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POLL: What Percentage of People Worldwide Will Experience Alopecia in Their Lifetime?


This Hair Loss Awareness Month, test your knowledge of hair loss conditions. Click here to answer this week's poll.

What percentage of people worldwide will experience alopecia in their lifetime?


According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation,1 approximately 2% of people worldwide will experience hair loss due to alopecia areata in their lifetime.

When taking this statistic into account, approximately 160 million people globally have had, currently have, or will have alopecia areata, including approximately 6.7 million in the US.

At this moment in time, it can be approximated that 700,000 people in the US, both children and adults, currently have some form of alopecia areata.


  1. Alopecia areata - National Alopecia Areata Foundation. NAAF. June 23, 2023. Accessed August 11, 2023. https://www.naaf.org/alopecia-areata/.

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