Ask a Doctor : How to get rid of eyebrow dandruff

Want to get rid of eyebrow dandruff? Learn how you can naturally treat dandruff from your brows.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Written by: Meenakshi ChaudharyUpdated at: Nov 11, 2016 12:14 IST
Ask a Doctor : How to get rid of eyebrow dandruff

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The medical term for that annoying white, flaky stuff on your eyebrows is seborrheic dermatitis, which you commonly known as dandruff. Anyone who has this condition will get yellowish, greasy patches along with red and irritated skin.


People usually get this condition around or after puberty in areas with lots of oil glands. This is the reason why most people get dandruff on their scalps. While other common locations where you may get dandruff are eyebrows, the skin between the eyebrows, eyelashes, around nose, inside and around ears and the area, below the neck, around the moustache or beard.

If you thought that was gross, what will be your reaction when you get to know that it can also occur on areas like the centre of your upper chest, underarms, in your bellow button or even around the groin.  

Doctors and scientists are not sure of the cause behind the condition, but they believe that it could involve a specific type of fungus from the Malassezia family. As per the doctors, this oil loving fungus feeds off the products of your oil glands which may result in irritation or allergic reactions in some people, causing flaking and itching on skin along with dandruff.

Your dermatologist will treat your dandruff by working to decrease the amount of this fungus and reducing the inflammation. He may advice you to switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, sodium sulfacetamide, salicylic acid or coal tar instead of using your regular shampoo.

The same shampoo can be used to get rid of dandruff on your eyebrows or elsewhere on your face.

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How to use it

All you need to do is take some shampoo on your palm, using your finger gently massage into the affected areas on your face. Let it soak in for few minutes before washing off, so that it can effectively reach the fungus and reduce the inflammation. Avoid getting it into your eyes as it may cause irritation. If you do, immediately rinse your eyes well with clean water.

If you develop a thick scaly skin, massage your skin with coconut oil to soften and remove the scale before treating it with the shampoo.


How to treat eyebrow dandruff naturally

If want to treat it naturally, you can take help of tea tree oil. Just rub some tea tree oil on the affected area. However be careful, if you use undiluted tea tree essential oil directly on your skin as it may cause allergic reactions.

To prepare a 5 percent solution of dilute tea tree oil, add 15 drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil, aloe vera gel, warm water or any cleanser of your choice. Apply this solution until you see improvement and your skin begins to calm down.

Seborrheic dermatitis being a chronic condition requires a long-term maintenance. So, the aforementioned treatment options will treat it and control it, but they won’t actually cure it. The condition will flare up at times, especially during periods of stress or during the cold winter months.



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