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Can Dandruff Lead to Hair Loss?

February 01, 2018

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Woman with Itchy Scalp and Hair LossMillions of people are affected by dandruff and try to fight it, sometimes to no avail. Even if this condition doesn't pose serious health risks, it surely is embarrassing and uncomfortable. Apart from the discomfort that dandruff brings, some sufferers fear that dandruff might lead to hair loss. Are their fears warranted? And can hair loss products help restructure and revitalize it?
Dandruff Alone Can't Cause Hair Loss, But…The rough handling and constant scratching that go hand in hand with persistent dandruff can result in hair loss. This type of hair loss is called mechanical hair loss. Although it is true that dandruff can't cause hair loss by itself, research has not ruled out that people with a serious dandruff problem can lose more hair than average because their hair follicles weaken due to the constant scratching and tugging. Additionally, the scalp of someone who suffers from dandruff isn't completely healthy. It's usually too oily. Excess sebum clogs the pores and debilitates hair follicles, which prevents them from getting the nutrients they need.

It is worth mentioning that people with a genetic predisposition to baldness will invariably lose hair whether or not they suffer from dandruff. People with alopecia (hair loss) seem to be less prone to developing dandruff, but their sebaceous glands continue producing sebum, which is necessary for dandruff to appear. In other words, most bald and balding individuals do not suffer from dandruff, though research in this area has not been conclusive as of yet, especially when underlying skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis are present.
Understanding the Causes of DandruffDandruff starts with the body's reaction to a normal fungus that lives on the scalp called Malassezia globosa. Malassezia feeds on scalp oils and decomposes them into byproducts, one of which is oleic acid. Around 50% of people are overly sensitive to this acid, so their bodies react to it as an irritant and produce excess skin cells to "shed" the irritant. Then the symptoms of dandruff ensue: flaking, itchiness, and scalp inflammation or irritation.
However, this is not the only cause of dandruff. Other causes of dandruff are over-styling, hormonal changes, and underlying medical or skin conditions.

  • Over-styling: styling products accumulate on the scalp and mix with natural oils. The buildup comes off as flakes. The chemicals in many styling products and shampoos can be irritating to sensitive scalps, irritating them and giving way to dandruff.

  • Hormonal changes: most of the time, dandruff appears during puberty, which leads experts to think that hormone production—especially male hormones—might produce dandruff.
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  • Underlying medical conditions: some medical conditions, including immunological conditions, affect the natural balance of scalp oils and the balance of bacteria that live on the skin, leaving some people more prone to dandruff.

  • Underlying skin conditions: if your skin is not healthy, chances are the scalp also will be affected, which may lead to dandruff. For instance, as well as being responsible of dandruff, Malassezia causes seborrheic dermatitis. The normal redness, itching, and flaking of the skin caused by this illness makes people much more prone to developing persistent dandruff. When it comes to psoriasis, the excess of dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin cause dandruff, too.

  • Getting Rid of Dandruff: Dandruff most likely won't go away completely. It alternates between active stages and remission, depending on individual characteristics and external conditions, such as the weather (cold, dry air worsens the condition).

    To control dandruff, you should understand what is causing it so you can choose the proper products to attack it. Try different options until you find one that really suits you. Over-the-counter shampoos are the most used resource to tackle dandruff. Here are some recommendations based on the underlying problem that is causing your dandruff:

    • Dry scalp: people with dry scalps and hair frequently notice that they have thin, powdery dandruff. These flakes are technically not dandruff, but dryness from the scalp. Try nourishing products to condition the scalp, as this will help diminish the flaking. The best shampoo for this type of problem should have moisturizing agents. Additionally, it should be free of parabens and sulphate surfactants. These ingredients are commonly found in shampoos and are harsh on the skin. They may be drying out your scalp without your knowledge. The Cosmetic Republic has a Multivitamin Shampoo with a nourishing formula that is free of parabens and sulphates.

      If you have dry scalp, keep in mind that hair styling products can include irritants, which combined with natural scalp oils, can cause bigger or more persistent dandruff flakes. Avoid using hairstyling products or choose them wisely.

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    • Oily scalp: it is considerably more common among people with oily scalps to have a dandruff problem. If this is you, try to use products that control the amount of sebum you produce. That will, in turn, diminish the amount of the irritating oleic acid you produce and ultimately relieve your dandruff problem. Just like people who suffer from dry scalp, you should use gentle shampoos and styling products that won't cause buildup. Try The Cosmetic Republic's Oily Hair Cleansing Shampoo . It's does not contain parabens or sulfate surfactants.

    • Psoriasis: this skin condition causes the scalp to suffer from extreme drying and inflamed red patches. Choose a specially formulated shampoo. It won't strip away natural oils from your scalp. These formulas should also soothe the skin. Bear in mind that only using a shampoo is not enough to treat dandruff that caused by psoriasis, as this is a more serious skin condition. Your doctor might even prescribe a mild steroid.

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: choose a shampoo that won't feed Malassezia! Some oleic acids contained in anti-dandruff shampoos might actually worsen the dandruff breakout in some people, especially those who suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. It's essential to find a mild shampoo with the least amount of harsh chemicals. Remember to visit a dermatologist before you attempt to use shampoo as a permanent control measure. Shampoos can't substitute medication!

  • The Remedy for Thinning Hair Related to Dandruff: Chances are you are experiencing hair loss only when your dandruff problem has been exacerbated. Less scratching means less mechanical hair loss, and a healthy scalp means healthy hair. Therefore, once you've controlled your dandruff problem, your hair loss or hair thinning problem will improve. By the same token, you should tackle any underlying skin conditions before you can see results from any hair loss products: dry, inflamed, or damaged scalp cannot absorb nutrients into the hair follicle as effectively as healthy scalp. Follow your dandruff control routine with nourishing products that strengthen your hair to make it grow faster. Once again, avoid chemicals in the hair products you choose. You can try the Cosmetic Republic's daily hair care, a range of products that will help you get thicker and healthier hair.
The Cosmetic Republic USA has the best products to take care of your hair. Our products control problems like dandruff and hair loss while restructuring your hair deeply and making it healthier in every way. We only use the best technology and research to create hair products that nourish your hair from the inside. For more information, call us at TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form on this website. Do you want to stay up to date with our latest news? Find us on Facebook (The Cosmetic Republic USA, Twitter (@TheCosmeticUSA), and Instagram (@thecosmeticrepublicusa). Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.
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