Dandruff 101: Causes and Treatments
Dandruff is a fairly common hair problem that affects both men and women. Although dandruff is rarely serious and isn’t contagious, it can be a source of embarrassment and difficult to treat.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a chronic scalp condition characterized by flaking of the skin on your scalp, resulting in dry white or grey flakes to appear. The flakes are usually noticeable if they fall to your shoulders. Dandruff can also cause your scalp to feel dry and itchy. Depending on the individual, dandruff can range from mild to severe.
What causes dandruff?
The body regularly sheds dead skin cells as new cells are formed, which is a gradual process that usually goes unnoticed. However, this process can speed up, producing excessive amounts of dead skin cell, which then causes dandruff.
One possible cause of this called seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is another common condition that causes oily skin. Persons with dandruff associated with seborrhoeic dermatitis may experience additional symptoms such as scaling and itching in certain areas of the body, such as the face, in and around the ears, the underarms, and the scalp.
There are some cases where the scales can become infected, causing the rough patches to become red and painful. Severe cases of patching on the scalp can result in a certain degree of hairloss. However, if scarring doesn’t occur, the hair should regrow.
Treatments for dandruff
While anti-dandruff shampoos are readily available, these are only temporary solutions because they don’t stay on your scalp long enough for the ingredients to work. Scalp treatments, on the other hand, deliver better, lasting results. It is advisable to see a trichologist at Svenson who will recommend a treatment plan for you.