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Is hair loss due to dandruff permanent?


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Difficult to say. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - the hormone responsible for genetic male pattern hair loss - often causes excessive scalp sebum production. This can sometimes look like oily, flaky dandruff. However, large, oily flaking may be indicative of seborrheic dermatitis, which can cause some hair loss. In theory, this should reverse if it is treated. However, if it is DHT causing the "dandruff" then you may only be able to reverse the hair loss by treating the hormone excess (which is what drugs like finasteride do). Also, remember that the dandruff and the hair loss may not even be related. You could be someone with androgenic alopecia and excessive dandruff. I think having a physician evaluate the scalp would be helpful.


Good luck!

"Doc" Blake Bloxham - formerly "Future_HT_Doc"


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All opinions are my own and my advice does not constitute as medical advice. All medical questions and concerns should be addressed by a personal physician.

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hair that is lost from dandruff or from using harsh dandruff shampoos will eventually grow back if it is not lost due to DHT as Blake details.

I have seen this first hand as I have lost transplanted hairs from dandruff and they always eventually grow back. Sometimes at a very fast rate.

go dense or go home


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