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What is the difference between dry scalp and dandruff?

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I was shopping for dandruff shampoo today and saw that they have some that is labeled for dry scalp and some that is labeled for dandruff. Both said that they stop flaking. How can I tell whether I have dry scalp or dandruff? What is the difference between the two?
asked Oct 22, 2015 in Health and Fitness by tina0611
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The majority of people who think that they have dandruff are actually having a dry scalp. This condition is characterized by small white flakes of skin on the scalp. It can be caused by dehydration or severe shedding of the scalp skin cells due to using poor quality shampoo and conditioners. These shampoos and conditioners will strip the natural oil in your hair, which will lead to excessive dryness on your scalp. Dry scalp can sometimes accompany irritation and itchiness. There are so many ways to combat a dry scalp condition by drinking plenty of water and using only professional shampoos and conditioners.


Dandruff on the other hand is characterized by large, greasy flakes (clusters of skin cells), which are slightly yellowish or grey in color. It may come off when combing your hair, and it is accompanied by itching. Dandruff is accompanied by a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp. If you are having dandruff, you should always clean your comb, brush, towel, hats etc.  before reusing them. The real cause of dandruff could be diagnosed only by a professional healthcare provider. Dandruff can be controlled by using shampoos and conditioners with tea tree oil. You should cut down on styling products and not scratch the area. If you think you have dandruff, you should immediately see your doctor for further treatments.


References

http://www.brightersides.com/brightersidesblog/2011/02/dandruff-vs-dry-scalp-whats-the-difference/

http://www.apivita.com/asia/


answered Oct 22, 2015 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)

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