Most people do not associate dandruff with a need to visit the dermatologist. Millions of people experience dandruff, a condition in which the skin on the scalp becomes dry and flaky. Dandruff may not pose a risk to your health, but it can certainly be an embarrassing and difficult to overcome problem. Most often, we think that dandruff will disappear with extra shampooing or the use of a dandruff shampoo. This approach may work for some, but will not work for every person. Some will find the relief they need by working with our board certified dermatologist. If dandruff is a problem for which you want a solution, we invite you to contact us in Arlington or Stafford for a consultation.

Dandruff is a problem that is easily recognized. Teens and adults with this condition may notice flecks of white on shoulders. The scalp may also itch or feel otherwise irritated on a regular basis. These symptoms may grow worse during times when skin becomes drier.

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There are several potential causes for dandruff. These include:

  • Contact dermatitis may occur if the skin on the scalp reacts adversely to certain ingredients in hair care products or hair dyes. In addition, shampooing too frequently can lead to this type of irritation.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis causes the skin on a certain part of the body to be excessively oily and irritated. This type of dandruff may stick to oily skin and appear as yellow or white scales. It can also occur on other areas of the body, such as the back of the ears or beside the nose.
  • Dry skin is the primary cause of dandruff in most people. This may be noticed as dry, white flakes on the shoulders, and will likely be coupled with excessively dry skin on other parts of the body.
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, both of which can cause inflammation and dry skin, can look like dandruff.

Most people who experience dandruff find relief in over-the-counter shampoos. However, if dandruff still appears and the scalp is not relieved of itchiness after a few uses, a visit to our board certified dermatologist is in order. Dr. Neal can examine the skin and determine the potential cause for irritation. From the initial examination, a treatment plan will be designed to reduce inflammation and dryness, or manage another skin condition if this is found to be the cause of dandruff.

Washington Dermatology Consultants is a practice in which you can rely on a high standard of care for your various skin concerns. To gain control over dandruff, contact us in Arlington or Stafford.