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Simply put, dandruff occurs when your scalp generates new skin cells at a faster than normal rate. Skin is always shedding and renewing, but folks with dandruff experience this process at a more accelerated rate due to external or internal (health related) factors. It’s a very common dermatological issue, and fortunately there are many OTC (over-the-counter) products that will keep it under control. You may even find that a simple change in your hair care routine is all you need. However, If you have tried everything and still experience flakes, the best option is to consult with your dermatologist.

A variety of factors could be triggering your dandruff including:

1. Seasonal Changes: some individuals experience dandruff especially during colder temperatures that lead to dry scalp. It’s also common for individuals to experience oily scalps in warmer and more humid temperatures, which also triggers dandruff.

2. Infrequent Washes: I don’t get dandruff unless I wait longer than a week to wash my hair. It could just be that you need to wash your hair more often. Be sure to focus more on your scalp while you’re washing (an applicator bottle makes this easier).

3. Products: You could be having an allergic reaction to a product. Or you’re greasing your scalp with products that contain mineral oil and petrolatum. These products will only coat your scalp and keep moisture out. Additionally, your shampoo may be too harsh on your scalp causing increased dryness.

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