Actress Bea Benedicto revealed she has alopecia or extreme hair loss. She said this is the reason why she became less active on social media last year.
“There’s a reason why I went off TikTok and why I stopped posting stories of my face (or head in general lol) last 2020,” she said.
“No more workout stories, too, because that’d reveal something I’ve been going through in private,” she added. Bea Benedicto said that aside from alopecia, she is also suffering from hormonal imbalance and PCOS which caused her acne but she said “it was so much worse than that.”
“I lost a lot of hair. I got this extreme alopecia that I didn’t get treated right away because of the quarantine,” she said. “The bald spots just kept getting bigger until it became like this in the video.”
“I was depressed, I was anxious, and I was balding. I’d be sad then more hair would fall off, then I’d get more sad. It was a bad cycle hahaha! June ‘till December 2020 really wasn’t a good time mentally, and I just want to say – especially for those who are going through something similar – that things will be ok,” she added.
Bea Benedicto reveals she has alopecia
Bea Benedicto said that she could not go to the dermatologist for her alopecia treatment at the beginning of the quarantine. She then resorted to home remedies and took biotin supplements, getting vitamin D via sun exposure, and using castor oil.
She added all of those did not work and she’s relieved she can now get professional help for her extreme hair loss.
According to Healthline
, “Female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is hair loss that affects women. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, except that women can lose their hair in a different pattern than men.”
Female pattern baldness is generally caused by an underlying endocrine condition or a hormone-secreting tumor.
Although alopecia can occur anywhere on the body, it is most distressing when it affects the scalp. Alopecia in women has been found to have significant deleterious effects on self-esteem, psychological well-being, and body image.