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What to do about dry flaky scalp (not dandruff)?

What to do about dry flaky scalp (not dandruff)?

Wash hair frequently: To prevent dry flaky scalp using a moisturizing shampoo and crème rinse or conditioner. Try anti-dandruff shampoo if this does not help. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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What do I do to my extreme peeling flaky scalp, don't think its dandruff, plus it gets itchy?

What do I do to my extreme peeling flaky scalp, don't think its dandruff, plus it gets itchy?

Seborrheic: Sounds like it could be seborrheic dermatitis, a common condition of the scalp as you describe. Selenium sulfide shampoos over the counter are effective but if that does not help prescriptions such as ketoconazole 2% shampoo, fluocinolone. 01% or ciclopirox 1% shampoos are very effective as well. See your doctor for those. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am male with long hair. I wash my hair daily but my scalp is flaky. Not dandruff, but flakes. How can I combat this? Washing less is not an option

I am male with long hair. I wash my hair daily but my scalp is flaky. Not dandruff, but flakes. How can I combat this? Washing less is not an option

Try soap: Shampoos are more potent than regular soap and remove much more of your natural hair oil. You should try washing your hair using regular soap and if your hair still dries out too much, add a conditioner after washing. For more advice about your hair care, consult a skilled beautician at a hair salon. ...Read more

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I have flaky like dandruff on my scalp, it's quite severe. Which is preventing the growth of my hair. How can I treat it?

I have flaky like dandruff on my scalp, it's quite severe. Which is preventing the growth of my hair. How can I treat it?

Dandruff: Not all dandruff shampoos are alike. Some have different active ingredients, such as:
coal tar preparations (denorex therapeutic protection, neutrogena t/gel, scytera)
pyrithione zinc (selsun blue for itchy dry scalp, neutrogena t/gel daily control dandruff shampoo, head & shoulders)
salicylic acid and sulfur (sebex, sebulex)
salicylic acid (neutrogena t/sal)
selenium sulfide, ketoconazole. ...Read more

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Coconut oil made my scalp sore, flaky, and super dry. I'm still suffering from it a week later. And I don't have dandruff. Any help?

Coconut oil made my scalp sore, flaky, and super dry. I'm still suffering from it a week later. And I don't have dandruff. Any help?

WHY?: Why would anyone use coconut oil on the scalp? You also indicate that you have dandruff shampoo but fail to name it. You may want to see a dermatologist. There are shampoos for dry scalp. You can also shampoo with a body wash such as Dove, Eucerin, Neutrogena, etc. ...Read more

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I am 18 and I have mild acne on my forehead and back for 3 years. I also have very flaky dandruff on my scalp. Kindly suggest a medication.

I am 18 and I have mild acne on my forehead and back for 3 years. I also have very flaky dandruff on my scalp. Kindly suggest a medication.

Acne: If you have acne in multiple areas you may need oral antibiotic therapy, there are other treatment options available also, Better consult a Dermatologist.
Common at this age, stress can make it worse. ...Read more

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My scalp is often itchy and flaky, and it feels like scabs. Sometimes there's a little blood when I scratch it. I've tried dandruff shampoos but they haven't worked. I've also tried off-the-shelf treatments but they sting. What can I do?

My scalp is often itchy and flaky, and it feels like scabs. Sometimes there's a little blood when I scratch it. I've tried dandruff shampoos but they haven't worked. I've also tried off-the-shelf treatments but they sting. What can I do?

See dermatologist: In order to find the right treatment, one needs to identify the problem. Aside from a contact allergy to hair preparations, you may have condition such as seborrhea or psoriasis. Thus a dermatology consult would likely be the best option for you. ...Read more

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What causes thick dandruff on scalp?

What causes thick dandruff on scalp?

Several posibilities: A fungus, malassezia lives on scalps of healthy adults without problems, sometimes growing out of control, feeding on oils inyour hair follicles. This can irritate your scalp and cause extra skin cells to grow, die and fall off, clumping with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white and flaky in your hair. You may also have eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

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Dandruff and dry scalp?

Dandruff and dry scalp?

Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes scalp dryness and dandruff?

What causes scalp dryness and dandruff?

Dandruff: A yeast called malassezia. This fungus is one of the normal microscopic life forms that grow, along with certain bacteria, in your skin's oily secretion (sebum). Creams, foams or lotions containing an antifungal agent, such as ketoconazole (ketozole, extina), often help reduce flare-ups, supporting the idea that this yeast is a contributing factor. But seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious. ...Read more

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How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

Treat for Dandruff: See Dermatologist.
Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection.
Try over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. ...Read more

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Itching in scalp even if there is no dandruff.

Any new exposures: See your doctor for an exam and detailed history to try to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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Why is my scalp smelly with itchy orangish dandruff?

Dandruff: Todd you need to go see your Family Doctor or Pediatrician first to look at this. You may have an infection on your scalp causing this. They may refer you to a dermatologist. Either way you don't have to put up with this irritating stuff on your scalp. ...Read more

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What can I do about itchy oily scalp with tons of dandruff!?

Wash hair regularly: Wash your hair regularly using dandruff shampoos like head and shoulders or t-gel. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do for super itchy and dandruff filled scalp?

What is the best thing to do for super itchy and dandruff filled scalp?

Scalp shampoos: Head and shoulders and there are a few tar preparations for really severe cases. Another thing to try is scalp oil treatments- especially hot oil treatments... ...Read more

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I have had severe dandruff for 6 years. It's all over my scalp and eyebrows. What can I do?

Seborrhea: Usually when "dandruff" appears as flakiness over the eyebrows, it is not simple dandruff. Probably seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. I would recommend a consult with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to control hairfall? I really need to do something abt it. My scalp has dandruff and is oily.

How to control hairfall? I really need to do something abt it. My scalp has dandruff and is oily.

Hair Loss: Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp. Although dandruff isn't contagious and is rarely serious, it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat. Dandruff does not cause hair loss.
The american hair loss association recommends Minoxidil for those who have not responded favorably to Finasteride or the use of both. ...Read more

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I have horrible dry scaley and flakey scalp...Not normal dandruff. I can't go in public like this. Help?

For dry, itchy scalp: Aloe Vera - shampoo & rinse scalp/ hair. Break off aloe vera leaves & apply about 1 TBSP o f the gel onto scalp. Rinse after 5 minutes. Sesame Oil - Apply warmed sesame oil to scalp & massage for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse. ...Read more

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From the last 3 months I have severe dandruff problem or dry scalp, which I am not sure of. I have flakes on my scalp.

Dandruff: This is very likely dandruff. We call this seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Sometimes this is associated with a rash around the eyebrows / sides of the nose or chin. Best treated with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione shampoos. Please ask your pharmacist for one of these and use as directed - see someone if not improving after a month or two. ...Read more

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It seems like all of my scalp "sheds" into thick dandruff peices. I've tried everything, but this never goes away...ideas?

NeedPrescriptionRx: If you have tried all different over the counter shampoos. Consult your doctor and you can get a prescription Shampoo like
Selsun Sulphide or Nizoral2% or Denorex etc. And follow the directions ...Read more

Dandruff (Definition)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a ...Read more