What Causes Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common ailment that effects up to half of the population. Its symptoms, which include dry, white flakes that appear on the scalp and hair, are easy enough to spot. But the exact cause of dandruff remains unknown. There are however, several possible causes that can contribute to the onset of dandruff.  In this article we’ll discuss these possible causes and how best to tackle them. 

Dry Scalp

Dry scalp is often perceived as most common causes of dandruff. Dandruff flakes that occur due to a dry scalp are usually smaller and less oily than flakes that result from other causes of dandruff and can be easily treated by a good anti-dandruff shampoo.

To treat  dry scalp, wash your hair regularly with CLEAR Intense Hydration Shampoo which contains a cactus extract that replenishes and hydrates dry scalps. For best results, make sure to massage the hair and scalp gently before rinsing well. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Another common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a skin condition that mainly affects the scalp but can also appear around oily areas of the body such as the face, chest and back. This skin problem leaves affected areas to become greasy, inflamed and covered with itchy yellow or white flakes of dry skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a long-term condition and its symptoms require repeated treatments before they go away. Consult a dermatologist and understand your condition in order to seek the best treatment. 

Scalp Fungus  

Malassezia is a yeast-like scalp fungus that grows in oil rich areas of the body and has been identified as a leading cause of dandruff. Malassezia is actually present on both healthy scalps and scalps with dandruff, but scalps affected by dandruff symptoms tend to have a higher presence of the fungus.  When the scalp’s natural protective barrier becomes weakened , irritants produced by malassezia are able to penetrate the scalp barrier and further aggravate dandruff symptoms.  

Malassezia can’t be removed completely, but restoring your scalp’s natural protective barrier is the first step to combatting its effects. Washing with CLEAR Anti-Dandruff Shampoo improves the scalp’s natural defenses, protecting it against further irritation and eliminate dandruff1. For best results, use CLEAR SHAMPOO continuously to keep dandruff from reoccurring.

Knowing what causes dandruff and how to treat it when it appears is the key to keeping your hair clean and clear. As always, regularly washing your hair with a Clear Anti-Dandruff Shampoo offers a good defense against the appearance of dandruff symptoms.

1 No visible flaks with continuous product usage.