Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?


There are many causes of hair loss; the most common cause of hair loss is Androgenic Alopecia. However there are conditions other than Androgenic Alopecia that may cause hair loss. It is always a good idea to get evaluated by a hair loss specialist to find the cause for the hair loss and then get the proper treatment options.

Sometimes hair loss can be associated by certain scalp disorders which cause the scalp to be too dry or too oil. Scalp conditions that cause scalp to be too oily or too dry include Dandruff, Seborrheic Dermatititis, Seborrhea and Psoriasis which may lead to shedding of the hair. Dandruff is among the most common human scalp conditions that increases shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp.

Dandruff can cause varying degrees of unpleasant scaling and flaking, which can become bothersome and unattractive. Symptoms are associated with an oily scalp, poor diet, and stress. Dandruff is most likely to develop when production of sebum is at its peak in puberty and adolescence, or when the production of androgenic hormones is off balance.

Dandruff can typically be managed well by using a mild anti fungal shampoos containing ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione tar, and selenium, once or twice a week. In addition, some oral supplements and vitamin E can help. Forms of severe dandruff with excessive oiliness, crusting and itching may be a form of seborrheic dermatitis and should be further investigated by a physician or dermatologist.

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Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon