Thinning hair and dandruff are associated a lot, especially for the men. They believe that dandruff can cause thinning hair or vice versa, but in reality they don’t really have the same causes.
Thinning hair afflicts your hair while dandruff afflicts your skin/scalp. If a person actually has both, hair loss treatments can help aggravate the symptoms of dandruff, according to New York dermatologist, Michele Green MD. “They feel like they lose more hair when they wash, so they stop, and that’s not that healthy. In fact, it’s just the opposite,” she says. “If you have dandruff, you should be washing your hair every day or every other day.”
Medications for hair loss can also create dandruff-like flakes as part of its side effects. Medications like Minoxidil can give men the impression that they have dandruff and it’s causing their hair loss. This is because the alcohol found in Minoxidil will cause your skin to dry out, and we all know that dry skin can lead to dandruff.
On the other hand, there is also a hair loss medication called Finasteride (e.g. product called Ultrax Labs Hair Rush has no side effects) that doesn’t cause dandruff or flaking, according to Dr Green. She calls dandruff a “cosmetic disease” and says that it’s not contagious and does not pose any health problems, but when left untreated it can cause irritation and redness which could lead to temporary hair loss. When you’ve treated your dry scalp, your hair will grow back.
Dr Jeffrey Benabio, a dermatologist from Kaiser Permanente based in San Diego, believes that men with receding hairlines have to look forward to a silver lining. He says that “as you lose your hair, you’ll likely lose some of your dandruff along with it. Dandruff tends to stay in areas where there is hair.” (Related: Will My Dandruff Problem Go Away If I Shave My Hair Off?)
Two Potential Hair Loss Treatments You Can Use?
Positive Effects – Minoxidil works for two out of three men, is extremely effective for men under 40 years of age and have just started to lose their hair.
Negative Effects – It’s not a cure for baldness. If users quit using it, the hair will start to fall out again – perhaps even quicker than before.
Side Effects – Flaking, dryness, itchiness, redness and other types of scalp irritation.
Positive Effects – Finasteride is extremely effective, slowing down and even stopping hair loss in about 90 percent of all men. Two-thirds of men will eventually regrow their hair.
Negative Effects – It’s not a cure for hair loss, meaning if you quit taking it, your hair starts falling out again.
Side Effects – This prescription can lead to erectile dysfunction as well as other sexual side effects. Bear in mind that this is not a common side effect.