Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Dandruff is a common condition that affects approximately 50 percent of adults. It causes dry, itchy, flaky skin on the scalp that typically falls off, leaving small white flakes on one’s shoulders and clothing.

Some dandruff sufferers also report developing hair loss, but is dandruff really to blame? Read on as we examine the link between dandruff and hair loss.

The Connection

There is no scientific proof that dandruff directly causes hair loss. However, the constant itching and scratching associated with dandruff can injure hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. Additionally, dandruff can increase hair loss in those with androgenic alopecia, a condition that cause male and female pattern baldness.

Preventing Dandruff-Related Hair Loss

You can help prevent dandruff-related hair loss by eliminating as much of the dryness and itchiness as possible, thereby reducing the urge to scratch your scalp. This will protect the follicles from damage. If you suffer from dandruff or any condition that causes a dry, itchy scalp, take the following precautions:

  • See your primary health physician or dermatologist to diagnose the issue. Some skin conditions may present as dandruff so it’s important to identify the cause and follow the correct course of treatment.
  • Consider your hair care routine. Sometimes washing your hair too frequently or not frequently enough can lead to dandruff.
  • Use a medicated shampoo designed to help with dandruff. Look for a product containing pyrinthione zinc, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, or selenium sulfide.
  • It’s important to hydrate the scalp regardless of the underlying cause of dandruff, especially if using a medicated shampoo which can be drying with regular use.
  • Avoid hair products that can irritate sensitive skin. Steer clear of products containing preservatives, fragrances, bleach, detergents, and formaldehyde.
  • Try to manage your stress. Stress can weaken your immune system, making your scalp more sensitive to naturally occurring fungus that can trigger dandruff-like symptoms.
  • While UV rays increase your risk of skin cancer and lead to premature aging, a little bit of sun may help prevent dandruff. Be sure to wear sunscreen on all exposed areas of your body.

If you’re dealing with dandruff-related hair loss, speak to a trained medical professional who can diagnose and treat the problem. For permanent hair thinning or loss due to male or female pattern baldness, scarring, or a variety of other factors, speak to the hair restoration experts at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Our highly trained and experienced staff is ready to help improve your appearance and regain your self-control. Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.