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How to Improve Scalp Health?

Although dandruff is a typically harmless skin condition, it can be embarrassing and stop both men and women from wearing darker clothes in fear of their shedding. Dandruff is not a contagious condition, and most commonly only causes dry skin that flakes off into the rest of the hair and sometimes onto the shoulders of your suit jacket or sweater. Dandruff can also be a result of not washing your hair often enough because without frequent shampooing the oil and skin cells can build up on the scalp and eventually flake off. Washing the hair too much could lead to dry skin, which may flake off into the mane of the hair.

There are several remedies to try at home before seeking a dermatologist is necessary. Brush hair from scalp down to the ends of the hair, or comb hair if it’s shorter. This will spread the natural oils within the hair strands throughout the body of the hair. Natural oils are good for the hair, and keep it from drying out and breaking.

Dermatologists will often recommend anti-dandruff shampoos. Because dandruff is such a common scalp problem, there is a wide variety of options, so in case you don’t respond well to one, you can always try another to see what puts your dandruff under control.

In some cases, dandruff can be an indicator of a more serious condition such as seborrheic dermatitis, a condition of oil irritated skin. Allergies to the scalp can also result in unusual shedding. Psoriasis and other dandruff inducers such as certain types of fungus like malassezia can be the source of flaking.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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