5 Common Questions About Dandruff: Our Experts Weigh In

Are you tired of constantly scratching your scalp and dealing with pesky white flakes? Dandruff can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem, but you’re not alone. 

As scalp specialists in Singapore, we understand that you might have doubts about dandruff that you are too embarrassed to ask out loud, so we have compiled five common questions and answers to help. We also share some dandruff treatments you can try.

Common questions about dandruff

1. Is dandruff contagious? 

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that affects many people, but there is sometimes confusion about whether it is contagious. The good news is that dandruff is not contagious. It’s caused by natural oils and a microbe called Malassezia globosa, which are present on everyone’s scalp. 

While it’s true that your dandruff might get worse if these things increase, they cannot be passed from one person to another. Therefore, dandruff is not contagious or infectious. You cannot catch or spread dandruff through person-to-person contact or  by sharing pillowcases.

2. Can dandruff be permanently cured?

Dandruff cannot be permanently cured but can be effectively managed with proper treatment and self-care practices. An anti-dandruff shampoo containing peppermint extract, zinc pyrithione and pyrotonolamine can help. The peppermint extract can cleanse and calm the irritated or itchy scalp, while zinc pyrithione and pyrotonolamine can prevent further dandruff formation.

While dandruff can be chronic, a simple habit change can help clear up the ever-present flakes on your scalp. For example, washing your hair will reduce excess oil and scalp buildup, two factors that contribute to dandruff. However, it’s crucial to remember not to overwash either, as this will strip your scalp of its natural oils. Ultimately, striking a balance is key.  

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, so incorporating protein-rich foods like lentils and beans into your diet can also help keep your hair healthy and dandruff at bay. 

Read this article to have an idea of where to start.

3. Can dandruff lead to hair loss?

While dandruff can be a nuisance, many wonder if it can lead to hair loss. The truth is dandruff itself doesn’t cause hair loss. However, if left untreated, it can lead to other conditions that can cause hair loss. For example, if you scratch your scalp frequently due to itching caused by dandruff, you may damage hair follicles, leading to hair loss over time.

Moreover, if you have scalp issues like seborrhoeic dermatitis or scalp psoriasis, this can increase your chances of experiencing dandruff and hair loss.

4. Can stress cause dandruff?

Stress can be a factor that can make dandruff worse, but it’s not a direct cause of dandruff. When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that can affect your skin’s oil production and make your scalp more prone to flaking. Stress can also weaken your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off the yeast that contributes to dandruff

Managing stress through techniques like exercise, meditation, and yoga can help reduce dandruff symptoms. 

5. When should I see a doctor for my dandruff?

While over-the-counter medications can be your first go-to solution in dealing with dandruff, going to a scalp specialist is still your best bet to get to the root of the problem. 

If you have tried anti-dandruff shampoos for some time and your symptoms haven’t improved, you should consider visiting a scalp specialist. Suppose your dandruff is severe, causing redness, itchiness, and swelling. In that case, it’s best to consult a professional to determine the best course of action or diagnose an underlying medical condition, such as eczema or psoriasis.

Looking for dandruff and scalp exfoliating treatment in Singapore?

At TrichoLab, our doctors are ready to help you solve your dandruff issues and regain your confidence. We offer two dandruff treatments.

1. Scalp exfoliating treatment

If you have mild dandruff and wish to maintain a healthy scalp, consider the scalp exfoliating treatment. This treatment involves using papaya enzymes to gently remove dandruff from the scalp while centella asiatica and green tea extracts work together to balance oil levels.

2. Scalp revival treatment

This anti-dandruff treatment is ideal if you require something more intense. This treatment not only eliminates dandruff but also helps with a dry scalp. We utilise medical-grade salicylic acid to eliminate dandruff and residue on your scalp, preparing it to readily absorb the nourishing properties of the customised nano mist essence. The result is a fresher and cleaner scalp.

While dandruff is not a life-threatening condition, it can cause embarrassment that hinders your confidence. Over-the-counter medication may work to a certain extent, but seeing a scalp specialist is advisable if the issue doesn’t go away. 

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