Question: I have dandruff, what can I do?

shutterstock_347659662Dandruff is small pieces of dry scalp skin that are visible. Many people have dandruff, more or less. It is a very common problem and usually doesn’t mean anything bad… other than having dry skin on your scalp.

There are many reasons why someone would have dandruff, and there are many ways to control it.

Here are the common causes:

  1. You have dry skin.
  2. Irritation: it’s called seborrheic dermatitis.
  3. You don’t wash your hair often enough.
  4. You wash your hair too often.
  5. Allergies or sensitivity to the products that you are using.

How to get rid of dandruff?

  1. Dandruff shampoo: Head & Shoulders, Jason Dandruff Relief 2 in 1, Neutrogena T/Gel, Selsun Blue.
  2. Ketoconazole shampoos (if you suspect a fungal infection of the scalp): Nozoral.
  3. Wash your hair less often. If you wash your hair daily or even 2x/day you may be over-drying your scalp and causing dandruff.
  4. If you have an oily skin/scalp, wash your hair more often. If you don’t wash your hair often enough, the oils will accumulate and cause dandruff.
  5. Use less hair products.
  6. Try tea tree oil products.

Remember: This post only addresses dry scalp. If the above solutions do not work for you after several days, or if you have red patches (or other types of skin discoloration or scaling) or extremely itchy skin with your dry scalp, this may be a medical condition and you should see a doctor.

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