What is Skin Dandruff?

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Skin dandruff occurs when dead skin cells fall off of skin due to specific situations. While it is common for dead skin cells to fall off of skin, some people are more affected by this condition than others. Contrary to popular belief, skin dandruff is not caused by excessive shampooing or heat. Instead, dandruff is caused by a number of different things that tend to impact each person differently.

Some things that may cause skin dandruff include food allergies, harsh shampoos, stress, and extremely oily skin. While some people avoid shampooing hair in order to lessen the chance of dry scalp skin, this is not a recommended course of action. Instead, making sure the scalp is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis is the best way to combat scalp dandruff.

Many dermatology professionals believe that a person's diet can directly impact skin dandruff. People who consume a large amount of processed foods laden with salt and sugar may experience an intense amount of dandruff. Therefore, it is often suggested that people who do not follow a healthy diet adhere to a diet high in essential oils, vegetables, and healthy forms of protein. In addition, people who suffer from skin dandruff should attempt to drink a large amount of water on a regular basis. By keeping the skin hydrated, dry skin is less likely to occur.


Various types of essential oils may also help to relieve the itchiness and dryness caused by skin dandruff. By adding such oils as lavender, sandalwood, and chamomile to everyday lotion, the effects of dry skin may lessen. Essential oils may also be added to bath water in order to hydrate skin.

While often disregarded, the type of water that is used for bathing or showering may also impact dry skin. Many different cities around the world treat public water with various chemicals in order to rid water supplies of bacteria. These chemicals may cause the skin to dry, which can lead to skin dandruff. The best way to combat chemically treated water is to avoid showering more than once per day. Excessive showering or bathing can lead to dry skin problems.

Anyone experiencing skin dandruff should stay away from lotions that contain alcohol or fragrance. These two ingredients can have an instant drying effect on skin. Selecting body lotions that contain all-natural ingredients is the best way to avoid dry and itchy skin. If dry and itchy skin persists after changing one's diet, using essential oils, limiting shower time, and avoiding any chemically laden lotions, then it is best to seek the help of a professional dermatologist.


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Yes, animals can have dandruff. Dandruff is fairly common and occurs in many different pets. There are a few things that you can do to prevent and control your pet’s dandruff. One important thing is to keep your pet well-groomed. Dandruff is a sign of flaky skin and keeping your pet bathed regularly can prevent dandruff from building up. Baby shampoos are really good to use for animal dandruff.

If the baby shampoo doesn’t work, you can purchase pet dandruff shampoo. Make sure that they have salicylic acid and sulfur in it. Try to avoid shampoos with insecticides, such as flea shampoo.

You also need to use moisturizers for your pet. Dry skin dandruff can be prevented and treated.

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