2 weeks before Christmas I started noticing a few white hairs on my beard near my chin, by Christmas the spot grew to the size of a quarter and by New Years I had another spot on almost the exact same spot on the other side of my face. A couple days after new years I was going to see a dermatologist about an unrelated(at least I thought) health issue with my hands and feet. He told me that I had alopecia barbae and there was nothing I could do about it, eventually the spots would grow hair back. White first, then would return to my normal color of dark brown.
A key aspect of hair loss with age is the aging of the hair follicle.  Ordinarily, hair follicle renewal is maintained by the stem cells associated with each follicle. Aging of the hair follicle appears to be primed by a sustained cellular response to the DNA damage that accumulates in renewing stem cells during aging.  This damage response involves the proteolysis of type XVII collagen by neutrophil elastase in response to the DNA damage in the hair follicle stem cells. Proteolysis of collagen leads to elimination of the damaged cells and then to terminal hair follicle miniaturization.
Thank you so very much for writing this to me. I am so grateful for your kind words. They are very encouraging to me and for many others who are going through alopecia and hair loss issues. Please know that you have not only really helped to give me some very much needed support, but your comment is also very inspiring to many others. I pray that your hair continues to grow and flourish and that you are blessed, just as you have blessed us here today. Please stay in touch and feel free to write to me anytime. I really need more people like you in my life. Stay sweet and have a great day! BUG HUGS!! xox