Types Of Dandruff

Types Of DandruffTypes Of Dandruff


Do you know that there are different types of dandruff? Those white flakes that become visible on top of the head and often lead to a lot of embarrassment are cause by various factors.

According to Perfect Locks, the first type of dandruff is a fungal growth. This kind of dandruff is almost a chronic condition, caused by oiliness or an off-balance pH of the scalp, poor cleansing habits, or even an allergic reaction to the hair products you use.


The next type of dandruff is caused by dry scalp. In this case, the skin of the scalp is literally so parched and dry, it is flaking and falling away like snakeskin. People with this kind of dandruff usually have drier, curlier hair types and notice a tightness in their scalps.


Eliminating sulfates from your shampoos will also help with dry scalp, since these ingredients help strip away natural oils. Brushing the hair or massaging the scalp – either with bare fingertips or a few drops of peppermint oil – is another great treatment, since massage helps stimulate circulation and bring blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the scalp and hair.


The third and probably most common type of dandruff is created by product buildup. This is what happens when people with otherwise healthy manes and scalps pile on too many styling products, layering gel on top of shine serum on top of hairspray on top of wrap lotion on top of scalp oil on top of heat-protecting serum, and so on. Dandruff caused by product buildup usually looks less like flakes and more like tiny clumps or balls of dirt; it may have a brownish color, since all those products attract and trap plenty of dirt and sweat. Product-buildup dandruff also tends to appear sporadically, only when hair is in need of a wash, while other types of dandruff show up more quickly and regularly.


Source: Perfect Locks


While there may be different types of dandruff, the cures or solutions for it do not vary that much. The primary remedy that people usually resort to is dandruff shampoos.


According to Mayo Clinic, dandruff shampoos are classified according to the medication they contain:


  • Zinc pyrithione shampoos (such as Selsun Salon, Head & Shoulders). These contain the antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus on your scalp that can cause dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Tar-based shampoos (such as Neutrogena T/Gel). Coal tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing process, helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing how quickly skin cells on your scalp die and flake off.
  • Shampoos containing salicylic acid (such as Ionil T). These “scalp scrubs” help eliminate scale, but they may leave your scalp dry, leading to more flaking. Using a conditioner after shampooing can help relieve dryness.
  • Selenium sulfide shampoos (such as Selsun Blue). These shampoos slow your skin cells from dying and may also reduce malassezia. Because they can discolor blond, gray or chemically colored hair, be sure to use them only as directed, and rinse well after shampooing.
  • Ketoconazole shampoos (such as Nizoral). Ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail. It’s available over-the-counter as well as by prescription.


Source: Mayo Clinic


If you have figured out that the dandruff that you may be experiencing is caused by any of the types of dandruff mentioned above, then now is the time to grab a good dandruff shampoo or some other dandruff treatments. That way, it can be minimized.

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