Why do people get dandruff?

Why do people get dandruff? That itchy, flaky, irritable stuff that no one wants – great question. This is a detailed response to a question asked on Y! Answers here. Let’s take a look!

What IS dandruff?

Well, quite simply, dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Nice eh? Not really. Dandruff is not to be confused with a dry scalp, which is another common disorder in the area.

Why do we get it?

Well, dandruff can be affected by exposure to radical temperatures or seasonal changes (hot and cold), elevated stress levels (as with just about everything these days), as well as through our genetic structure. Simply put, some people are just more prone to dandruff than others. It is also good to understand that some small amount of flaking is really quite normal.  The more serious cases are usually accompanied by a redness and irritation.

How do we get rid of it?

There are a number of products to deal with dandruff. Let’s briefly go through them:

  • Shampoo Brands: The majority of dandruff issues can be treated with specialized shampoos. There are a number of products on the market currently that utilize different chemical structures to help fight your flaky scalp, including Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, and the anti-fungal based approach Nizoral. Do a little bit of reading and testing and see which works best for you!

There you have it – a quick summary on the details surrounding what dandruff is, how we get it, and how to get rid of it!

- T.A.B


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