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Dandruff Specialist

Houston Skin Associates

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Museum District Houston & Pearland, TX

If you’re tired of scalp flaking caused by dandruff, you don’t have to live with it. At Houston Skin Associates, with locations in Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, expert medical and cosmetic dermatologists offer a variety of dandruff treatments to alleviate stubborn flaking and make your scalp healthier. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.

Dandruff Q & A

What is dandruff?

Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, is a common condition that causes your scalp to flake. While not a cause for concern, dandruff might make you feel embarrassed if it’s noticeable on your scalp or flakes off onto your face or clothes. Treatment with the experts at Houston Skin Associates helps you get rid of problematic dandruff.

What are the symptoms of dandruff?

Common signs and symptoms of dandruff include:

  • Itchy scalp
  • Skin flaking off of your scalp
  • Visible white flakes in your hair
  • Noticeable white flakes on your face or shoulders
  • Scaly, crusty scalp in infants (cradle cap)

Dandruff symptoms could be more severe if you’re stressed out. It may also get worse during dry and cold times of the year.

What are the risk factors for dandruff?

Seborrheic dermatitis is common and can affect anyone, but some factors increase your risk of experiencing dandruff. Examples include:

  • Dry skin
  • Oily skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Yeastlike fungus
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Age
  • Being male
  • Some illnesses

A weakened immune system, HIV, Parkinson's disease, or other conditions that affect your nervous system can boost your chance of developing dandruff.

How does my doctor diagnose dandruff?

Diagnosing dandruff is often as simple as looking at your scalp. However, before developing a personalized treatment to eliminate dandruff, your doctor also discusses your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and preferences.

How is dandruff treated?

To treat dandruff, your dermatologist could recommend one of the following solutions:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to reduce the risk of dandruff include managing stress, eating nutritious foods, having a healthy hair and scalp routine, and limiting hair-styling products that build up and make your scalp oily.

Dandruff shampoo

Using shampoos specifically designed to treat dandruff can reduce a flaky scalp and prevent dandruff from returning. Your provider lets you know which medicated dandruff shampoos best match your needs. They also discuss with you how and when to use medicated shampoos properly.

Don’t let dandruff stress you out when simple treatments are within reach at Houston Skin Associates. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.