Why You Have Dandruff and How to Fight the Flakes

image: Imaxtree

image: Imaxtree

The word dandruff is not a pretty one, so it comes as no surprise that discussing the dead skin cells that shed from our scalp isn’t exactly the number one topic of conversation when it comes to beauty. And now that the lovely, frigid winter weather is in full force, some of us are having to deal with dry scalp issues. Let’s discuss.

Dandruff is nothing to be embarrassed about. One of the main causes of dandruff can be the lack of proper shampooing to remove dead skin cells that accumulate on the scalp — kind of like exfoliation on the face. Another reason is excess Malassezia, a yeast-like fungus that feeds off the oil created by hair follicles, which causes irritation and the growth of more skin cells that leads to cell turnover, resulting in flakes. And then there is Mother Nature’s cold weather. Dry skin equals an itchy and flaky scalp. Luckily, there are a slew of products that will help alleviate the white flakes and itchiness. 

A trip to the dermatologist should be on your to-do list if your situation is extreme. But for the most part, if you suffer from an average case of the ‘druff, here’s how to get rid of dandruff with some beauty products and best dandruff shampoos that will help combat your flake foes and save your scalp.