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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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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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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 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

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