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Flaky Scalp Not Dandruff
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
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
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
I have a flaky scalp however hairdressers have stated that it is not dandruff. I have lyconplanisis and 20 nail dystropy and they say it could be rela?
Well: First of all you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis and then you can discuss treatment options ...Read more
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
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?
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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