An extremely common condition amongst many people all over the world, dandruff causes dry, itchy, and flaky scalp. The flakes can land on our clothes and get stuck in our hair which can make people self-conscious. It can also be uncomfortable as it can itch and sometimes generate a burning sensation.
Some people are more prone to dandruff than others, and the severity of the condition can vary greatly. Although much of society correlates dandruff with poor hygiene, this is actually a misconception in most circumstances. Regardless of how severe dandruff may be, a number of treatments are available to ensure the skin on your scalp is as healthy as possible.
Even if you have excellent daily hygiene, you can still encounter dandruff in varying degrees. Whether it’s a small amount or very noticeable, no one likes to see flakes of skin in their hair and on their clothes. A flaky scalp is caused by a few primary instigators, which can include dry skin, oily skin, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and malassezia, which is a yeastlike fungus.
It can be challenging to determine the root cause of dandruff, but it isn’t impossible by any means. There are plenty of hair care products that are centered around mitigating or eliminating dandruff. Moreover, you can visit us at The Dermatology Institute of Boston to develop an effective treatment that works for your particular case.
Many people feel isolated when struggling with dandruff, as if it’s something they have to deal with for the rest of their life. There’s no doubt it can be a challenge to manage, but with the help of dermatology professionals and the right treatment, you can get your dandruff under control in a short amount of time.
Most people tend to rely on hair care products or even over-the-counter medications to minimize or eliminate their dandruff. Over the counter products that target dandruff can work quite well, but only a dermatologist will be able to provide a treatment that’s suited for the cause of your flaky scalp. These treatment regimens can include shampoos, prescription washes, medicated topicals, and even sometimes oral medications, as needed. If you are worried about a flaky scalp, our board-certified dermatologists can help find a custom regimen to get your scalp healthy again.
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.