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Article: Why do I have dandruff on my eyebrows?

Why do I have dandruff on my eyebrows?

Dandruff isn't just for the scalp. Unfortunately, eyebrows can also be subject to these unsightly whitish scales. Fortunately, solutions exist to overcome this. 

We have all generally heard about the dandruff that can be present in our hair, especially after eyebrow waxing . But, what about the dandruff that we can find on our eyebrows? Dead skin, oily scales and eyebrow dandruff are often unwelcome to those who suffer from them. Especially since they are frequently accompanied by itching and unpleasant irritation . But how do they appear and, above all, how to make them disappear? Discover all our advice on the subject. 

What is the cause of dandruff in the eyebrows?  

Although it is true that dandruff on the eyebrows is less common than that on the scalp, they nevertheless have more or less the same origin. In less serious cases, dandruff on your eyebrows is due to excess sebum which encourages the overdevelopment of Malassezia yeasts. This excess of bacteria, naturally present on your skin, causes an inflammatory state , which will accentuate the production of cells in your epidermis. Which causes the appearance of scales and dead skin on your brow bones. 

However, this excess sebum does not usually happen on its own. Pollution, stress, fatigue or poor diet can be the cause. 

Finally, in the most serious cases, which affect approximately 1 to 3% of the population , this dandruff on your eyebrows often hides a skin disease, called seborrheic dermatitis . This pathology causes dandruff and keeps the dermis in an advanced state of inflammation. This disease is not serious, but can be bothersome and cause recurrent inflammatory flare-ups . 


How to get rid of eyebrow dandruff?  

Eyebrow dandruff can be a source of complexes and discomfort. Fortunately, it is possible to overcome it in the majority of cases by applying these few tips. 

Antifungal treatments  

For less severe cases, applying a little anti-dandruff shampoo may be enough to stop the overproduction of scales on your eyebrows. You can apply it with your finger or with a small brush. 

If this technique is not enough, there are antifungal shampoos or creams, usually based on ketoconazole or ciclopirox olamine, which will help soothe your skin and regulate your skin's sebum production in certain areas of your face. 


Eyebrow exfoliation can be done once a week. It aims to eliminate dead skin and soothe the epidermis of your eyebrows by oxygenating it and freeing the pores of the skin. 

There are already prepared exfoliants that can be applied directly to your eyebrows. After making circular movements on your eyebrows with your fingers, you can rinse them with clean water. 

It is also possible to prepare your own eyebrow scrub with basic ingredients that you have in your kitchen. Here is a recipe with guaranteed results to take care of your eyebrows: 

  1. Apply vegetable oil to your eyebrows (olive oil or coconut or castor oil).  
  2. Add a little sugar and make small circles to exfoliate the skin on your eyebrows.  
  3. Rinse with water.  

To gently finish this scrub, you can wash your eyebrows with a mild soap , specific for washing sensitive areas of the face. 

Hydrate your skin well  

The secret to regaining beautiful eyebrows is to moisturize your skin well every day. Remember to wash your face every day , either with a solution based on micellar water or with a mild soap. Next, hydrate your skin by applying a moisturizer. This will allow your irritated skin to repair itself and make it stronger in the face of external aggressions. 

Finally, choose your cosmetic products wisely. Favor eyebrow makeup and beauty products that are organic or with ingredients of natural origin. Remove from your bathroom all products containing alcohol or chemicals harmful to health such as sulfates or its derivatives. 

Consult a specialist  

If all the previous techniques have not worked and the inflammatory outbreaks are too invasive, do not hesitate to consult a specialist. In the most serious cases, the use of topical corticosteroid creams may be necessary. They will, in the most severe cases, reduce the inflammation and itching which can be painful. Moreover, from the first symptoms, you should not hesitate to make an appointment with a dermatologist , who will support you in the treatment to follow. Sometimes, ultraviolet phototherapy sessions can be effective in calming irritation in your skin . 

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