Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss
Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?
Does one beauty taboo cause another? That would be really frustrating. Having a dry, itchy scalp and constant snowflakes on your clothes is bad enough, but it gets a lot worse with the additional nightmare of losing your precious hair.
The dread of dandruff
Dandruff occurs when the scalp is either too oily or when it's too dry. It's one of the most common scalp conditions, and is usually chronic, presenting as white flakes made up of dead skin cells from the superficial skin layer, resulting in intense itching.
This constant urge to itch inevitably leads to vigorous scratching to relieve that itch, which weakens your hair roots and ultimately leads to hair fall.
The reality of hair loss
Hair loss has many causes, which can lead to temporary (reversible) or permanent (irreversible) hair loss, including nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle and dietary factors, stress, hormonal imbalance, fungal infections, etc.
Dandruff is about the skin on your scalp while thinning and falling of hair is about your hair follicles. So while there's no direct relationship between dandruff and hair loss, the constant and aggressive scratching triggered by dandruff is the real culprit responsible for hair fall.
Dandruff and Hair Loss
Dandruff and hair loss have a complicated relationship, they form two ends of a vicious cycle.
Minoxidil and some other shampoos or solutions used for treating hair fall have alcohol and certain chemicals in them which can dry out your scalp, making way for dandruff to set in after a few months of treatment.
So the treatment for hair loss can actually cause dandruff. And dandruff, in turn, can induce hair loss indirectly through the trauma of scratching and occasionally through the production of fungal secretions.
What's the solution?
A way to escape either of the beauty taboos, may it be hair loss or dandruff, is to employ a healthy hair care regime.
- Cause: Diagnose and correct the underlying cause for hair loss.
- Diet: Implement a dietary plan that allows the daily recommended intake of proteins and calories.
Limit intake of milk and dairy products; reduce the use of citrus fruits like tomatoes, lemons, and such acidic foods; and eliminate all foods which contain yeast, like bread, baked goods, cheese, fermented foods, wine and alcoholic beverages to prevent dandruff.
- Lifestyle: Incorporate exercising, meditation, and stress relaxation techniques to improve your lifestyle.
- Hormonal imbalance: Correct hormonal imbalances, if any.
- Fungal infections: Treat scalp infections when indicated.
- Hair care: Learn and practice the right techniques of shampooing and conditioning your hair.
Brush your hair daily to improve circulation and help remove the dead skin cells and flakes.
Massage your scalp with your hands using oil to stimulate circulation and remove dirt and dandruff, encouraging hair growth.
Don't use hair care products containing alcohol and other chemicals which dry out your scalp and promote dandruff.
- Can’t escape dandruff: If you do suffer from dandruff, refrain from scratching. And do not skip out on shampooing frequently, it will only worsen the hair loss when you do wash your hair finally.
- Seek help: When these measures fall short, consult the professionals for help - trichologists, and dermatologists.
At some point in life, everyone suffers from dandruff and hair loss. But now you know what needs to be done to tackle them and win back your thick, luscious locks!
For more queries, consultation, or treatment, contact us at HairMD Clinic.