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Ex On The Beach’s ZaraLena Jackson puts on a busty display after speaking out on alopecia

EOTB’s ZaraLena Jackson puts on a busty display in a mesh bodysuit and rocks blonde wig after revealing alopecia has left her ‘completely bald’


ZaraLena sizzled as she headed out for a night out with her girl pal Marlie Lewis at Boujee bar and restaurant in Manchester on Friday.

The Ex On The Beach star put on a busty display in a black bodysuit, which featured cut-outs at her bust, midriff and a mesh Zebra-inspired pattern along her toned pins.

ZaraLena’s outing comes after the reality star, 29, revealed she is trialling UV light therapy to treat alopecia after being left ‘completely bald’ from the condition. 

Wow! ZaraLena put on a busty display in a black bodysuit, which featured cut-outs at her bust, midriff and a mesh Zebra-inspired pattern along her toned pins

The beauty stepped out in a pair of clear court heels, carrying her essentials in a red suede purse.

ZaraLena donned a stunning palette of makeup and she wore a long blonde wig in a plait after revealing that her condition left her completely bald and without any body hair.

Meanwhile, her friend Marlie looked stunning in a black low-cut blazer and cycle shorts as she held hands with ZaraLena.

Stunner: ZaraLena donned a stunning palette of makeup, including fluffy eyelashes and red lipstick - while she wore a long blonde wig in a plait after revealing her condition left her bald

 Stunner: ZaraLena donned a stunning palette of makeup, including fluffy eyelashes and red lipstick – while she wore a long blonde wig in a plait after revealing her condition left her bald

The Naked Attraction star, 23, stepped out in a pair of gladiator heels, while she accessorised with a Gucci belt and a small black handbag. 

ZaraLena was diagnosed with alopecia last year after a bald patch at the front of her head grew rapidly.

‘I could see it getting worse and worse every day,’ she said. ‘But the doctors didn’t have any answers. It was like watching your identity being stripped away before your eyes.’

Gal pals: Meanwhile, her friend Marlie looked stunning in a black low-cut blazer and cycle shorts as she held hands with ZaraLena

Gal pals: Meanwhile, her friend Marlie looked stunning in a black low-cut blazer and cycle shorts as she held hands with ZaraLena

ZaraLena is now preparing to undergo UVB phototherapy, also known as ‘Light Therapy’ or ‘Phototherapy’, which has had mixed results as a treatment for alopecia.

UVB works by penetrating the skin and slowing the growth of affected skin cells. UVB Narrowband phototherapy is used for the treatment of several common skin diseases, including alopecia.

The influencer said: ‘Losing all your hair, especially at a young age, leaves you feeling like a deer in the headlights. It’s not just the hair on your head but losing all your eyebrows and eyelashes is the worst feeling ever. It makes you look ill and it’s devastating.

Hair loss: ZaraLena was diagnosed with alopecia last year after a bald patch at the front of her head grew rapidly

Hair loss: ZaraLena was diagnosed with alopecia last year after a bald patch at the front of her head grew rapidly

‘I couldn’t get any answers, it felt like I was screaming for help and nobody could hear.’

From the start, ZaraLena shared her story on Instagram, explaining: ‘When I posted my first fully bald photo, it actually felt amazing. I didn’t get one bad word.

‘Social media was like my coping mechanism, my strength came through sharing my story online.’

Her coping mechanism: From the start, ZaraLena shared her story on Instagram, explaining: 'When I posted my first fully bald photo, it actually felt amazing. I didn't get one bad word'

Her coping mechanism: From the start, ZaraLena shared her story on Instagram, explaining: ‘When I posted my first fully bald photo, it actually felt amazing. I didn’t get one bad word’

She continued: ‘I do get bad days, where my anxiety goes through the roof – and I used to have dreams about my hair falling out, even long after it was all gone.

‘But I would say losing my facial hair was worse than losing the hair on my head. It’s not something you would ever need to think about but normally, but it makes you look ill not having lashes and brows.’

ZaraLena is now waiting to begin UVB Phototherapy in March 2022.

The treatment involves twice-weekly appointments for six weeks, where she will lie exposed to a UV light.

Looking forward: ZaraLena is now waiting to begin UVB Phototherapy in March 2022. The treatment involves twice-weekly appointments for six weeks

Looking forward: ZaraLena is now waiting to begin UVB Phototherapy in March 2022. The treatment involves twice-weekly appointments for six weeks

WHAT IS ALOPECIA?

Alopecia, which causes baldness, is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. The immune system – the body’s defense system – turns on itself.

What are the symptoms?

‘Typically, one or more small bald patches, about the size of a 50p piece, appear on the scalp. The hair can start to regrow at one site, while another bald patch develops. Hair may also begin to thin all over the head,’ says Marilyn Sherlock, chairman of the Institute of Trichologists. 

What causes it?

‘For some reason, the body’s immune system begins to attack its own hair follicles. Special white blood cells in the body, known as T-lymphocytes, cause the hair to stop growing,’ she adds.

Can worry make it worse?

Stress has been shown to prolong the problem. 

Is it an inherited condition?

There is strong evidence to suggest that alopecia, like other auto-immune diseases, runs in families. About 25 per cent of patients have a family history of the disorder. 

Who gets it?

Alopecia areata usually affects teenagers and young adults, but it can affect people of any age. It is just as common among men as women. 

Is there a cure?

There is no known cure, although there are various treatments which may be effective for some people.

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