Can Bald People Get Dandruff?

Bald People Get Dandruff

Can bald people get dandruff? Yes, they can.

Not having hair on your head doesn’t mean that you are completely immune to dandruff. But you are less likely to get them. This is a common condition, especially for men.   

There are several causes of dandruff and bald people are vulnerable to all of them. The only advantage bald people have over people with hair is that it is much easier to deal with dandruff on a hairless head.

What Are the Causes of Dandruff?

There are four main causes of dandruff on a bald head, which include:

Yeast or Fungus 

The popular cause of dandruff is a fungus called Malassezia globosa, which is found naturally on the skin surface. The fungus feeds on sebum (natural scalp oils), breaking it down into oleic acid among other byproducts.

You get dandruff if you are sensitive to oleic acid because your scalp will react to its presence by increasing the rate at which skin cells are renewed. This leads to the excessive accumulation of dead skin cells on your scalp, causing dandruff. 

Oily Scalp 

An oily scalp provides a favorable breeding environment for yeast or fungus, which is the main cause of dandruff. 

Moreover, an oily scalp also attracts more dust and grime and becomes a breeding ground for dandruff-causing bacteria. 

Specific Skin Condition 

Dry Skin 

If you have normal dry skin, then you are likely to have an itchy, flaky, and dry scalp. A dry scalp can cause dandruff, especially when you use excess shampoo (which will remove natural oils from the scalp).

Seborrheic Dermatitis 

The skin produces excessive oil and excess skin cells. The scalp becomes more amenable for skin fungus to grow. An overgrowth of fungus usually leads to the formation of dandruff. In addition to dandruff, the condition also causes red skin and scaly patches. 

Symptoms of Dandruff

The common signs of dandruff you should be looking for include:

  • Flakiness
  • Dryness
  • Scaly scalp
  • Itchy scalp
Dandruff on a bald head
Dandruff on a bald head. (Source:

How To Remove Dandruff From Bald Head

If you happen to get dandruff on your bald head, you can easily deal with the condition with the help of the following tips.

Use an Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Anti-dandruff shampoo
Anti-dandruff shampoo. (Source:

Washing your bald head every day is important because this will help get rid of excess sebum and sweat. This will ensure that there is no breeding ground for fungus or yeast. 

An anti-dandruff shampoo helps get rid of dandruff and its associated causes. The most common active ingredients in an anti-dandruff shampoo that help fight dandruff are salicylic acid, coal tar, and ketoconazole. Salicylic acid gets rid of dead skin cells, ketoconazole deals with dandruff-causing fungus, while coal tar slows down the production of skin cells on your scalp. 

An anti-dandruff shampoo also moisturizes your bald head to prevent dryness and removes excess oils to destroy the breeding ground for fungus, yeast, or dandruff-causing bacteria. 

Therefore, if you notice any signs of dandruff, consider using an anti-dandruff shampoo that will help fight against flaking and dryness. Anti-dandruff shampoos are pretty mild, so you can use them every day.

Additionally, don’t forget to use a mild conditioner after washing your head with an anti-dandruff shampoo. A conditioner will help moisturize as well as hydrate your scalp to prevent dryness and flakiness.

Sun Protection

Bald head needs sun protection
Bald head needs sun (protection:

The scalp suffers from dehydration when it is over-exposed to the sun, which can cause flaking and dandruff. Otherwise, strong heat and UV radiation may burn the skin, which is already vulnerable due to its lack of hair.

Therefore, your bald skin should be better if you can shield it from the scorching sun with a hat, beanie, or scarf or you can use sunscreen (which will protect the skin from any further sun damage). This will prevent dryness and other damages from the sun.

Natural Remedies for Dandruff

Using herbs and natural oils is highly recommended because they have unique properties that will help get rid of excess sebum, dryness, and breeding ground for yeast or fungus. 

You can use neem leaves as a rinse to get rid of dandruff. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties that help remove dandruff. 

Aloe vera will get rid of dandruff, prevent itching, condition the scalp, and repair dead skin cells. 

Meanwhile, Herbs and natural oils would moisturize the scalp to prevent dryness and remove excess oils to prevent overgrowth of fungus. 

You can consider coconut oil, apple cider vinegar as well. They also play part in moisturizing the scalp and getting rid of dandruff, flakiness, and dryness.


Can bald people get dandruff? Yes, but it is a less likely occurrence. There is a possibility of getting dandruff at some point. The good news is that it is super easy to deal with dandruff and associated symptoms on a bald head. We hope by this information, you will have a portrait of causes and the best tips for looking after your bald head. Hope your bald head always looks cool as it is!

Kyler Lowe

I'm Kyler Lowe. I started to make it easier for men to find grooming tools to take care of their hair, beards, mustaches, and bodies.

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