Dr Adebola Ogunbiyi, Consultant Dermatologist at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has said that 47 per cent of Nigeria’s young females have frontal balding before age 19, according to a vanguard reports
Ogunbiyi disclosed this in Ibadan while speaking at a symposium organised to mark the 2015 World Health Skin Day, on June 18, by the National Association of Dermatologists.
She said the frontal balding was as a result of recurrent traction of the hair during braising, weaving and relaxing of the hair.
Ogunbiyi, who is also the President of the association, said this year’s theme: “The African Scalp and hair: Problems and Solutions”, was apt and appropriate.
“We are educating people on issues affecting the skin and scalp, and this year’s theme is dedicated to addressing diseases of the hair and scalp,’’ she said.
Ogunbiyi said Nigerians have no adequate information and knowledge about their hair and skin, because dermatologists are very few in the country and very few people have access to quality skin healthcare.
She said the “function of the skin is to regulate its temperature, produce vitamin D and serve as barrier to infection and sunlight’’.
She disclosed that hair problems in Nigerian women had become worrisome, as most hair stylists were not properly trained and equipped in hair and scalp management.