What Causes Dandruff Flakes?

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Dandruff flakes are caused by a fungus on the scalp as opposed to dry skin, as many believe, so any anti-fungal remedy can help cure dandruff on the scalp. Find out what causes dandruff to determine a proper treatment 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 what causes dandruff flakes. Dandruff is actually caused from a fungus. It's actually kind of like a yeast infection on your scalp. But what a lot of doctors believe is that normally the human body sheds cells every 28 days, but with someone with dandruff it causes those cells to shed more rapidly so your cells would shed between 5 and 7 days. So you get sort of a buildup of the cells on the scalp and then that causes redness, it causes irritation and then the sebaceous glands kind of act up so it's not really a moisture issue, it's more of a fungal issue. So I highly recommend going to your dermatologist if you've got a bad case of dandruff and talking to them about putting you on an anti-fungal remedy, something like Nizoral or something like that. If you've just got dry scalp, you can stick with your regular Selsun Blue's, your Head and Shoulders, anything like that with selenium sulfide, tar, anything like that kind of in there to help calm down the redness and the irritation. So you can use those as well with dandruff. But basically go to your dermatologist if you've got dandruff because you're looking at a fungal infection and they can take it from there.

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