Dandruff and Hair Loss

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Hair loss can be distressing and difficult to deal with. If you’re uncertain about the underlying cause of your hair loss, you should check to see if untreated dandruff is causing your hair to fall out.

Before you move on to medical-grade products or approach us for any hair loss procedures, it would be helpful to understand how dandruff and hair loss go together, and how to solve the issue. Read on to learn more.

What Exactly Is Dandruff?

To understand why dandruff and hair loss affect each other, we should first examine what dandruff really is.

Dandruff is a skin condition (not a hair condition!) that primarily affects your scalp. It causes flaking and itchiness, which can result in flaky lumps of white skin.

A severe form of dandruff is called seborrhoeic dermatitis, which can also result in swelling and painful inflammation. This form of dandruff results in yellow or red flakes, and you should seek medical treatment for this condition rather than using common dandruff products.

Don’t be embarrassed by the fact you have dandruff—it has nothing to do with poor hygiene! It has to do with microorganisms like bacteria that cause skin layers to continually replace themselves. Approximately half of adults have had dandruff in their lives, so you’re not alone.

Why Dandruff and Hair Loss Go Hand in Hand

Dandruff is not a direct cause of hair loss, but it can lead to conditions that cause natural hair loss to worsen.

Dandruff causes your hair to become brittle and damaged because your scalp is not a healthy environment for the hair to grow out of. If you’re already at risk for hair loss because of brittle, dry hair, dandruff can worsen your hair’s condition.

Also, the constant itchiness of dandruff means many people are scratching their scalp unconsciously. Excessive scratching leads to damaged hair follicles, causing your hair to fall out at an alarming rate. Whatever you do, don’t scratch!

How to Alleviate Dandruff and Hair Loss

Like the common cold, there is no exact cure for dandruff, but there are a number of antifungal shampoos and treatments available in most drugstores that can alleviate and nearly eliminate the condition.

Try to keep your hair rich with oils and natural, moisturizing treatments. This will help mitigate the effects of dandruff and hair loss that are caused by dryness and follicle damage.

Your hair loss may be caused by an additional factor to dandruff that you should address along with the dandruff itself. Common factors for hair loss are:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Alopecia
  • Pregnancy
  • Nutrient deficiencies

Try Salameh Medspa and Skin Care for Natural Hair Rejuvenation

If dandruff and hair loss have caused you stress, our medical-grade products will help you restore your hair’s youth and vitality without stress or hassle. Our team is dedicated to personalized care and attention for every patient.

To make an appointment at our Bowling Green, Kentucky location, contact us today.

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