Sunscreen blamed for alopecia in middle-aged women

The prevalence of this condition has increased tenfold in a decade

Using sunscreen on a regular basis may exacerbate a type of alopecia that is increasingly found in middle-aged women, according to Australian dermatologists.

In a report published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, the authors highlight the case of a 54-year-old woman who was suffering from hair loss across her front hairline and eyebrows.

The condition, known as frontal fibrosing alopecia, did not respond to conventional therapy.

After 12 months of trying myriad treatments, including triamcinolone, ciclosporin, dutasteride, minoxidil and spironolactone, the patient’s anterior hairline recession had increased even further, the authors report.

“At this time the first reports implicating regular sunscreen use in frontal fibrosing alopecia pathogenesis were published,” writes Dr William Cranwell and Professor Rodney Sinclair.

“The patient was advised to stop using