Hair loss is common in both men and women and it can be triggered by a wide range of factors. While the most common type of hair loss is genetic, sometimes it can occur due to other conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis.
Here, we’ll look at what seborrheic dermatitis is and how it can potentially lead to hair loss.
What is seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of skin condition which causes itchy, flaky skin. It can occur anywhere on the body but is more commonly experienced on the scalp.
The cause of the condition isn’t known, but experts believe it occurs due to two factors. These include excessive oil production and a natural fungus known as Malassezia which occurs in the oils of the skin. If there is an excessive amount of the fungus, it can trigger excess oil production, which leads on to seborrheic dermatitis.
It is a long-term condition which will require long-term treatment to keep it under control. So, can seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp lead to hair loss?
Can seborrheic dermatitis cause hair loss?
There is a chance seborrheic dermatitis can lead to temporary hair loss, although it is rare. The condition itself isn’t the actual cause of the hair loss either. Instead, it is often caused by scratching the itchy scalp. Excessive scratching and rubbing can cause the hair follicles to become inflamed, temporarily leading to hair loss.
So, the condition itself isn’t a cause, but its symptoms can contribute to hair loss. Given that it is a long-term condition, it is important to determine whether it is the root cause of the problem so treatment can be started before the condition, and the hair loss worsens.
How to treat the problem
The good news is if you are suffering from hair loss triggered by seborrheic dermatitis, it is only a temporary issue. In order to clear up the problem, you’ll first need to treat the skin condition.
Once you have the seborrheic dermatitis under control, you can then use temporary hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil. This is sold over the counter, or for more noticeable hair loss, it can be prescribed in higher percentages by your GP. It is a topical treatment, applied directly onto the scalp.
The importance of seeking a diagnosis
Although seborrheic dermatitis can lead to temporary hair loss, there are a lot of different types of hair loss you can experience. As it is quite rare to suffer from hair loss caused by the condition, it is important to seek a proper diagnosis before attempting treatment.
A specialist hair loss expert will be able to assess the scalp and determine what type of hair loss you are suffering with. Determining the cause is crucial as each requires a different type of treatment.
So, if you’re suffering from seborrheic dermatitis and think it could be contributing to hair loss, book a consultation with a hair expert today. You can also seek a diagnosis from your GP, then consult with a hair loss specialist once the cause has been determined.