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What is dandruff and why do we get it?

“I can vividly remember the first time I noticed I had dandruff. I was in my late teens and had just pulled on this new bottle green dress I’d saved up to buy. I brushed my hair and noticed these tiny white speckles on my shoulders. When I looked closer in the mirror I saw bigger white flakes on my scalp...” If you’ve got recurring dandruff, Vivian’s story of first spotting white flakes is probably a familiar one. But what is dandruff exactly? What does dandruff look like? And why do some people get it and not others?

A lot of people think dry skin is a big part of what causes dandruff – but it’s actually not. Here’s some science: dandruff causes include more fungus growth on the scalp, and some people naturally produce more of this than others. The fungus survives on one thing: your skin’s oils, known as sebum. If you happen to be sensitive to this process, it can lead to dandruff and sometimes a dry, itchy scalp. So, if you have an oily scalp, you might be more likely to see those white flakes.

As Viv illustrates, that first experience of dandruff symptoms can be a hard one to deal with – but there are ways to keep it under control and avoid one of those last-minute panic hair washes. The key is creating a routine that works for you, with products that don’t just help prevent dandruff, but also care for your hair. With regular use, Dove Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner help to prevent those white flakes from appearing, but they also work to nourish your hair; leaving it smooth, soft and beautiful. Or try Dove Invigorating Mint Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – our best dandruff shampoo for all-in-one scalp care with a burst of minty freshness.

“These days I have a great routine for keeping flakes away – I’m now in my 60s and talking about it isn’t as embarrassing. It seems like most of us have had dandruff at one point or another so why should it be?” Exactly – it really shouldn’t be a taboo anymore.

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