NAAF Responds to Academy Awards Incident

Mar 28, 2022

Alopecia Areata is No Joke  

Simply put - Alopecia areata is no joke.

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body. The disease affects nearly seven million people in the United States and 147 million people worldwide. It can be unpredictable and cause significant physical, emotional/mental health, psycho-social, and financial burdens – and there is no cure, effective treatment or standard of care. Alopecia areata does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age and may be a temporary or life-long condition. Many people living with the condition are suffering, and we must do better to support this community and erase the stigma, discrimination, and societal barriers that persist.

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation, or NAAF, is the leading organization dedicated to supporting people and families affected by alopecia areata and educating the public at large about this autoimmune condition. We stand with the alopecia areata community and are here to support those in need, especially in the wake of emotional moments such as the one we all witnessed last night at the Academy Awards. We encourage both our community and the broader public to learn more about alopecia areata so we can end the stigma around this disease.

For more information and support, visit: NAAF.org.

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