Dandruff and Hair Loss- Is there a link?
Dandruff on its own can be hard to deal with, but is there a link between dandruff and hair loss? The appearance of dandruff usually starts at a young age. In many cases it starts to appear in childhood until early adulthood. Although a harmless hair condition the dryness, itchiness and flaking can make life very difficult. Many people believe that the onset of dandruff can lead to hair loss. While this is not true at all, dandruff may be a secondary cause for accelerating the thinning of hair and hair loss.
Dealing with dandruff
There are a number of reasons why dandruff can start to appear. It may be down to a poor diet, dry skin, eczema, not shampooing enough or just a bad reaction to particular hair products. The white flakes that are commonly associated with dandruff appear on the hair, forehead and shoulders. During the winter the condition tends to deteriorate while improving in the summer.
In most cases you can manage dandruff by using specialist hair care products. In particularly bad cases a dermatologist will be able to provide specialist advice and treatments to help soothe the problem.
Seborrheic dermatitis is also sometimes confused with dandruff. This common skin condition creates scaly patches and dandruff on the scalp. It also affects many other areas of the body too. The difference between seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff is the former is inflamed and painful, while the latter is not.
Is there a link between dandruff and hair loss?
Despite the myth persisting that dandruff can lead to sustained hair loss there has been no conclusive research confirming it to date. We do know that dandruff can create an itchy scalp. As a result, this can lead to temporary hair loss. This occurs with the constant scratching of hair causing it to fall out. This is especially true for any thin hair that you are able to dislodge easily.
In general men experience more hair loss than woman. Male pattern baldness mostly occurs in men over 35, although it can begin sooner. In many cases those that suffer from hair loss also have dandruff. Some researchers have made the link that male hormones could be responsible for the appearance of dandruff.
What can you do to make improve your scalp condition?
Nearly two-thirds of people across the world have to deal with hair thinning, loss or breakage, regardless of whether they have dandruff or not. You may even notice that hair often comes out after shampooing and washing it. But this doesn’t mean you should stop washing to prevent it happening. How frequently you wash your hair has no bearing on the amount of hair you lose.
Not washing your hair would quickly turn your scalp into a disaster zone. You will start to scratch the scalp more which will lead to hair falling out. If you have dandruff you must use a specialist over-the-counter shampoo to treat it. Keeping your hair and scalp clean is an essential part of combating dandruff.
So to summarise the link between dandruff and hair loss. You can stop the dandruff but you will probably not be able to prevent yourself losing your hair. Remember, you are far from alone in that respect and there are other solutions such as Skalp’s Micropigmentation treatment that can revolutionise your hairline.
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