Why do my eyebrows have dandruff or what caused these white flakes? Discover what causes as well as some of the treatments and home remedies.
Dandruff refers to the dry, white flakes or scales of dead skin usually found on the scalp (they may appear brown or yellow in some people). Although not as common as scalp dandruff, it is possible for one to have these scaly patches of dandruff beard, face, side of the nose, ears, eyebrow, between eyebrows and any other part of the body, especially places where the body produces much sebum.
Depending on what is causing your eyebrow causes, you can have them on both your eyebrows or on one eyebrow (left or right). While looking at reasons why you have dandruff on eyebrows, everything will be much clear.
In terms of severity, they can severe or chronic (heavy flaking) in some people that will make them easily noticeable while in other people they would suffer from mild cases. Some people complain to see them more immediately after showering.
It can affect women, men, and children. Do not be surprised, to find eyebrow dandruff on your newborn baby. They too can develop them.
Here is what someone was talking about on netdoctor.co.uk forums:
“I have been noticing dry, flaky patches of skin on my eyebrows that are also sometimes accompanied with severe itching. I have never suffer from this embarrassing condition until recently. I tried almost everything, from natural remedies to professional medicated products, but it does not seem to help me” Blazb87
Symptoms you may have
Besides the white scales or flakes on your eyebrows and depending on their cause, one might have other symptoms such as itching, crusty and dry brows, missing eyebrow hair, inflammations and a burning sensation. A few severe cases might cause more tearing, redness and swelling of brow areas as well as some inflammation on other eye tissues.
Eyebrow dandruff causes
We have seen it is possible to have dandruff in this area. If that is the case, what is the reasons behind this dandruff under eyebrows? Yes, it is possible and there are many ailments and conditions, which have been associated with them, whether they are on eyebrows, scalp, face, on the nose crease, on beards, around your shoulders or anywhere on the body. Here are some of the common causes.
1. Seborrheic dermatitis
The first and most common cause of dandruff in eyebrows, scalp, face, the middle part of the chest, around the navel, on the groin, below breast, nose, around ears and other body parts is seborrheic dermatitis. It resembles an allergic reaction, eczema to psoriasis. It has a higher prevalence in adults and newborn. This type of eczema causes an inflamed, itchy and red skin on your eyebrows that flakes or has scales.
Other possible symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include waxy or greasy eyebrows, blistering, rash, oozing lesions, and some color change when it heals off.
The actual cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not yet known but a combination of factors such as stress, genetics, skin yeast, some medicines and medical conditions, cold dry weather can trigger it.
Seborrheic dermatitis treatment
Scalp treatment is by over the counter anti-dandruff shampoos that have ingredients such as coal tar, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, ketoconazole, and selenium sulfide. For the face, eyebrows and other body parts, ensure you wash affect area daily with water and soap, try antifungal products, corticosteroid lotions, sulfur products, as well as prescribed medicated shampoos.
2. Malassezia and dandruff
The first possible reason behind your scalp, eyebrow, and body dandruff is Malassezia. This refers to a group of yeasts (fungus) that belong to the genus name Malassezia. These yeasts reside the skin of over 90% of adult people without bringing any harm. However, for people, the yeast might beat immunity response and the yeasts will aggravate or cause a number of skin infections including dandruff.
According to DermNet New Zealand, “Seborrhoeic dermatitis, dandruff, sebopsoriasis and facial or scalp psoriasis – – most often due to M. restricta and M. globosa.” This is an evidence that your brow dandruff could be due to some species of these yeasts. The white patches on your skin could be due to reduced pigment some pigments in your skin.
Some favorable factors for Malassezia skin diseases including dandruff include humidity (this is why you may get more dandruff during winter), sweating, having an oily skin.
Once diagnosed and found out that your cause due to Malassezia, treatment is by oral and topical antifungals. Usually, according to shampoothruth.com, “ketoconazole and selenium sulfide is the most effective antifungals that are typically put in shampoos and body washes to treat the issue”
If they cause seborrheic dermatitis, see treatment for this condition above since it is also another possible cause of dandruff on eyebrows.
The second possible cause of the dry flaky skin on your scalp, eyebrows, elbows, back and knees, which may at times make your skin to be cracked, besides dryness is psoriasis. This is an autoimmune disease, which increases the skin shedding process and affects about 7.5 million Americans. The problem is more common in adults than in children. Most people notice it at the age of 30-39 and then 50-69.
Healthline.com on their post ‘Is It Dandruff or Psoriasis? Tips for Identification’ refutes the fact that psoriasis causes dandruff. However, it results in flaky white scales and a dry skin.
