Understanding Dandruff: What is it and how to treat it
28 February 2020
At one time or another, most of us will have experienced some degree of dandruff. A common misconception is that dandruff is caused by a ‘dry scalp’, in fact, it is usually found on oily scalps! As a result, people experiencing dandruff often aren’t shampooing frequently enough, if you are experiencing a flaky, itchy scalp you should actually shampoo more often – ideally every day.
Dandruff can be caused by several things and often comes and goes, flaring up when you’re under stress or even due to changing temperatures; like rushing from the brisk outdoors to the cosy warmth of a heated house.
If you are experiencing dandruff it’s worthwhile taking a quick look at your diet, if it’s rich in fatty, salty or sugary foods these may be contributing. Sadly cheese, white wine and champagne can also be triggers!
The term ‘dandruff’ is used to describe scalp flaking but there are various degrees of severity ranging from loose or tight flakes on the scalp to more severe conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis. Mild or moderate dandruff can often be easily treated by an over-the-counter shampoo such as Philip Kingsley’s Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo.
This special formulated antidandruff shampoo works to soothe and clear the scalp of build-up and flakes; in an independent consumer study, 99% agreed it cleared their flaky, itchy scalp. Containing antifungal Piroctone Olamine it helps to relieve flaking and itching whilst restoring the scalp’s microflora balance.
Originally created for Oscar-winning actor Sir Laurence Olivier you can trust the effective yet gentle cleansing of this award-winning and colour safe shampoo. Used alongside their Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner, a water-based toner which utilises Piroctone Olamine to offer immediate relief, you can keep your scalp refreshed after every wash and even use it on the go to give respite from that nagging discomfort.
If you’re experiencing quite a large build of up flakes it may require a targeted treatment alongside your anti-dandruff shampoo and toner. Philip Kingsley’s Flaky/Itchy Scalp Mask has been formulated with anti-fungal Piroctone Olamine, exfoliating Salicylic Acid and antioxidant-rich Green Tea Extract, to calm whilst tackling the root causes of dandruff to keep flakes at bay. For the ultimate hair and scalp pamper use it alongside Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, the cult hero beloved by celebrities and beauty insiders, which restores your hair’ elasticity, bounce and shine for beautiful healthy locks and a perfectly soothed and cleared scalp.
A very severe build-up of flakes may need to be treated with stronger prescription products, as it can cause severe discomfort and may eventually lead to some hair loss. If you are concerned or an over-the-counter treatment isn’t working, we would advise seeking Trichological advice.