Chemically induced cosmetic alopecia

Br J Dermatol. 1993 May;128(5):537-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1993.tb00231.x.


Cosmetic causes of scarring alopecia are poorly documented. They include traction alopecia and hot-combing. Recently, another group has presented in the South London area, related to misuse of chemical hair straightening agents. Affected patients are young, female, of Afro-Caribbean origin, and typically display hair loss on the vertex of the scalp. Histology shows a pattern of fibrosis and inflammation characteristic of the physical damage seen with other cosmetic procedures. This histological pattern is distinguishable from other non-cosmetic causes of scarring alopecia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alopecia / chemically induced*
  • Alopecia / pathology
  • Female
  • Hair / pathology
  • Hair Preparations / adverse effects*
  • Hair Preparations / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Scalp / pathology


  • Hair Preparations