Do I have GROWING DANDRUFF?

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The answer is NO! Let's start by identifing and defining the term dandruff. Dandruff is the term used to describe the presence of visible flakes or dry skin that is found on the scalp or within the hair. This presence of dry skin can be caused by an accelerated shedding of skin cells, this can be because of genetic predisposition as well as environmental factors such as cooler or dryer climates during the winter months. No scientific data exists to correlate the growth of hair with the presence of dandruff. So the term growing dandruff is a misnomer. 

However! Some individuals who think they have dandruff actually have a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. This is a more serious condition that requires treatment. Seborrheic dermatitis has the symptoms of dandruff, however in addition to it, itching, tenderness of the scalp and soreness can occur. If left untreated, this condition can lead to hair follicle damage, which in turn could lead to permanent hair loss.

Dandruff can be controlled usually by medicated shampoos that can be purchased over the counter. Seborrheic dermatitis requires more aggressive treatment of prescription medications. If you are experiencing either of these conditions, it is always best to check with a dermatologist for a consultation. 

There you have it! Now you are fully educated and aware of the "Growing Dandruff" mystery. Have a blessed week and stay tuned for more Hair and Beauty education and tips. Did you enjoy this post? Stay Connected by joining my mailing list below.

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