The Difference of Dandruff and Dry Scalp You Must Know

White flakes that are usually attached to clothes do not always indicate your hair is dandruff. It could be white chips that is dry scalp. Seen at a glance, indeed both have a similar shape and cause itching on the scalp. However, actually dandruff and dry scalp show different conditions in your hair. To know more about this, here are ways to recognize dandruff and dry scalp!


For dry scalp problems, it is usually caused because the scalp does not have enough oil. As with dry skin on other body parts, this can cause itching and irritation. However, the flaking scalp does not have a large shape like dandruff. The flakes tend to be smaller and have a whiter color.

Dandruff

Like other parts of the skin, the scalp will release dead skin cells. However, if this process is excessive and has a large form like scales with fatty impurities, this condition can be called dandruff. The condition of the scalp that is too oily, will cause skin cells to accumulate. Therefore, excessive skin cells then decay with a large, oily and white shape.

Caused

A person with dry skin conditions tends to have dry scalp. In addition, many things that makes dry scalp such as air factor, washing your hair too often and skin conditions like eczema. Similar to facial skin, when your scalp does not have enough oil will cause hair to look dry. According to the American Academy of Dermatology quoted from Medical News Today, researchers do not fully understand what causes dandruff. However, dandruff has the potential for someone to experience fungal infections of the scalp, excessive oil production and sensitivity to certain substances in hair products. For example, someone with a fungal infection on the scalp will cause more dandruff coupled with the condition of oily hair.

Even so, Health Line in this article mentions that dandruff is caused by seborrheic dermatitics, a condition in which the scalp becomes oily, reddish and scaly. The scales then peel and create dandruff. Seborrheic dermamatitics can occur in other parts of the body that have oil glands such as groin, armpits and even the nose.

How to overcome

The condition of dry scalp and dandruff is not experienced for a long time or can be called coming and going. But dandruff is aggravated because fungal infections will improve if treated properly. You can also reduce oil on the scalp by using shampoo with ingredients that can kill fungi on the scalp such as Salicylic Acid, Tea tree oil, Ketoconazole and Selenium sulfide. While dry scalp can improve if you reduce shampooing activity. You can also choose products such as shampoo, hair gel or hairspray with ingredients that can provide moisture to the hair.

One way to find out if you have a dry scalp condition or dandruff is to apply hair moisturizer to the scalp before going to bed. If the next day you find white debris on the head is gone, then it is a dry scalp condition, and vice versa.

Dandruff is indeed annoying and the shape is almost the same as a dry scalp. Hmm, now you know the difference? I hope this information is helpful.

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