There are so many people, all over the world, who have noticed white flakes on their shoulders, and have felt embarrassment because of the same. While many people will immediately think that it is dandruff, there are actually other issues that can also lead to flaking, a condition that looks similar to dandruff. In order to find a solution to the same, it is important that you first decipher what the condition is.
What is Dandruff?
While there are many people who think that dandruff is a condition caused when the scalp has become dry, this is actually not the truth. Dandruff is visible desquamation or shedding of the cells from the scalp surface. It is a precursor of seborrhoeic dermatitis that is a chronic dermatitis occurring in areas having a rich supply of sebaceous glands like scalp, face and upper chest. Dandruff is the dry type of seborrhoeic dermatitis with dry scales and flaking while the actual seborrhoeic dermatitis consists of yellow greasy scales and red patches on the skin. Studies have shown that dandruff could be caused due to a fungus known as Malassezia, and while this fungus is present on the scalps of almost all people, it produces an inflammatory response only in people who have dandruff.
What is the Causes of dandruff?
Then there are also conditions which can be mistaken for dandruff, but are actually something else. By simply making a careful observation, you will be able to judge whether the flaking is dandruff or something else.
If none of these tips and tricks work for you, or keep the dandruff away for a long time, you should certainly meet a dermatologist to treat Dandruff Problem, who will be able to chart out a better course of treatment.
If you have been noticing flaking due to other reasons, such as usage of Minoxidil or styling products, here are a few things that you can do. For people with dry scalp, there is a simply trick – apply a little moisturizing lotion on the scalp and massage it with gentle hands. Shampoo the lotion off in the morning and condition with care. Irritation or flaking cause due to the usage of Minoxidil can be controlled by simply washing hair every day. If you use styling products every day, you might not have a choice but to wash your hair more often. Alternately, you could reduce the usage of such products!