Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp: How To Tell + Derm Tips To Treat Both

The question you came for: Do you have dandruff or a dry scalp? To determine the condition, you may want to take a closer look at the flakes themselves (gross but necessary): “Dandruff flakes tend to be large, individual scale-like flakes on the scalp or base of the hair,” board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., once told us about how to I.D. your flakes. As for dryness? Those flakes look similar to traditional dandruff flecks, just a bit smaller and more white (dandruff can look a bit yellowish, especially if you have large, oily scales).  

Board-certified dermatologist Iris Rubin, M.D., founder of SEEN Hair Care, recommends a little experiment to figure out which condition you truly have: “Try a clarifying shampoo, and if the flakes persist, it is more likely dandruff,” she says. If you have any film of product, dead skin, oil, or dirt on your scalp, no moisturizing scalp mask or oil is going to penetrate those dehydrated skin cells—which can exacerbate dryness. So if you use a clarifying wash to lift all that buildup, subsequently hydrate the scalp, and still notice a dusting of flakes? There’s a good chance you’re dealing with dandruff. 

This article was originally published by mindbodygreen.com. Read the original article here.

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