Dry, flaky skin in your eyebrows is called eyebrow dandruff – and is similar to the dandruff on your scalp. In fact, chances are if you have eyebrow dandruff you probably have dandruff on your head too – and they likely have the same cause.
Don’t despair! It is quite common – and it can be controlled.
Eyebrow dandruff can be caused by:
- dry skin – the most common cause with flakes that are smaller & less oily than those from other causes
- malassezia – a yeast-like fungus that irritates the skin, causing more cells to grow & the old skin to flake off
- psoriasis – a skin condition with a buildup of dry skin cells that form thick scales
- soborrheic dermatitis – red, irritated, oily skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales
- eczema – a chronic, inflammatory skin condition with red, itchy patches of skin
A Quick Overview
How to Treat Eyebrow Dandruff
If you have dandruff on your scalp too
If you have dandruff on your scalp, the cause of your eyebrow dandruff is most likely from the same ailment and the best remedy would be to use the medicated shampoo that is working for your other dandruff problem.
There are different types of dandruff shampoos – classified by their active ingredient – and you may need to experiment until you find the one that works right for you.
Zinc Pyrithione Shampoos
These shampoos use antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione for seborrheic dermatitis or eczema.
Coal tar helps seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing how quickly skin cells die and flake off.
If you have dry skin on other parts of your body
If your eyebrow dandruff is caused by dry skin, you’ll likely have dry skin on other parts of your body as well. The answer? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
During your morning routine, include your eyebrows when applying your facial moisturizer. At night exfoliate your eyebrow area too, and use a heavy covering of night cream in the area when you go to bed.
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If you prefer to use topical creams
Use a topical anti-fungal cream to treat malassezia.
Use an ointment or wash to treat psoriasis.
I hope this general information about eyebrow dandruff and treatments helps. Please understand that this information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. Please don’t rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor. If symptoms persist, see a doctor for a correct diagnosis and prescription for stronger treatment.