Eyebrow dandruff sounds like an oxymoron, but there is such a thing. Eyebrow dandruff is a bad scalp condition that affects eyebrow hair. It will cause thick, white flakes to develop that usually fall in between the eyebrows or near the eyelids. This type of dandruff comes from skin cells that are not shed properly.
Eyebrow dandruff is caused by several factors, including hormonal changes in the body, such as during puberty, pregnancy, menopause or when taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
It can also occur during fungal infection of the scalp, environmental factors such as staying in humid locations, working in enclosed environments where sweat collects on the brows and head, wearing makeup, using oil-based cosmetics, applying hair pomade or hair gel that contains alcohol.
Other causes of eyebrow dandruff may vary from seborrheic dermatitis, Malassezia to contact dermatitis.
These can be a chronic condition in adults and the symptoms usually range from a skin rash, greasy, irritated skin to crusty, whitish scales.
Malassezia is a fungus in oily skin secretions that can cause dandruff. The fungus is associated with dandruff, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and other skin conditions. It can also cause itching, inflammation, redness or irritation.
If you are using a new face wash or shampoo, your eyebrow dandruff might be due to contact dermatitis. So, if you know your face has come into contact with a new substance like shampoo, conditioner, soap or even any kind of perfume, you might want to try another product to avoid any side effects or reactions.
How is Eyebrow Dandruff Treated?
The best way to deal with eyebrow dandruff is by using home remedies. They are easy to prepare and also do not require large expenses because they can be prepared using ingredients that are present in your kitchen.
Some quick fixes for eyebrow dandruff are as follows:
- Freshly grated coconut is often used as a dandruff remedy. Soak some fresh coconut thoroughly in water overnight. Now, apply the water mixed with grated coconut on your eyebrows before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning with plain water. Repeat this process regularly to get rid of eyebrow dandruff.
- All you need is ½ cup fresh aloe vera gel mixed with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You can add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil for the added benefit. This mixture should be applied to the eyebrows and after 10 to 15 minutes, it should be rinsed off with lukewarm water.
- Also, you should let your eyebrows air-dry after a shower rather than rubbing them with a towel or shaving them. This will help them stay healthy and intact.
- Another way to get rid of eyebrow dandruff is to scrub the eyebrows with a mild mixture of olive oil and honey two times a week. This will help exfoliate the dead cells from your eyebrows, thereby preventing dandruff from forming again.
- You can use mild shampoos to get rid of eyebrow dandruff. You can either use baby shampoo or any other gentle shampoo. Make sure that you apply the shampoo to your eyebrows just like you would apply it on your hair.
Depending on the exact cause of your eyebrow dandruff, the treatment may vary.
To treat seborrheic dermatitis, a topical antifungal cream can be helpful. If home remedies don’t help with your issues, talk to your doctor about prescription topical treatments.
To treat Malassezia, an anti-dandruff shampoo or topical treatments like moisturizers or anti-itch cream is recommended. If symptoms don’t abate, seek help from a dermatologist.
To treat contact dermatitis, avoid using the product that caused the irritation. In the meantime, keeping the skin around your eyebrows moisturized can help reduce irritation and flakiness. You can also use an anti-itch cream or taking an antihistamine can also help cut down on the itch. People also use a cold compress for 15 minutes at a time to help alleviate irritation and itching.
Eyebrow Dandruff after Microblading
The cause for eyebrow dandruff is not well-understood yet. As we keep researching it, we will update you with more information. The one thing we do know is that it comes and goes and is completely harmless and won’t permanently affect your brows. That being said, we always recommend making an appointment at our office so we can look at them and make sure nothing else is going on!
Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that fills the thin patches in eyebrows to make them look voluminous. Unlike a traditional tattoo, which is permanent, the colouring from microblading may last for up to 3 years only. This is because microblading uses different tools and a smaller amount of pigment.
When microblading your eyebrows, there will be a little bit of shedding that may start. This is completely normal and as the tattoo fades and heals, the shedding should stop. This is just dead skin cells and cells that were unable to survive.
Eyebrow dandruff is, as the name suggests, dandruff of the eyebrow. Dandruff is not a disease by itself but rather a symptom of another underlying scalp or skin issue. The most common causes of eyebrow dandruff are eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and an overactive oil-producing sebaceous gland. These four conditions may often coexist in the same individual.