Genetic Glitches and Topical Vitamins: Another Self-Experiment for Alopecia Areata

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Hello, friends, it’s been a while since I’ve updated. No news is…no news, actually. But the good news is that despite a stressful couple of months, I haven’t yet noticed any additional hair loss. Of course, I don’t have much to lose (I haven’t done a trim pic update, so this was the last one and I don’t know that there’s much more, but I don’t think there’s any less).

On an interesting note, though, and following up to this post on my genetic testing results, I’ve been doing a bit more research and it seems that there’s some folks like me that are weak in the Vitamin D, B12 and A areas, even though I/we consume tons of foods with them, and I get more sun than I have in years and take insane amounts of supplements.

(My primary-care physician, who is not Doc, has had me on Vitamin D supplements for over 10 years, including experimenting with 50,000 IUs a week for 12 weeks. The result? Nothing. Never changed. I was ingesting an average of more than 7,000 IUs daily and no change. And by comparison, the current recommended daily allowances are about 400-800 to 1,000-2,000IUs).

It seems that some of us have weak Vitamin D receptor processing or something (I’ve said a thousand times and will say again, I’m not a doctor, nor any sort of medical professional, so please don’t take anything that I say as advice, I’m just willing to experiment on myself.)

If you’ve followed this blog at all (or if you need a refresh), you may recall that after I was diagnosed with melanoma at 15, I basically built a sunshine blockade around my body, barricading myself under layers of 50SPF sunscreen, clothing, walls, hats, umbrellas, caves…anything to avoid the sun.

But I think after years of such extremes, maybe it was too much in the protection-direction. I’m pretty certain that I likely made it really difficult for my body to process Vitamin D normally. The Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 (and likely, too, Vitamin K2) deficiencies, along with the Vitamin D, are likely the result of that, too, rather than a lack of sufficient food or supplements. And since my digestion was screwed up for years, I think that further compounded things.

Alas, even after a couple of years of relatively wholesome living, it seems that I’m still not assimilating vitamins at the level that my body needs (though I feel great, so that must count for something).

And I’ve found more and more studies that confirm the connection between low Vitamin D levels and a slew of autoimmune issues, including alopecia areata/totalis/universalis.

And, I did find a single study of a boy who’s AA responded well to topical vitamin treatments. And I found several studies showing that several poeple who haven’t responded to oral supplements have seen their Vitamin D levels go up significantly (2-3x) after topical treatment.

All that said, yesterday I ordered a cream with Vitamins D and K in it. I should get it in a few days and will use it daily between now and my next appointment with my primary care physician, in February. I’ll also continue to take supplements, the current 5,000 IUs (they haven’t moved the needle yet, in years, so I don’t think I can overdo it but time will tell).

If bloodwork in February shows a boost, then I’ll stick with the topical vitamins for a while. And if anyone out there has experience with topical vitamin treatments for alopecia areata, please let me/us know via the comments section, thank you!

Cheers and peace, all! Thanks for reading!

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

Photo credit: Photo by from Pexels, thank you!


  1. I know, I had been researching this for a few weeks and just ordered the cream yesterday afternoon! I’ll keep you posted, maybe this could help you, too, if your doc says it’s okay to try it. xoxoxo


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