Is Dandruff a Sign of Hair Loss?



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 is it’s not! Hair loss and dandruff are unrelated. The bad news is that you still have to treat 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 hairlines 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

Dandruff is not considered a sign of poor health or indicates that something may be seriously wrong. Dandruff is a bothersome aspect of a dry and unhealthy scalp.

  • Dry skin
  • A yeast-like fungus
  • Microbes
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis


In most cases, dandruff is a brought on by dry skin, fungus, or microbes. You can treat dandruff by washing your hair with anti-dandruff shampoo. In more severe cases 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 experience 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.

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