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Mayo Clinic Minute: Strategies for coping with dandruff

“When someone visits a primary care provider or perhaps a dermatologist regarding dandruff, we have to do an study of the scalp.”

Mayo Clinic dermatologist, Dr. Dawn Davis says you can find two common causes for dandruff flakes on the scalp.

“We are able to differentiate if the patient has overactive oil glands, simply dryness and dehydration causing scaling and flaking, or perhaps a combination thereof.”

It is possible to treat both forms of dandruff with special shampoos which have active ingredients made to reduce irritation and rehydrate the scalp.

“Be cautious and aware the way you use your shampoo.” Dr. Davis says most dandruff shampoos have to be left on the scalp for a lot more than 5 minutes.

“Shampoo includes a precipitate that once applied takes several minutes to split up itself out to permit it to stay on your skin to become active.”

And Dr. Davis says dandruff fighting routines may become less effective as time passes, so for best results she recommends rotating among around three shampoos with different substances.”

For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I’m Jeff Olson.

Sept. 11, 2019

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