FFA and Smoking

Why is smoking so rare among FFA patients?

This month a new study published raised a rather unusual question: could women who smoke have a reduced risk of frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) ?

This topic still requires further study but the question first arose from a realization that FFA is rather uncommon in women who smoke. Researchers from Spain showed that non-smokers were found to have more severe FFA than smokers. Interestingly, tobacco exposure was found to be a protective factor. It’s an observation that requires further study.

Fonda-Pascual et al. Frontal fibrosing alopecia and environment: may tobacco be protective? J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Feb;31(2):e98-e99

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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