CCCA- A Common Cause of Hair Loss

CCCA Alopecia Hair Loss Treatment

CCCA- A Common Cause of Hair Loss

What is CCCA?

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) is a form of hair loss, commonly seen in women, and sometimes men, of African descent. This is one of the top reasons why African- Americans seek dermatologic evaluation.

What causes CCCA?

The exact cause of CCCA is unclear, but is thought to be due to a variety of factors. These include a history of intense heat, tight hairstyles or the application of chemical relaxers and dyes. These hair grooming practices could have occurred as far back as during childhood or teenage years. CCCA can also be triggered by the naturally curly shape of African hair follicles. CCCA only affects some individuals with curly hair. Therefore, we believe that there is also be a genetic component triggering the disease. It often affects multiple family members.

What are the symptoms of CCCA?

People with CCCA often have burning, itching, tenderness or tiny bumps on the scalp. These usually occurs on the top of the head and gradually spreads outwards. In the early stage, there may be no visible hair loss, or the hairs may be fragile, short and broken.

How can I treat CCCA?

As CCCA is a complex disorder, the treatment regimen fights the hair loss from multiple approaches. This includes:

  • Medicated creams to ease scalp inflammation
  • Oral anti-inflammatory pills
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Changes in hair -grooming practices
  • Scalp Injections
  • Injections using your body’s own blood products
  • Hair transplantation
  • Light therapy

When should I seek treatment for hair loss?

If you think you have CCCA, or any other type of hair loss or alopecia, make an appointment ASAP with Dr. Ife Rodney, a double board-certified dermatologist and hair loss expert! Time is of the essence when it comes to hair loss. As a result, great results are possible with early intervention.


Eternal Dermatology is located in the Maple Lawn community in Fulton Maryland- 5 minutes from Columbia MD and Laurel MD. We serve Montgomery County, PG County and Howard County MD and surrounding areas.


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