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How To Get Rid Of Dandruff

Everything you need to know on the causes of dandruff and getting rid of it.

Getting rid of dandruff

Let’s face it, having dandruff isn’t the most stylish of ways your hair could look. Never mind the fact it can be itchy and irritable. But dandruff is a very common issue amongst many people at any age. It isn’t a serious condition, but it can affect your everyday life and we know how frustrating it can get. Although there is no cure for dandruff, there are ways to reduce it and prevent it from coming back. So, if you start to notice that you’re developing dandruff, don’t worry - we’ve got the answers to help sort your hair. 
blonde haired man getting rid of his dandruff in front of a mirror

What is dandruff?

Dandruff can occur from a skin condition on the scalp. If you think you have dandruff, you’ll notice white flakes and an itchy, scaly scalp - sounds lovely, we know. The flakes are the more visible symptom, as sometimes they can fall onto your shoulders, and are more noticeable on people with brown or black hair.

What causes dandruff?

There’s a common belief that dandruff is caused by poor hygiene - but it isn’t! So don’t worry if you have it. Unfortunately, some men can even get beard dandruff too!

There’s a number of potential causes which can’t be helped, and if you have any of these it’s important to talk to your doctor and see what treatment is available. These can range from different skin conditions such as: 

  • Seborrheic dermatitis - you can identify it as scaly red patches on your scalp, which can be itchy
  • Tinea capitis, known as ringworm - this is often recognised as a red or silvery rash on your scalp
  • Eczema - Eczema can appear on any area of the body, and when it’s on your scalp it appears as red, dry, flaky and extremely itchy
  • Contact dermatitis - dermatitis is a more irritated and inflamed condition, it could cause blisters and broken skin. It is commonly caused by a reaction to hair products such as hair dye, gels and hair spray
  • Psoriasis - This is recognised by having a red and flaky sore patch on your scalp, often covered by silvery scales of skin

Cold weather and stress could also make dandruff worse - so look out for those winter days and chill out on the sofa!

Cold weather can also impact your skin health, so take a look at our winter skincare guide.


How to stop dandruff

Because the dandruff is visible, a lot of people feel self-conscious when they have it. There’s no cure, but you can get rid of dandruff fast by using specialist shampoos, that also relieve the itchiness too. With these shampoo’s you’ll have to use them regularly to keep dandruff away, so your hair can go back to looking sleek and stylish!

Our own NIVEA MEN Anti-Dandruff Power Shampoo uses patent-pending Active System formula. That then targets the direct cause of dandruff and effectively removes all residues from hair and scalp. Developed and designed specifically for men with normal hair. The formula is also enriched with bamboo extract and strengthens the hair all the way down to the roots - leaving your hair dandruff free whilst also feeling and looking good. 
NIVEA MEN anti-dandruff shampoo product

Nivea Anti-dandruff product for you to try

What if my dandruff doesn’t get better?

Make sure you’ve used the anti-dandruff shampoos regularly for at least a month, as unfortunately, it won’t fix it overnight. 

But don’t worry, if the specialist shampoo’s don’t work for you - then it’s always best to go and get checked at the doctors if things don’t improve.