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Lili Reinhart smiles at a press event wearing a halterneck top and has her hair tied back.

Lili Reinhart Shares Alopecia Diagnosis

Lili Reinhart is living with alopecia.

The Riverdale star shared her personal health news on TikTok, where she posted a video of herself undergoing red light therapy to treat the condition.

“Was just diagnosed with alopecia in the midst of a major depressive episode,” she wrote in the clip, adding “red light therapy is my new best friend.” She didn’t post any further details about her diagnosis.

Lili, who has been open about living with body dysmorphia and mental health issues in the past, is lip-syncing in the video: “I’m pushed beyond the limits of what a person should be pushed to endure.”

So what is alopecia exactly?

According to the Alopecia Areata Foundation in the U.S., it’s an autoimmune disease that attacks your body’s hair follicles, causing hair loss “on the scalp, face and sometimes other body areas, like under the arms or on the legs.” Alopecia often results in patchy hair loss and impacts about 2% of people across the world at some point in their lifetime.

 

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Lili isn’t the only famous person living with the condition. A number of celebrities have spoken out about their alopecia diagnosis including Jada Pinkett-Smith who first opened up about “losing handfuls of hair” during an episode of her Facebook show, Red Table Talk. She said that it was terrifying at first but eventually developed some perspective:

“People are out here with cancer, with sick children… I watch the higher power take things every day and if the higher power wants to take my hair? That’s it? God, you want my hair? When I looked at it from that perspective, it did settle me.”

Actor Viola Davis who developed alopecia when she was 28, said in a 2014 interview with Vulture that her condition was linked to stress.

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.