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How to care for dry skin and dandruff under the eyebrows

How to care for dry skin and dandruff under the eyebrows

Dandruff is usually associated with our scalps but did you know that it can also appear underneath the eyebrows too? Affecting everyone from babies to adults, it’s thought to affect nearly 50% of the population. So how can you tell if you have eyebrow dandruff and what are the causes and treatments?

Identifying dandruff under the eyebrows

Dandruff under the eyebrows can appear in a number of ways such as white, yellow or grey flakes and sometimes even red and inflamed. This can feel uncomfortable and irritating, making the temptation to pick or itch it quite hard to resist. Try to avoid doing this if possible as it can make things worse and introduce infection to the skin.

Causes of eyebrow dandruff

Like dry skin, eyebrow dandruff can be caused by a number of factors in our environment. You may find that your eyebrow dandruff gets worse in cold weather when the air outdoors is cool, and the air indoors is dry because of central heating. Other lifestyle factors can also exacerbate the problem such as harsh face washes and soaps that strip the skin of its natural lipids and oils, as well as stress and fatigue.

Try to keep a note of when your eyebrow dandruff gets worse, so you can try and identify its triggers and put measures in place to prevent it.


The best way to target eyebrow dandruff is with gentle yet very hydrating skincare that is suitable for use around the delicate eye contour. It’s important to moisturise the skin twice a day after cleansing to ensure the skin’s protective barrier remains healthy and strong.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour has a minimalist yet ultra-hydrating formula that’s enriched with neurosensine, niacinamide and Thermal Spring Water. It is suitable for even very sensitive skin and also suitable for allergy-prone skin. Apply it with a cotton ball after cleansing your skin with a creamy cleanser such as La Roche-Posay’s Makeup Remover Milk. Press the cotton bud onto the closed eyelid and wipe gently without rubbing. Make sure you use a new cotton ball for each eye.

If your eyebrow dandruff persists and becomes worse, you should visit your local GP for further advice.

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