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How to Deal with Dandruff Throughout the Year

The turn of the season brings us a lot of good things indeed: bare legs, chirping birds, blooming roses, all floral everything. Also a thing? Allergies, weird skin conditions and even the occasional bout of seasonal dandruff.

We handed over our queries to Unilever Canada’s resident R&D expert, Dhaval Patel, on how to beat dandruff in the winter. Scroll down to find out if there’s something to be done about this common condition, or if it’s something we have to endure, like long winters.

Seasonal Winter Dandruff: How to Deal During Dry Weather


Is there a way to avoid seasonal winter dandruff?

Cold air in winter can make your scalp dry and dry scalp is common cause of dandruff according to CDA, a best to avoid the dandruff flakes and associated symptoms like itchiness and redness is to regularly use Anti-dandruff Shampoo along with moisturizing conditioner for extra hydration you need in winter time.


How do you know if you’re prone to flaking, especially in the winter/spring season?

Dry cold air in winter leads to scalp dryness, however scalp dryness does not mean dandruff, but it is known to be very common in people who experience dandruff flakes specially in winter months. Flakes are usually the end-result of dandruff—and presence of the visible flakes makes people aware of dandruff.. So, if you’re susceptible to dandruff during the winter­—your scalp is getting itchy or you’re feeling some kind of irritation on your scalp, then start using an anti-dandruff shampoo to avoid things getting worse, and turning into flakes. There’s no reason to wait until you see flakes on your shoulders or on your coat to start using a dandruff shampoo; it’s already starting to itch and feel uncomfortable, so use an anti-dandruff shampoo right away.


Does seasonal dandruff really exist? Why do a lot of people complain of this condition in the colder months?

When we do clinical studies, we cannot evaluate how much you’re itching; it’s just something you see and feel for yourself. We usually do studies during the winter months: It’s easier for a dermatologist to see the dandruff and study the flakes when there’s a dry climate, because when you sweat a lot, the flakes become much less visible. [Dandruff] is very common. It comes and goes—it also doesn’t always stay in the same spot on your head—and it’s not something you can get rid of once and have it never come back.


Anti-dandruff shampoo it is! What’s the best way to use it?

 Use at least a twice a week, Apply evenly on the scalp and leave on for several minutes before rinse-off or you can also follow direction advised by by a doctor or a pharmacist.


Dhaval’s note: We love the flake-fighting properties in Dove Derma Care + Scalp Smoothing Moisture shampoo and conditioner a wash-and-care system that relieves an irritated scalp without sacrificing smoothness.