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How to Help Get Rid of Dandruff

What is dandruff?

Dandruff is flaking skin on the scalp that causes itching. While it is harmless, white flakes on your hair and clothing can be embarrassing, inconvenient, or both. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), dandruff and itchy scalp tends to get worse in dry winter climates with lower humidity. In the summer, where humidity is usually high, dandruff conditions may improve. So yes, seasonal dandruff is definitely a thing.

What causes dandruff?

The Canadian Dermatology Association says that the underlying reason for dandruff is dry skin resulting from dry hair. Another frequent cause is a condition called seborrheic dermatitis—which is science speak for oily scalp. This oily scalp condition, “may contain an abundance of yeast and leads to large white flakes or yellow scales from the uneven shedding and clumping of dead skin cells,” the CDA says.

Facts about dandruff courtesy of the Canadian Dermatology Association

About 50 per cent of North Americans have dandruff. It is most common in younger people and resolves by middle age, but the condition can return later in life. More men have dandruff than women which could be attributed to men having hormones that produce more active oil glands and an oilier scalp.


Should you see a dermatologist if you have dandruff?

As mentioned before, dandruff is typically a harmless condition, but the CDA says that you should consult a dermatologist for a medical prescription if you are experiencing an itchy scalp that persists despite using dandruff shampoo for several weeks, redness and/or swelling of the scalp.


How to treat dandruff and flakes

Dove dandruff-control shampoo and conditioner system systems uses a milder active ingredient called Pyrithione Zinc to prevent dandruff and associated symptoms such as irritation and itching. Pyrithione zinc acts as an anti-fungal agent and reduces the activity of the Malassezia microbe, the microbe known to produce irritants leading to the production of extra skin cells, which appear as dandruff flakes.

If you need an anti-dandruff shampoo combined with the quintessential care of Dove products, try Derma+Care Scalp Dryness and Itch Relief Shampoo. Aggressive washing with harsh chemicals can strip away your scalp’s nutrients and moisture balance, making it dry and dull. This dandruff shampoo formula is specially formulated to leave hair visibly flake-free with regular use while helping to hydrate and smooth dry scalp. The special moisturizing formula also decreases dryness which helps to reduce redness and irritation associated with dandruff. The pH;balanced formula also leaves hair smooth and less frizzy with each use, leaving your hair more shiny and healthy looking. It’s also created with coconut shea butter scent, giving your hair a luxuriously refreshing finish after each wash. For best results, pair it with Derma+Care Scalp Dryness and Itch Relief Conditioner for  extramoisture and dryness protection.

We know that men and women have different skin types. For men, Dove has a specially formulated shampoo to fight dandruff and irritated scalp*: Derma + Care Scalp 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner Gentle Clean fights dandruff, provides relief from irritation*, is gentle enough to be used daily, and helps eliminate visible flakes* (*associated with dandruff, with regular use)

Regular use of this special dandruff formula also makes hair stronger and more resilient against breakage leaving it with healthier look.

Made with eucalyptus and tea extract, this formula is the perfect 2 in1 Shampoo and conditioner for men who want to fight dandruff and care for their hair.

For other dandruff remedies or for more information on dandruff control, visit the Canadian Dermatology Association.