Hair Loss

Does Eczema Cause Hair Loss?


March 06, 2018

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HAIR LOSS, ECZEMA AND SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS

More than 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from eczema, the name for a group of conditions that cause skin to become irritated, inflamed, itchy and red. Seborrheic dermatitis is one of those conditions and typically results in a reddish-colored rash that’s oily in appearance and has yellow or white scales on the surface of the skin. When these common conditions occur on the scalp, they can look similar to dandruff and even cause temporary hair loss.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis often presents with scaly patches on the skin that appear greasy. The skin beneath the patches is red and the scales flake off, like the flaking experienced with dandruff. Some people may also have itching, which can be severe. In most cases, there are periods of time when the condition worsens (called exacerbations or flares) followed by periods of improvement (called remissions). Flares may be more frequent with high stress levels, hormonal changes, heavy alcohol use or when the air is cold and dry.

Treatment Options

While eczema has no cure, there are over-the-counter and prescription treatments available. Experts recommend managing the condition with regular shampooing and conditioning, consistent use of medications and avoiding triggers that cause eczema. Discuss your condition with a doctor to determine the best treatment option for you.

How Eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis Can Cause Hair Loss

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. With all forms of eczema on the scalp, including seborrheic dermatitis, it can be difficult for hair to grow where inflammation is present. In addition, picking and scratching the affected areas can lead to further inflammation and hair breakage. Frequent scratching can also cause bleeding and damage your hair follicles.

If you have eczema or seborrheic dermatitis on your scalp, any hair loss or bald patches will likely be temporary and hair should grow back once the condition clears.

What to Do About Hair Loss

No matter how much or how little hair you've lost, you have options. You don’t have to live with thinning hair or bald patches. At Hair Club, we understand that it’s about more than just your hair. It’s about matching your outside to who you are inside. That’s why we offer a comprehensive suite of proven solutions that can help men and women of any age with any level of hair loss.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our trained experts today. You’ll learn about your level of hair loss, the condition of your scalp and which solution can give you the results you want.