Dandruff and Hair Loss: Is There a Connection?

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Although there are many causes of hair loss such as stress, medications and treatment, radiation therapy, medical conditions, and genetic patterns, dandruff can also significantly affect your hair. Dandruff is a condition that makes your scalp itchy and with white flakes, which often fall off as you comb or scratch your hair. While dandruff does not directly cause hair loss, itching affects the hair follicles, and eventually, hair falls off. Losing 50 to 100 hair strands a day may not have a significant impact on your hair, especially if new hair is growing. However, losing more hair without replacement may require medication.

What are the causes of dandruff and hair loss?

As irritating and embarrassing as dandruff and hair loss might be, treating it may be hard if you don’t establish the cause. Some of the reasons include:

Dry skin

Dry skin is among the leading causes of dandruff. Dry skin causes scaly patches on your scalp, which may be itchy and irritating. Continuous scratching weakens and injures the hair follicles resulting in hair loss.

Scalp Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that causes inflammation in the affected areas. Scalp eczema causes white itchy flakes to appear on the scalp. Scratching the flaky parts injures the follicles causing hair to fall off.

Scalp Yeast Infection

Most yeast infections occur on the skin surface due to an unbalanced skin environment, which may result from harsh shampoos, unhealthy diets, or other medical conditions. It causes red, flaky, and patchy areas in the scalp. If left untreated, yeast infection causes hair loss.

Oily Scalp

Oily scalp is caused by excessive sebum production by the sebaceous glands. A greasy scalp causes inflammation around the hair follicles. Itchy scales and flakes begin to build up around the oily parts and eventually fall off.

Treatment, Care, and Prevention of Dandruff and Hair Loss

Since dandruff causes the scalp to be itchy, treating that will prevent almost all effects on hair loss by protecting the hair follicle.

•          Use medicated anti-dandruff shampoos with the right ingredients for your scalp. If you react to a particular chemical, you may consult with your doctor to get a suitable recommendation.

•          Moisturize your scalp with oil and conditioners. Gently massaging your scalp with coconut oil will add moisture around your hair follicles and prevent them from breaking. However, if your scalp is oily, avoid excess oil.

•          Avoid products with harsh components which may irritate your scalp and damage your hair follicles.

Conclusion

Hair hygiene is a crucial part of maintaining dandruff-free and healthy hair. If your hair loss persists even after treatment, you will need to seek a hair loss specialist. At Custom Hair Tampa Bay, we offer the finest quality in non-surgical hair replacement solutions. Our specialists will help you customize a hair replacement solution that matches your lifestyle. To find a location near you click here.

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https://skinkraft.com/blogs/articles/can-dandruff-cause-hair-loss

https://www.healthline.com/health/dandruff-hair-loss#Can-dandruff-cause-hair-loss?