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See your fair share of products that are flaking off in the world promises to get rid of dandruff? After you push through bottle after bottle of shampoo with no result, you might even wonder if anything prevents the embarrassing white splash from appearing on your scalp, shoulders, and anywhere else.
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Here's the deal: Seborrheic dermatitis, the medical term for dandruff, is caused by a yeast that settles on your scalp, before you freak out – everyone has it, but if too much yeast is present, it does Irritation and inflammation and finally chipping off dead skin cells – that's the dandruff.
It may seem hopeless, but according to Angela Lamb, M.D., a lecturer in dermatology at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, there are shampoos that can help. "You need something that can treat the underlying cause – key ingredients are ketozonazole and salicylic acid – and something that contains tea tree oil that has a calming effect," says Lamb.
Below, lamb and other dermatologists make recommendations to help you fight the flakes. (Before foaming, you can also spray your scalp with vinegar to kill the microbes that cause the flakes.)
Dove Men + Care Dandruff Defense Shampoo and Conditioner
active ingredient: Zinc Pyrithione
Dr. Terrence Keaney, a dermatologist and skin care expert for men based in Arlington, Virginia, explains that the scalp produces so much oil that it can overgrow and the yeast that lives on it produces flakes. Therefore, he recommends a shampoo with a zinc pyrithione ingredient as in this Dove Men + Care bottle. This shampoo is specially formulated for men to relieve irritation, improve scalp health and keep hair free of flakes when used regularly. $ 4:
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