If you are experiencing persistent flakes on your shoulders, it is natural to assume that dandruff is the cause. However, it is possible that the flakes are a result of dry scalp, which is something completely different. Identifying the root cause of your irritation is crucial, as the treatment options vary between the two conditions. Both conditions can be challenging and frustrating, but they are extremely common and treatable.

Dandruff is a condition that occurs when the scalp produces too much oil or sebum, leading to an overgrowth of yeast called Malassezia. This can cause the skin on the scalp to become irritated and flaky, resulting in the characteristic white flakes that are visible on the hair and clothing. Dandruff can be exacerbated by stress, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions. This condition is extremely common and nearly half of the population deals with it at some point.

On the other hand, a dry scalp occurs when the scalp lacks the necessary moisture to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. This can result in itching, flaking, and a tight, uncomfortable sensation on the scalp. Dry scalp is often caused by environmental factors such as cold weather, central heating, or the use of harsh hair products. If anti-dandruff products have not been working, you may have dry scalp.

To treat dandruff, specialized anti-dandruff Oribe hair shampoos containing active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, or ketoconazole can be used. These ingredients work to eliminate excess oil and reduce the growth of Malassezia. For dry scalp, it’s important to use a gentle, moisturizing Oribe shampoo conditioner that will help restore the scalp’s natural oils. Avoiding the use of harsh hair products and limiting exposure to environmental factors that can cause dryness, such as central heating or hot showers, can also help alleviate symptoms. In some cases, incorporating scalp oil can help hydrate the scalp and reduce itching and flaking.

Although dandruff and dry scalp may share some similar symptoms, they have distinct differences in their causes and treatments. If you are unsure of the underlying cause of your condition, consult with your local hairstylist. Your NJ hairdresser will be able to determine which condition you are experiencing and provide you with Oribe product recommendations to help treat the symptoms.

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