Dandruff is common. Most of us have had it at some point. However, if it is persistent, thick, and falling on your shoulders, it could be something more serious called Seborrheic Dermatitis. (or seb derm as we call it in Dermatology.) Seb derm is characterized by redness, itching, and thick flakes usually on the scalp but also on the face, and even ears or mid chest.
It is caused by high levels of yeast on the skin that promote inflammation. People with oily skin tend to me more prone (although most people associate flakes with dry skin).
It can get severe enough to cause hair loss so it is important to identify it and treat it properly (plus, who wants a blizzard floating around them?)
What should you do if you suspect this condition? The good news is, it is relatively easy to manage. The bad news is there is no cure to get rid of it completely.
- Avoid Triggers
- Use a Dandruff Shampoo. I don’t have a favorite here. People have such different hair types and textures as well as a variety of beautiful styles, it is hard to choose what I think is best for you. Just make sure it includes an ingredient targeted for dandruff such as zinc or salicylic acid.
- Avoid Organic Oils. Yes, I said it. But wait, let me tell you why. Be patient while I nerd out for a moment.
- Scalp Massage
- See Your Dermatologist
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