Treatment of psoriasis
Being an autoimmune disease, it is not possible to cure it. However, psoriasis can be managed with a number of medications and topical lotions, most of which are steroid. Severe cases require drugs such as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. In addition, light therapy is a targeted treatment, which does help in dealing with symptoms of psoriasis.
4. Eczema or atopic dermatitis
Another possible cause is eczema or atopic dermatitis. This is common in babies including toddlers as well as teenagers but it can affect even adults. It is characterized by an itchy, crusty, scaly and inflamed dry skin. It is a less unlikely cause of eyebrow dandruff.
Treating eczema may involve using moisturizers, topical steroids, immunomodulators, use of probiotics, etc. Your dermatologist will help you deal with the problem.
5. Does dry skin cause them?
Whereas some sources state that dry skin on eyebrows can trigger dandruff such as shampoothruth.com, other sources including Everyday Health refute it. We favor the fact that dry skin alone cannot cause dandruff. It has been work with other factors.
According to Jessica Wu, M.D., a Los Angeles dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School, “It’s a common misconception that dandruff is caused by dryness; in reality, it’s usually due to an overgrowth of a harmless yeast.” She further explains the fact that yeast feeding on sebum can dead skin cells could cause more skin shedding and clump into flakes.
6. Other causes
There could be other possible causes. Some hormonal changes can also worsen them. Livestrong notes that dandruff “can be more common during pregnancy”
Dandruff on eyelashes and eyelids
Besides the causes we have seen, one condition that can cause dandruff-like scales is blepharitis. According to American Optometric Association, “blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids in which they become red, irritated and itchy and dandruff-like scales form on the eyelashes.” It is caused by bacteria, skin conditions such as acne rosacea or blepharitis seborrheic, eyelash mites (Demodex) or allergies.
Can they cause brow hair loss
Do they cause hair loss? I noticed my eyebrows falling out yet I have dandruff, could it cause it?
The truth of the matter is dandruff on its own cannot cause eyebrow loss. However, there is a connection between eyebrow dandruff and hair loss since most of the causes of dandruff under eyebrows can also cause brow hair loss.
Treatment and solutions
It is a fact that anyone can you can have dandruff on eyebrows. Unlike scalp one, which can be hidden with a cap, having them on your brows is nothing you can hide. They sometimes end up in your eyes causing irritation. NHS Choices notes, “Dandruff isn’t contagious or harmful, but it can be unpleasant and difficult to get rid of.” No need for alarm.
Therefore, how to treat or how to stop them? Sadly, you cannot treat dandruff but just manage it. What we going to discuss are just ways to prevent or manage not treat completely. While looking at the possible cause, we mentioned specific treatments to the specific cause. We want to add a few more eyebrow dandruff cures and treatments that can prevent them.
1. Use a good shampoo
Viable dandruff in eyebrow treatment is the use of shampoos for eyebrows. This is medicated products with ingredients that will fight the various causes of dandruff. Go for those with ingredients such as coal tar, ketoconazole, selenium sulfide and zinc pyrithione. Products such as Nizoral shampoo, Head and Shoulders and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo will be helpful.
2. Moisturize your eyebrows
Before you go to bed, ensure you wash and moisturize your eyebrows. This will reduce skin dryness, which increases flaking. Go for any good face moisturize and use it.
Someone from Yahoo Answers recommends “facial soap or sensitive skin foaming cleanser” like Oil of Olay and Dove. For moisturizing, ensure you go for those that do not clog pores such as Proactiv + Green Tea Moisturizer
3. Change your diet
Is noted in Everyday Health, quoting the words on Kaplan suggests you avoid “diets high in saturated and trans-fats cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which makes dandruff worse.” In addition, include vegetables and fruits especially those with the B vitamins and zinc. Also, go for probiotics (as a supplement or take yogurt).
4. Try anti-dandruff creams and lotions
There are many topical creams and lotions, which can help, manage dandruff on your brows. Most of these creams should contain ingredients that shampoos have.
5. Other treatments and cures
- Topical steroids (corticosteroids)
- Caprylic Acid
It is possible to reduce, remove or to try to get rid of dandruff at home. Some of the home remedies for those who have bad or excessive dandruff on eyebrows include the following:
- Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Almond oil
- Aloe vera gel
- Egg oil
- Neem leaves
- Petroleum jelly
To get a deeper insight on any of the above natural remedy that can help you eliminate dandruff from your eyebrow, naturalnews.com have details on their post 10 Natural Remedies to Cure Eyebrow Dandruff.
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