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Take control of a flaky situation with these simple strategies.
By Alexis Farah
Medically Reviewed by Bhargavi Patham, MD, PhD
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For some reason, our scalps never seem to get the attention they deserve until something goes wrong. Take dandruff, for example — which is caused by an overgrowth of yeast — and the itching and flaking associated with it. As soon as those symptoms appear, that's all we can think about. In fact, according to a recent survey by the British Skin Foundation in conjunction with dandruff shampoo maker Head &Shoulders,athirdofpeopleavoidsocialsituationsduetouncontrolleddandruff.
Youprobablyknowhowmuchgoodamassagecandoforyourbody; your scalp can benefit from the same kind of TLC if it's plagued with dandruff.
Apply natural oils like coconut, almond, or jojoba with a dropper or hair color applicator directly to the scalp and lightly massage the oils into your head, says Mancuso. The soothing treatment will help break up flakes and soothe your scalp. Just be sure not to scratch your head or rub too hard.
Get a Blood Test
In some cases, dandruff could be the sign of an underlying issue like a vitamin deficiency or problem with the immune system, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dandruff-like flaking can also be related to scalp psoriasis.
"If the condition doesn't resolve or worsens, see a trichologist or a dermatologist for a clear diagnosis of the condition," says Mancuso. Having a doctor check your blood for abnormalities can help you figure out what's causing the dandruff in the first place.
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