By: Joe Swails

What is dandruff?
Dandruff (also called scurf) is a scalp disorder which can vary in severity. It is basically flaky dead skin which collects in the hair. It tends to affect men more than women.

The main symptom of dandruff is excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. For most people with this condition, the symptoms are mild. However, in severe cases some people can experience an unusually large amount of flaking. This can also be accompanied by irritation and redness.

Our skin cells are constantly renewing themselves, and so it is completely normal for skin on the scalp to die and flake off, but dandruff can also be caused by certain triggers such as frequent exposure to extreme cold or heat.

Effect on your life
You may suffer from a lack of confidence or low self-esteem as a result of having dandruff. You may also feel unable or reluctant to wear dark clothing – like a black suit jacket, dress or shirt – in case your dandruff becomes obvious to others.

Most cases of dandruff can be easily and effectively treated with specialised shampoos. If these are not effective, arrange an appointment with your GP. He or she may prescribe a steroid lotion to decrease the redness, itching or scaling, and also make sure that your condition is dandruff, and not another skin problem such as psoriasis.

How Chemist Online can help
We have a range of products available that can help you relieve the symptoms of dandruff such as Alpecin Shampoo Double Effect and Head & Shoulders Shampoo – Citrus Fresh.


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