Feb 1, 2024, 02:07 PM IST
Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart recently revealed that she has been dealing with alopecia, a regressive form of hair loss. Opening up about it for the first time, she spoke about the diagnosis and how she wants people to be aware of it.
Alopecia develops when the "immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss," according to the US National Institute of Health. It mainly affects the head and face but hair loss can be experienced in other parts of the body too.
There is reportedly no recognised reason for this disorder. Scientists believe the cause could be genetic, as it tends to run in families.
While there is no said cure for alopecia yet, some scientists believe that red light therapy can assist in stimulating hair growth.
Lili Reinhart revealed on TikTok about the diagnosis. She wrote, "Was just diagnosed with alopecia in the midst of a major depressive episode."
She has previously spoken about her struggles with mental health. She has also been depressed for some time now. In a 2020 interview, Lili Reinhart admitted she once felt like going through a "black tunnel that was never going to end".