How to Get Rid of Eyebrow Dandruff, Dryness, & Flakes

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Take care of your skin to relieve eyebrow dandruff.
Take care of your skin to relieve eyebrow dandruff. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Any kind of dandruff can be lead to embarrassment, especially when it's coming from your eyebrows. Although people normally shed dead skin cells, dandruff makes people shed them at an increased rate. Dandruff is not a serious medical condition, but it can be irritating and embarrassing. However, you can get rid of eyebrow dandruff, dryness and skin flakes by caring for the skin beneath them.

What Causes Eyebrow Dandruff?

Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, can develop as a result of skin that's too oily or too dry. When hot summer temperatures exacerbate oily skin, you can develop more dandruff flakes. The same occurs in the wintertime when cold, dry air aggravates dry skin. Although there is no exact known cause of seborrheic dermatitis, the condition of the skin directly impacts the development of dandruff flakes.

Factors that Exacerbate Eyebrow Dandruff

In addition to being exacerbated by seasonal changes, stress also triggers an increase in eyebrow dandruff. As well, a type of yeast fungus that grows in the oil secreted through your skin contribute towards eyebrow dandruff. Other medical conditions leading to the development of dandruff are HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders.

Get Rid of Eyebrow Dandruff

Treating the skin beneath your eyebrows can help you get rid of unsightly and embarrassing eyebrow dandruff. Scrub the skin on and around the eyebrow area with a facial wash daily, gently moving your fingers in a circular motion. Use a facial cleanser appropriate for your skin type. Rinse your skin well to avoid dandruff caused by dried cleanser stuck in the eyebrow hairs. Pat your skin dry, and apply a light facial moisturizer. An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can relieve itching associated with eyebrow dandruff, and an antifungal cream that contains ketoconazole can also help you get rid of eyebrow dandruff.

Considerations

Unless the dandruff is caused by dried soap or facial cleanser in the eyebrow hairs, it's not likely that dandruff will disappear overnight. Regular daily skincare and treatment, though, can help you get rid of eyebrow dandruff within several weeks. In the meantime, applying facial moisturizer or over-the-counter topical cream can help reduce the appearance of eyebrow dandruff. If itching, flaking and inflammation continue or spread despite treatment, it's important to see your physician to rule out other skin conditions, such as eczema or an allergic reaction.

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