Dandruff and dry scalp can both cause flakes on your scalp, so what is the real difference between the two?
No one wants to have either condition, and constantly having to worry about depositing skin flakes on your hair, shoulders, and clothes can be embarrassing.
In this article, we will cover the difference between the two scalp conditions and what causes them.
Dandruff is a common scalp condition, that is not serious, contagious, or dangerous, but may be irritating or embarrassing.
The main symptoms of dandruff are a red, itchy scalp and large white or yellowish flakes that sometimes feel oily or scaly.
Often, dandruff is first discovered by seeing flakes of skin on hair, beard, clothes, or shoulders.
Certain people may be more susceptible to developing dandruff including:
Dry scalp is, well, just what it sounds like - dry skin on your scalp.
Dry scalp can also cause irritation and scalp itchiness, and deposit little white flakes in your hair or on your clothes.
If the dry skin flakes are caused by dry skin, however, the flakes will likely be much smaller and whiter in color than dandruff flakes.
Also, the flakes and scalp tend to feel dry, not oily like with dandruff.
A sign that you may have a dry scalp and not dandruff is if you have constantly dry skin on other parts of your body.
Dry scalp may also be more common in the older population.
Dandruff may be caused by:
Dry scalp may be caused by:
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