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What is Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia: CCCA is a type of scarring alopecia hair loss that occurs almost exclusively in women of African descent, and can easily lead to permanent hair loss. CCCA is a major cause of hair loss for many Black women .
Hair loss from CCCA begins at the center top of the head and progresses in an ovular or circular area outwards. “Centrifugal” refers to the circular pattern of hair loss commonly seen in patients. CCCA is known to progress gradually but can be aggressively progressive for some.
During its later stages, CCCA can lead to permanent hair loss due to scarring that happens at the follicular level. The “cicatricial” categorization of CCCA originates from the scarring that happens at the hair follicles. Due to the scarring nature of CCCA, it is categorized as scarring alopecia.
General symptoms of CCCA can be quite uncomfortable:
Other names for CCCA include:
CCCA is generally accepted as a hereditary condition , but is also known to be exacerbated by the following factors:
CCCA is generally accepted to affect mostly Black women over the age of 30. CCCA is known as a major factor of hair loss for Black women due to the more common use of tight hairstyles that put tension or pull on the scalp, or due to the harsh products used by women with Afro-textured hair. Just recently, there has been a possible genetic basis for CCCA discovered .
If you suspect you have CCCA, it is best to treat it early.
First begin with a licensed dermatologist who is an expert in CCCA diagnosing and treatment, such as Dr. Sanusi Umar, MD.
Diagnosing CCCA will be done based on the visual examination of the patient’s scalp, or by using a special handheld magnifying lens instrument – known as dermoscopy or trichoscopy. To finalize or confirm the diagnosis, however, may require a biopsy.
Using trichoscopy, the dermatologist would be directed to the best spot on the scalp from which the biopsy should be extracted.
This biopsy process entails the extraction of only a small piece of skin between 2-4mm in size after numbing the area with a local anesthetic, similar to what you would find at the dentist.
Once extracted, the biopsy specimen is further studied in fine detail under the microscope by the dermatologist or dermatopathologist who searches for key features to confirm whether or not the patient has CCCA.
Although CCCA is known as a stubborn and difficult condition to treat, often failing improvement even with the use of drugs and pharmaceuticals, such as steroid creams, topicals, and injections, Dr. Umar has had extensive success in reducing symptoms for his CCCA patients, with results such as exceptional improvement in hair growth, hair health, as well as the reduction of other CCCA-related symptoms.
Dr. Umar does this through various original treatment procedures he personally developed. More information on his natural product line Dr.UGro Gashee can be found below.
Most dermatologist treatment for CCCA includes oral, topical, or injectable steroids, as well as a range of other pharmaceuticals or drug-based products.
These pharmaceutical or drug-based treatments generally work by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system to prevent the destruction of healthy follicles. For advanced stages of CCCA, however, anti-inflammatory medications are often used. Certain families of oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline) can potentially lessen inflammation and prevent further hair loss.
There are also other medications that have been tried for CCCA, including powerful immunosuppressants and modulators such as hydroxychloroquine, Tacrolimus, cyclosporine, and mycophenolate. These treatments are usually combined with procedures involving platelets or light. Many of these treatments show variable and inconsistent response rates.
As a final key takeaway, it is important to note that these drug-based or pharmaceutical treatments do not cure CCCA. They only maintain its symptoms temporarily. Therefore, these treatments are often used chronically – such as in the case of steroid topical injections, which involve ongoing steroid injections into the patient’s scalp to temporarily minimize symptoms. Unfortunately, for reasons such as patient frustration, as well as unwanted side effects or complications, these treatments are often discontinued.
In such a situation, finding a treatment for CCCA that works for the long-term, without side effects, and is easy to use, would be a significant improvement for CCCA treatments.
Over years of experience in managing hair conditions as a world-renowned hair expert, and having used all the conventional approaches for treating CCCA, Dr. U has created his own original natural botanical products for treating CCCA.
Instead of using steroid scalp injections, topicals, and other drugs, Dr. U has been able to help save his patients from the pain and discomfort associated with those treatments by using his self-formulated natural hair product line, Dr.UGro Gashee.
Whereas other general treatments have shown little to no improvement for CCCA symptoms,
Dr. U’s self-formulated Gashee has recently been reported as the first botanical to show a positive response toward CCCA.
Gashee is a popular brand of hair care products that utilize natural ingredients to nourish the hair and scalp while effectively maximizing hair health for growth and strength.
Dr.UGro Gashee products are formulated with natural ingredients including necessary vitamins for hair health. Some of Gashee’s quality natural ingredients include a proprietary blend of green tea, cinnamon, celery, grape seed, rosemary, aloe vera, pumpkin seed, and more.
In addition to these botanical ingredients, Gashee uses hyaluronic acid, zinc, iron, and other crucial vitamins to reduce inflammation, boost growing hair health, provide moisture, and repair damaged hair via healthy growth. The botanical lotion and pomade work topically to fight various forms of alopecia and improve hair and scalp health while the oral botanical supplements assist hair health through internal means.
In a recently published peer-review medical journal, Dr.UGro Gashee hair products have been reported as the first botanical that showed a positive response towards CCCA symptoms, including hair loss. In the study, several women who had a history of CCCA, previously treated with pharmaceuticals and drug-based means such as topical and injectable steroids with little to no positive results, have shown positive responses when using Gashee natural hair products. This is a significant finding, as the role of natural products in the future of CCCA treatment can prove to have massive potential due to their often more favorable side effect profiles, better suited for long-term patient use.
“Botanical” simply refers to products derived from plants. The utilization of natural ingredients from plants often creates a healthier, more effective product. Botanicals are particularly known for naturally-occurring healing and medicinal properties that are easy for the body to absorb. Dr.UGro Gashee uses botanicals in all products, providing naturally-derived lotions, pomades, and supplements. These products created or cold-extracted from plants promote improved holistic wellness and hair health, helping fight symptoms of CCCA in a way that is safe, natural, and proven effective.
The pictures below show the before and after photo results of one of the many patients involved in the Gashee study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. This patient, as well as many others who participated in the study, was able to recover a large portion of hair loss in areas of balding areas of hair loss through daily use of Gashee topical and oral supplements.
Never before has there been a natural treatment that has been reported to show a positive response toward CCCA.
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