Monthly Archive: November 2016

Dandruff & Hair Loss – What Is The Connection?

hair-loss-menSimply put dandruff is the flaking away of skin on the scalp. Hair fall has its own reasons. As a consequence of itchy scalp and excessive dryness, there could be hair loss. Dryness and dandruff could contribute to quicker loss of hair. Dandruff is not a serious condition and can be easily treated, unless very severe but hair fall cannot go unchecked. Effective treatments are available for hair loss in the market, for example – They can be applied as per directions of a dermatologist. A good website on health and habits is not at all a bad investment of time. Check out for more information on health tips, which include dandruff, hair care etc can be found in detail on these websites.

Dandruff is a itchy, dry, flaky skin condition on the scalp region resulting in white dust-like particles falling over one’s shoulders from the scalp. The condition worsens during winter due to dry skin or the use of room heaters. The reasons for dandruff could be inadequate cleaning of hair or shampooing, dry skin, bad hair etiquette, too many styling products, medical conditions such eczema, fungus, lack of nutrients, build up of residue from chemicals used for hair. If the case is severe it needs medical intervention, otherwise some hair care can help resolve the problem.
A certain kind of dandruff condition called ‘seborrheic dermatitis’ can however lead to temporary loss of hair. The symptoms include itchiness and inflammation to the extent that it may be painful to touch the area.

There is a broad spectrum of shampoos in the market – anti-dandruff and anti-fungal apart from the other types. Some well-known brands include Neutrogena (coal tar based shampoo that helps in treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff), Head & Shoulders (with pyrithione-antibacterial and antifungal), Nizoral (anti fungal and also helps if hair fall is genetic). Shampoos with salicylic acid in the ingredients remove flakes but leave the scalp dry. So deep condition your hair soon after. Natural oil restoring products like argan oil are also quite popular. Among essential oils, tea tree oil can be used for its antibacterial and antifungal properties which in turn lead to reduction in dandruff.

There is no scientific evidence that points to dandruff causing hair loss. Itchiness and dry skin in the scalp causes dandruff and temporarily there may be some loss of hair but it is not severe. Men more than women suffer hair loss and those that do also are found to have some type of dandruff and therefore it has resulted in the correlation of the two. But there is no medical evidence linking the cause of hair thinning as dandruff. In fact, thinning is a result of the thinning of the hair follicles which reside below the outermost layer of the scalp. Dandruff resides above that layer. As mentioned earlier, there may be some hair loss due to dandruff, but that is not severe.

Yeast which causes flakes on the scalp is also home to dihydrotestosterone to reside, which damages the hair follicles and cause temporary hair loss.