Can dandruff affect the eyebrows?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

You can get dandruff wherever hair grows (your scalp, eyebrows, your ears, nose, etc.). Dandruff happens when dead skin flakes away and floats down onto your clothes like a dusting of powdered sugar. Dandruff is fairly normal during the winter months (just like dry skin on your hands, elbows, etc.), but it can also be caused by a skin disorder such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections of the hair follicle.


However, the most common cause of dandruff in your eyebrows (at least) is seborrheic dermatitis. With this condition, the skin is typically red, sometimes itchy and the flakes are a little oily. Gentle shampooing with a mild dandruff shampoo can help, but if the over-the-counter shampoo doesn’t help, a dermatologist can prescribe a medicated shampoo, cream, or gel to resolve the dandruff.

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