Hair disorders

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Duke’s dermatologists diagnose and treat hair disorders, such as hair loss (alopecia), excessive hairiness (hirsutism), and abnormal hair growth (hypertrichosis). We understand that abnormal hair growth can be distressing and affect your self confidence. We work closely with you to diagnose the cause of your condition, and develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your medical needs, improves your condition, and helps you regain a positive self-image.

Recognized leaders in hair disorders

Many factors can contribute to hair disorders. Alopecia, or hair loss, may be caused by medical conditions such as lupus, thyroid disorder, protein or iron deficiencies, or hormonal imbalances.  Hirsutism -- abnormal hair growth in women (such as a beard or chest hair) -- may be caused by ovarian, adrenal, thyroid or pituitary conditions. Identifying the cause, and treating the condition are our goal. 

We work with people who have the most complicated cases of hair loss and hair overgrowth, as well as people who experience chemotherapy-related hair loss. Our experienced dermatologists are also dedicated researchers of hair disorders and continually test new therapies through our clinical trials.

Choose Duke Dermatology for your hair disorder treatment because we offer:

  • Experience. Our skilled dermatologists are experienced and trained to treat patients with the full range of hair disorders. 
  • A team of specialists. Depending on the cause and type of your hair disorder, your dermatologist may collaborate with your primary care doctor, or work with specialists across Duke Health. Our goal is to ensure you receive the most effective treatment for your hair disorder, as well as any underlying medical problem that may be the cause.


Our dermatologists strive to treat your condition in its early stages, to achieve the best results. If your hair disorder is caused by an underlying medical condition, your doctor will collaborate with your primary care doctor or other Duke specialists to develop an appropriate treatment plan.


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