Can bad enough sunburn stop hair growth?



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Gar

Guest
About a year and a half ago I was on a boat all day and got a pretty good sunburn on my lower legs.
It was a weird burn since it was only on the outer sides of my legs, split almost straight down my
shins. Ever since then the hair where the sunburn was doesnt grow any hair. The insides of my lower
leg have hair but the outsides have almost nothing. Is it possible to have damaged my skin to the
point where i doesnt grow hair anymore? Could this just be a temporary thing?

Thanks in advance, Brian
 
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Murray Hudon

Guest
Hi Brian,

It would have to be a pretty significant burn!!! Hair growth occurs in the subcutaneous layers of
the skin, and typically, a sunburn only involves the epidermal layers (or cutaneous layers) of skin.

With this in mind, there is not a lot of epidermal tissue along the outside of the leg, particularly
near the shin, so it is possible that you have damaged the hair follicles in that area, and no new
hair growth will occur, permanently!

Regards,

Murray A.W. Hudon, R.N.

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www.snowcountrywellness.com

"GAR" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> About a year and a half ago I was on a boat all day and got a pretty good sunburn on my lower
> legs. It was a weird burn since it was only on the outer sides of my legs, split almost straight
> down my shins. Ever since then the hair where the sunburn was doesnt grow any hair. The insides of
my
> lower leg have hair but the outsides have almost nothing. Is it possible
to
> have damaged my skin to the point where i doesnt grow hair anymore? Could this just be a
> temporary thing?
>
> Thanks in advance, Brian