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New Findings: Your Sunscreen May Be the Cause of Your Receding Hairline

Svenson Hair has brought trichology to clients the world over for over 60 years. While tools and techniques have since progressed, our convictions remain the same: hair and scalp care that’s committed and holistic. Always one to bring the latest news and discoveries to their clients, Svenson attended the World Congress Hair Research 2019 this April at Barcelona. Much time was invested into the lectures, and exciting new discoveries were learned. This is part 3 of a series of 4 articles that the team has prepared to share their learnings.

Frontal Fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is the progressive loss of hair and scarring on the scalp near the forehead – the hairline; In some cases, the eyebrows, eye lashes or sideburns may be affected too1.

Since its first discovery in 1994, FFA diagnoses have increased dramatically worldwide, suggesting a correlation between FFA and leave on facial products – such as sunscreen2. A recent study conducted by Sinclair, R (2019), revealed that 88% of subjects who reported more frequent use of sunscreen-containing products had FFA as compared to the control group with 29% – supporting the hypothesis that sunscreen use on the hairline may cause FFA3.

This discovery is further exacerbated with the rise of nanoparticle ingredients and easy-to-absorb formulations, where sunscreen ingredients are reduced to nanoparticle-sized components for further absorption4. Common chemical sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone and octocrylene have also been found to be easily absorbed into skin after application5. A study conducted by Thompson (2019) showed that nanoparticle-sized ingredients stayed in the hair follicles even after surface cleansing.6

The recent findings have certainly stirred more discussion on the topic as sun protection is prevalent in most modern skincare and cosmetic products used on the face. Further research on this is needed to determine the particular cause of FFA for prevention, as well as to set standardised protocols for sunscreen usage.

In the meanwhile, here are some tips to prevent a receding hairline, while caring for your skin:

1. Use a Physical and Natural Sunscreen

There are two types of sun protection products for topical use – Chemical and Physical. The former is a chemical formulation of key ingredients which penetrate the skin to absorb UVA rays to prevent skin damage, whereas physical sunscreens are formulated to physically block and reflect harmful UV rays by sitting atop skin.7 The FDA only recognizes two key ingredients as generally safe and effective for sun filter use – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide; two of the most commonly used ingredients in physical sunscreens.8

As highlighted by the above paragraphs, use a natural physical sunscreen with the above mentioned FDA approved ingredients, which act as a protective on top of your skin, instead of using chemical sunscreens with its chemicals seeping into your pores and hair follicles.

Be sure to pick formulations that do not have chemical ingredients to avoid difficulty of getting rid of insoluble ingredients from follicles or pores. Try Bella Marie France’s Global High Protection SPF 50 PA++ – A physical sunscreen made of 100% mineral filters with deep sea microorganisms that protects skin from environmental pollution too.

2. Cleanse Thoroughly with the Right Shampoo

Be sure to not neglect your hairline when shampooing as it is often overlooked, even when washing your face.

Especially after a hot, sweaty day, shampooing twice is recommended to ensure all sebum and dead cell buildup on scalp surface is cleansed.

Try Svenson’s Balance Sebum Control Shampoo – Featuring a proprietary ayurvedica mix and Tiolisina Complex to effectively cleanse scalp of stubborn buildup and excess sebum.

Bella Marie France’s Global High Protection SPF 50 PA++ and Svenson’s Balance Sebum Control Shampoo

In-depth Hair Analysis

3. Get Trichoscopy Scalp Checks

A Japanese study on dermoscopic findings in FFA patients showed that a scalp scan is able to differentiate the FFA condition from Alopecia Areata condition.9 This would enable swifter response to treatment of conditions as well as preventive measures before the situation worsens.

A scalp scan particularly after using different products such as facial lotions or shampoos, would be beneficial as one would be able to see in-depth the reaction of hair growth to the newly introduced formulations.

Try Svenson’s In-Depth Hair Analysis (IDHA)* – A quantitative analysis of a trichoscopy scan which provides results across 11 statistical parameters such as follicle count, hair thickness and more.

4. Take Advantage of Breakthrough Technology for Your Scalp Cleansing

As seen in Thompson, C (2019)’s research results above, nanoparticles can be absorped into the follicles and retained. However, what we shun are harmful nanoparticles and not beneficial ones for hair growth.

Take advantage of modern technological technology to deep cleanse the hair follicles with Capillus (CAP-LS Therapy) to free them of unwanted particles and bacteria, whilst penetrating hair growth nutrients with low level laser lights.

Try Svenson’s CAP-LS Therapy – An FDA-approved technology. It is a revolutionary new approach that manages hair loss safely and effectively. It uses laser lights at a specific wavelength that stimulate hair follicles to promote microcirculation and nutrient absorption.


More articles on World Congress Hair Research 2019:

1 C. Pham, K. Hashemi, M. Juhasz, C. Ekelem, J. Lin, F. Choi, N. Atanaskova Mesinkovska, 2019,A SIGNIFICANT ASSOCIATION BETWEEN FRONTAL FIBROSING ALOPECIA AND FACIAL PROCEDURES, P.271
2 A. Combalia, N. Martínez, S. Gómez-Armayones, JM Mascaró, J. Ferrando, 2019, IS FRONTAL FIBROSING ALOPECIA A NEW CLINICAL PRESENTATION OF CONTACT DERMATITIS? , P.135
4 Thompson, C, 2019,
5 Benson HA, 2000, Assessment and clinical implications of absorption of sunscreens across skin.
6 Thompson, C, 2019,
8 FDA, 21 Feb 2019, FDA advances new proposed regulation to make sure that sunscreens are safe and effective,
9 Inui, S, Nakajima, T, Shono, F, Itami, S, 2008, Dermoscopic findings in frontal fibrosing alopecia: report of four cases,

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