Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

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Dandruff cannot cause hair loss.

While claims abound that dandruff causes hair loss and balding, there is no scientific evidence that it does. Though unsightly, dandruff is normal. Almost everyone experiences it at some point in his or her life, though it afflicts men more often. (For more on that, check out a recent post of mine titled, “The Truth About Men and Dandruff.“)

If you have dandruff and are experiencing patchy hair loss, then it could be any number of other hair loss diseases, including male pattern hair loss or alopecia aerata. See your dermatologist who can help you.

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10 thoughts on “Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

  1. This surprises me. I’m seeing a dermatologist right now for hair loss. My dr. put me on a rotation of anti-fungal shampoos – ketaconazole 2%, selenium sulfide 2.5%, pyrithione zinc 2%. And my hair loss has slowed down almost entirely. I now have to rinse till I get 8 hairs (my self-imposed guideline, not hers). Before I started this regimen, I used to get a lot of hair, I always had hairs trailing down the back of my clothes, everywhere. It seems to me that the overgrowth of yeast could cause hair loss. My dermatologist had suspected either an overgrowth of yeast or scalp psoriasis (I don’t have psoriasis on my body) and decided to try the anti-fungals first. Perhaps it has no relation to patchy hair loss, but not even to overall, diffuse hair loss?

    • Thanks for the question. There are many causes for patchy hair loss, so it’s best to work it out with your doctor. As I said in the post though, there is no evidence that dandruff causes hair loss. I’m glad to hear you’re finding relief.

  2. “If you have dandruff and are experiencing patchy hair loss, then it could be any number of other hair loss diseases, including male pattern hair loss, known as alopecia aerata. See your dermatologist who can help you.”

    Male pattern baldness is not known as alopecia areata….totally different diagnosis.

  3. My husband has dandruff and he is also going bald, so I’m glad to hear that dandruff is not the cause. He does use dandruff shampoo though. Do you think that the ingredients in the shampoo can cause baldness?

  4. A friend of mine had male pattern hair loss and shaved his hair off completely. Prior to this he used to suffer badly with dandruff. Coincidence?

  5. my friend was suffering from dandruff and hair falling. He is using the dove shampoo and now his hair is looking healthy without dandruff. However is also take proper diet for the same.

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