We are often advised by experts to protect our hair against strong sunlight (ironically actress Joan Collins endorses wigs as well as hats for this purpose!) But could spreading certain suncreams or moisturisers as far as the hairline or even into the hairline actually CONTRIBUTE to a receding hairline?
Of course the odd person will have an allergy to the odd product and we all need to experiment to find out what works for us and what doesn’t.
Most of us would hopefully quickly stop using a product if we suspected that it was either causing a problem or making an existing problem worse.
The British Journal of Dermatology have just published the findings of a study undertaken by Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital which involved 205 women. 105 with early signs of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (a receding hairline all round the scalp) and 100 without, to act as a control group. All participants were of similar age and both were quizzed about their use of sunscreens and moisturisers and it turned out that those with FFA used a significantly higher quantity of these products, (many of today’s moisturisers also contain sun screen), than those without this problem.
It is already known that post-menopausal women are more prone to FFA, which could mean that hormones play a part in interacting with the chemicals of these products in a detrimental way. In addition FFA is can can extra entry points into the skin, being a scarring condition. Research remains at an early stage. Until we know more, it is recommended to keep sunscreen and moisturiser away from hairlines and use hats for protection in strong sunlight instead.
It might also be helpful to report any side-effects you believe you have suffered as a result of using a certain product to the manufacturer as they need to know. It could also potentially help others if the issue is investigated and corrected for future product development.