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Dandruff is caused by oil sebaceous secretions, metabolic byproducts and individual susceptibility, as dandruff is basically a yeast infection on the scalp. Treat dandruff using anti-fungal shampoos with advice from a professional hair stylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi I'm Amelia and I'm here to talk to you about some information on dandruff. Dandruff and dry scalp, two different animals. Dandruff is thick, scaly, yellow waxy buildup on the scalp is what it looks like. It comes from three things, oil sebaceous secretions, metabolic byproducts by Malassezia yeasts and individual susceptibility. It depends on, you may get it, your friend may not, it's not catchy. It is a fungus, OK? So if you scratch your head and you see flakes hit your shoulder, again that's not dandruff, that is just dry scalp. If you start to see thick scales, then that is dandruff. Moisturizing will not get rid of dandruff. It's not over production of oil, it's not because you're dirty, it's nothing like that, it's just that you have basically a yeast infection on your scalp. Now if you use the Selsun Blue's, the Head and Shoulders and those and they don't work, you can go to your dermatologist and they'll give you a, basic an anti-fungal medication. Same thing as your Norizal and your Monistat, any of those things, same family of drugs. You may also find that it's going to take several different remedies. You're going to need to use a scalp treatment probably, you're going to need to use a shampoo on a consistent basis, in other words everyday. And once it stops you're going to want to continue to use that shampoo, maybe not everyday but on a regular basis because you're going to be susceptible to that yeast coming back. So just remember, dandruff and dry scalp, two different things. If you have dandruff, you know it, it's thick, scaly, yellow waxy buildup on the scalp and it's from oil secretions and also like I said, it's fungal. So go to your dermatologist if you think you have dandruff and they'll get you on a remedy to stop it.

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