posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:24 PM
I had something very similar occur during Summer of '90. That was back when I shaved faithfully every Spring and Fall. Being mid-Summer, I had a
full beard, and a habit of occasionally running my hand down over my mustasche and chin to keep it smoothed down (longer it gets, wilder it gets).
One day, to my surprise, a patch came off in my fingers. I naturally reached up and pulled a little at the spot and another patch came cleanly off.
Talk about a cold chill in the pit of your stomach. I went to a mirror and looked; sure enough, a good-sized area missing hair. Being of a curious
nature, I reached up and gently began tugging hair in that area. The hairs were completely detached from the face, being supported by the
surrounding, intact beard. Looking back, I don't recall whether the root was attached or not. Eventually, I had removed the loose hairs and had a
baby smooth bare oval about 1 1/4" long by 3/4" wide. It was located about the same place as the one in the OP photo, but opposite side of chin.
Needless to say, I shaved. That, of course, threw my whole Fall schedule off and it's not been quite the same since.
Over the next week or so, an oval of missing hair appeared on the left side of my head, right above the ear and the outside half of my left eyebrow.
I found that it was somehow related to an immunological system response, but little more was known about the phenomenon, or condition. I think
someone posted some info link earlier in the thread.
For the next several months, I remained quite neatly shaven - it looked pretty odd with any facial hair growth. Fortunately, the hair on my head was
quite long enough to cover the spot over my ear. The missing half of the left eyebrow gave me a touch of mystery and distinction (so I rationalized
The spots remained baby smooth for a few months, then hair started growing back. It began slowly, as very thin and completely white, bristles. Over
another 4 - 6 months, the hair went back to its original texture and color. Little over a year, all total. Same with the spot above the ear, but the
eyebrow has not completely come back in - outer half of left side still sparse.
At any rate, though not completely understood beyond being an immunological system response, it is a known and fairly common phenomenon.