Eczema and Hair Loss

Anyone who has eczema can agree that it’s one of the most stubborn medical conditions to deal with. There are about a million products out there promising to stop the itch and reduce redness, and many of them end up making the situation even worse. One side effect of eczema that most people don’t know about is hair loss.

While eczema of the scalp, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, doesn’t outright cause hair loss, it can lead to a minor loss of hair. Patches of dry, irritated skin on the scalp is an open invitation for someone to spend hours scratching and picking at their scalp. In addition to removing dry skin, this habit can also result in hair coming out.

How much hair comes out?

It’s not the case that each time someone scratches their scalp, a chunk of hair comes out. It’s more likely that a couple of strands will come out. However, someone with an extremely irritated scalp is likely to spend a lot of time battling the itch. In turn, this can contribute to a lot of hair being lost each time!

How can I deal with this?

The obvious answer here is to stop scratching. However, it’s incredibly difficult to resist the temptation, especially because a lot of people with eczema have dealt with it their whole lives- they’re used to scratching, and even more used to people without eczema telling them that it’s easy to stop scratching. One tip is to use an anti-dandruff shampoo. While seborrheic dermatitis isn’t quite dandruff, they’re similar enough so that this shampoo can help mitigate some of the itch. If the hair loss is significant, Scottsdale Hairlines recommends scalp micropigmentation. This can help cover up patchy areas while the dermatitis is being treated.

Scottsdale Hairlines Scalp MicroPigmentation Hairloss Clinic
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