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.