If you have dandruff, chances are you've tried to fix it with over-the-counter shampoos and conditioners. However, this chronic condition is best treated by a dermatologist, who can provide prescription-level solutions to finally get your dandruff under control. If you have dandruff, here is what you need to know to resolve your symptoms.
What Causes Dandruff?
There is no single cause of dandruff. Sometimes, dry sky is to blame, while in other cases, oily skin becomes irritated and sheds. You may get dandruff if you don't shampoo enough, because skin cells from your scalp can build up and shed. Fungal infections, eczema, and psoriasis are also linked to dandruff. If you are sensitive to the ingredients in a hair product you use, the allergic reaction may lead to dandruff. Your dermatologist will isolate the cause of your dandruff before choosing a treatment plan.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most common symptom of dandruff is the telltale white flakes that appear on the shoulders of sufferers. These flakes are pieces of dead skin from the scalp. Itching is also possible, and may get worse in the fall and winter and then improve during the spring and summer. If you experience the symptoms of dandruff, you should see a clinical dermatologist for diagnosis. Other skin conditions can mimic the symptoms of dandruff and also require treatment.
What Treatments Are Available?
Shampoos with ingredients that treat the scalp are most effective at treating dandruff. Some are available over-the-counter, such as those that contain zinc pyrithione, sulfur, tar, and salicylic acid. Others are available by prescription. It may take trial and error to find the one that is most effective at treating your dandruff without causing irritation. If your dandruff is persistent, a steroid cream may be necessary.
Help for dandruff is available at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We provide a comprehensive range of treatments for skin conditions as well as cosmetic dermatology services. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.