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- Dandruff facts
- What is dandruff?
- What specialties of doctors treat dandruff?
- What are the causes of dandruff? What are dandruff symptoms and signs?
- How do doctors diagnose the cause of dandruff?
- What treatments are available for dandruff?
- What doesn't help dandruff?
- Are there home remedies for dandruff?
- If over-the-counter products don't work, what can the doctor prescribe for dandruff?
- What is the prognosis of dandruff?
- Is it possible to prevent dandruff?
Quick GuideFight Dandruff: How to Treat, Control, and Prevent Flakes
What treatments are available for dandruff?
Treatment of seborrhea (dandruff) is directed at fighting the skin inflammation. This is done either directly, by using cortisone-based creams and lotions (which reduce inflammation), or by using topical anti-yeast lotions and shampoos. Treatment should be directed at the cause of the dandruff.
What doesn't help dandruff?
- Moisturizing: Moisturizing lotions don't do much more than smooth out scales and make plaques look redder.
- Switching brands of shampoo: Shampoo doesn't cause dandruff. However, medicated shampoos (see below) can help.
- Changing hair-care routines: There is no "right" shampoo or conditioner. What is more important is the frequency with which these agents are used. As a rule, the more frequently one shampoos, the better the result. Seborrhea and dandruff are not caused by excessive shampooing "drying out the scalp." Hair dyes and conditioners do not cause or aggravate dandruff.
- Switching antiperspirants: When underarms are red from seborrhea, almost anything will make them redder, including antiperspirants, even though they are only aggravating the seborrhea and not causing it.