Riverdale star Lili Reinhart opened up about being diagnosed with alopecia.
The 27-year old actress shared via Tiktok last January 29 the ordeal she’s going through when she found out about her autoimmune disorder
“I’m pushed beyond limits of what a person should be pushed to endure,” says Reinhart in a somber clip, leaning against a pillow with a red light arched over her head.
Alopecia is a common disease that causes hair loss. Oftentimes it’s on the scalp but can affect any hair on the body.
“Red light therapy is my new best friend. #alopecia #mentalhealth,” the actress adds.
According to Medical News Today: “Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss.
“In most cases, hair falls out in small patches around the size of a quarter. There may be only a few patches, but alopecia areata can affect wider areas of the scalp.
“If there is a complete loss of hair on the scalp, doctors diagnose alopecia totalis. If there is hair loss throughout the entire body, the condition is called alopecia universalis.
“Alopecia can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race, though most cases develop before the age of 30.
“Red light therapy stimulates hair growth and can increase hair count, thickness and density.”
Fans have since shared their support for Reinhart, offering encouraging words and sharing their own experiences with the illness.
“Thank you for using your platform to bring awareness to this,” one follower wrote.
While another wrote: “The beginning is tough, but you got this ❤️.”
Prior to her alopecia diagnosis, Reinhart has been candid about experiencing hair damage due to her work in TV and film.
“My hair is damaged as hell from being on [Riverdale] and just from heat styling in general. I try to take really good care of my hair by using hydrating and repairing products. I have to wear a wig because my hair has been through so much,” Reinhart revealed in her 2019 interview with Allure.
Reinhart was also in the midst of a major depressive episode upon receiving her diagnosis with alopecia.
She has previously opened up about her battle with depression in May 2021 via social media.
“Some days I feel really defeated by my depression. It’s an exhausting battle that I’ve been fighting for 11 years and some days, like today, it can feel intolerable,” she captioned on Instagram.
The actress has been encouraging fans who are also struggling with depression.
“Remember you are always worth fighting for. And tomorrow could be such a beautiful day.”
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