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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that hav­ing dandruff sucks.

Thank­fully, a top der­ma­tol­o­gist has re­vealed the best hacks for bat­tling it.

Talk­ing to Re­fin­ery, der­ma­tol­o­gist and cos­metic sur­geon Me­lanie Palm de­fines the prob­lem: “Dandruff is the com­mon name for se­b­or­rheic der­mati­tis, an in­flam­ma­tory scalp con­di­tion in which an ab­nor­mal growth of yeast on the skin sur­face is present.

“It’s char­ac­terised by skin flak­ing and some de­gree of scalp ir­ri­ta­tion, whereas dry scalp may feel tight or itchy but re­ally shouldn’t flake – it sim­ply needs mois­ture from prod­ucts like masks or con­di­tion­ing treat­ments.”

If you fall into the cat­e­gory of flak­ing,

Palm sug­gests these sim­ple DIY so­lu­tions to try to help re­duce the prob­lem.

For a start, you should try wash­ing ev­ery day, or at least ev­ery other day, to min­imise yeast over­growth.

She said: “Oils and dead skin cells build up if the scalp is not washed, and the scales are me­chan­i­cally re­moved dur­ing sham­poo­ing.”

She added: “De­liv­er­ing ac­tive in­gre­di­ents – like zinc pyrithione, sal­i­cylic acid, and med­i­cated ci­clopirox and ke­to­cona­zole – to the scalp more fre­quently is also key to re­duc­ing ir­ri­ta­tion and scale build-up.”

Next, Palm sug­gests get­ting your stress lev­els in check, as well as avoid­ing big changes in your en­vi­ron­men­tal tem­per­a­ture.

For ex­am­ple, she ad­vises re­duc­ing the im­pact of cold win­ter months by get­ting hold of a hu­mid­i­fier and hav­ing luke-warm show­ers rather than boil­ing hot ones.

– The Sun

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