March 28, 2022 – Last night’s Oscars were the talk of the day.
Troy Coser becomes the first deaf person to win an Oscar — and the coveted Best Supporting Actor award.
But it can be said that what happened after that stole the show.
Viewers and viewers alike watched in awe as actor Will Smith paraded across the stage and slapped awards presenter and comedian Chris Rock in the face after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, for her bald.
Pinkett Smith publicly shares her relationship with hair loss areata, a disease that causes your immune system Attack your hair follicles.For many, it can also be stigmatized and can lead to frustrated or mental illness.
turn out hair loss, from quarter-sized patches to losing all the hair on your head or even your entire body. About 700,000 people in the United States have alopecia areata, According to a 2020 study. Of these, slightly more than half were women and more than 77% were white. (To learn more about alopecia areata and hair loss, click here.)
The incident went viral on social media, with those affected by alopecia expressing strong emotions.
Disease is never fun
Locke’s comments could touch millions of people affected by hair loss, said Carolyn Goh, MD, a dermatologist at UCLA Health.
“As someone who suffers from hair loss myself, I see it as a micro-aggression,” Goh said. “I’ve been through a lot of comments like this. These build up over time and wear us out.”
A UK Instagram user, kitten drysaid the look on Pinkett Smith’s face represented the hurt many people felt in the situation.
“I would like to start this article by saying that I have absolutely no tolerance for violence of any kind, but thank you Will Smith,” said Dry, 23, who was diagnosed with Universal after losing all her hair in 12 weeks. Hair loss.
“This slap is for hair loss sufferers who have been exposed to unwelcome jokes, comments, or stares,” Dry said.
Those with hair loss conditions often feel helpless and sometimes confused, said Amy McMichael, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
That’s why it’s important for these people to see a board-certified dermatologist so they know they’re not alone, she said.
“As dermatologists, we can not only diagnose the type of hair loss, but also treat it,” says McMichael.
Hair loss awareness
Dermatologists can also help patients connect with organizations that address the physical and emotional struggles of people with hair loss, such as the National Foundation for Alopecia areata and the Foundation for Scarring Alopecia, McMichael said.
She hopes last night’s event will show people “the many faces of hair loss” and show that these conditions can happen to people of all ages, races and genders.
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation called what happened at the Oscars a “teachable” moment.
“We encourage our community and the general public to learn more about alopecia areata so we can end the stigma surrounding this disease,” the group said in a statement.
Anyone experiencing hair loss should feel free to explore potential medical causes and, if needed, seek mental health treatment, Goh said.