Does anti dandruff shampoo cause hair loss?

Dandruff hair loss and dandruff causing hair breakage are both myths, but dandruff and hair loss are both common conditions for men. There isn’t direct link between the two. Dandruff is a condition that affects the scalp whereas hair loss is related to the hair follicles on the head, and both conditions have distinctly different causes. There are many types of hair loss that can come about for different reasons, but never as a direct result of dandruff or using an anti-dandruff shampoo.


Hair loss comes in lots of different forms, but by far the most common is androgenetic alopecia, or “male pattern balding”. Androgenetic alopecia is not associated with any particular medical condition. Thinning hair and hair loss tend to be a result of predetermined genetic factors passed down from both parents, and the overall aging process. Most men who experience androgenetic alopecia first start to notice it during their 30s or 40s.


Whilst it is important to remember that hair loss is never actually directly caused by dandruff, the way that you react to the signs of dandruff can indirectly lead to some minor hair fall. When dandruff causes itching on the scalp, scratching the scalp too vigorously can lead to hair fall.1

Similarly, hair fall never a result of the anti-dandruff shampoo you use, but rather the way you wash your hair. Hair fall2 caused by over-itching can be more visible when shampooing the hair, especially when using water that is too hot or the scalp is scrubbed too aggressively which weakens hair at the root and leads to breakage.

The best anti-dandruff for men3 experiencing hair fall is CLEAR Hairfall Defense. Not only does it help eliminate the visible signs of dandruff, but it also helps reduce hair fall4 by anchoring hair on the scalp.

If you’re experiencing actual hair loss, we recommend you to consult your dermatologist to understand your condition and seek recommendation for suitable treatment.

1,2,4Due to breakage
3Within CLEAR brand