Can dandruff be a sign of hair loss?
If your hair is thinning and you have a bad case of dandruff, you may be wondering if dandruff is actually causing the hair loss or if there is a connection?
Well the good news it’s not! Hair loss and dandruff are unrelated. The bad news is that you still have to treat the dandruff.
Dandruff is the result of an overgrowth of skin cells that make the scalp itchy and flaky. Drier conditions can irritate your skin and your dandruff can worsen. In comparison Male pattern baldness and hair loss is a genetic condition that affect hair follicles and results in receding hair lines and complete hair loss in some cases. Alopecia is also a medical condition that can result in hair loss as well.
How to treat dandruff
The good news dandruff is not considered a sign of poor health or is signaling that there may be something seriously wrong. Dandruff is essentially a bothersome aspect of a dry and unhealthy scalp.
- Dry skin
- A yeast-like fungus
- Seborrheic dermatitis
In most cases if dandruff is a brought on by dry skin, fungus or microbes simply treating your hair with anti dandruff shampoo can fix the issue. If it is a more severe skin condition like eczema or psoriasis you would need to consult your doctor and pursue a more aggressive form of treatment.
So why is dandruff and hair loss a common myth?
Many men and women will experience varying degrees of dandruff throughout their lives. As people get older they will also undergo some level of hair thinning or hair loss depending on their genetics. In later years it can be common that dandruff and hair loss become issues around the same time leading people to draw the conclusion that they are related in some way. Taking care of your scalp with the proper hair products, exfoliation, and hygiene can prevent dandruff and hair loss. You can learn more about taking care of your scalp here!
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