Dandruff are annoying white flakes that stem from the scalp and may end up on clothes or in your hair. These flakes are made of dead skin and are completely harmless, although pesky. Up to 40 percent of people age 30 or older experience dandruff.
Dead skin cells shred from the scalp naturally. Dandruff forms when oil on the scalp causes skin cells to clump together. The rapid shedding of growth can be caused by multiple factors:
- Dry skin
- Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
- Sensitivity to hair products
- Too much oil production
- Immune system complications
Pesky dandruff can be prevented with frequent shampooing. This can reduce oiliness and remove flakes. Another option is to try special anti-dandruff shampoos.
Dandruff can usually be self-diagnosed based on its appearance and the feeling of a dry, itchy scalp. If dandruff production becomes uncontrollable or you notice any abnormalities of your dandruff, see a dermatologist. Visit Knoxville Dermatology Group or call (865)690-9467 to schedule an appointment.