This question, asked by a member of our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums, was answered by Coalition hair restoration physician Dr. Cam Simmons:

I am 23 years old and I am losing my hair since I was 18. I have a very dry scalp with white deposits. I tried shaving my head but the deposits reappear in a few months. They are thick deposits closely attached to the skin so if I comb or scratch them, hair in that area comes out along with the deposits. My hairs are very thin and dry. If I comb or run a hand, many hairs come out every time.

I have lost a lot of hairs and tried using Nizoral shampoo and fungal infection cream on a doctor’s recommendation but nothing worked. At this stage I am very confused about what to do. I would really appreciate if anyone can help me out with the situation here.

You need to see a hair specialist or dermatologist in person. The most common causes of flaky dry skin are seborrhea and psoriasis but they don’t usually cause hair loss. Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) are great for slowing androgenic alopecia (genetic balding) but AGA involves shrinking hairs not shedding hairs.

You need to get an accurate assessment and diagnosis before anyone can recommend the best treatment.

Dr. Cam Simmons


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