Dandruff services offered in Near John C. Lincoln hospital , Phoenix, AZ

If a flaky scalp embarrasses you, help is within reach at Dermatology Associates. With two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, the board-certified dermatology team offers dandruff treatments to reduce flaking and restore the health and function of your scalp. Schedule an evaluation at Dermatology Associates by phone or use the online booking feature today.

Dandruff Q & A

What is dandruff?

Dandruff is a common skin condition that affects your scalp. It causes tiny pieces of dry skin to flake off. These flakes might be noticeable in your hair or on your shoulders. Dandruff can be embarrassing or cause discomfort and itching when not addressed. At the first sign of uncomfortable or unsightly dandruff, see your dermatologist for an evaluation. 

What are the symptoms of dandruff?

The hallmark symptoms of dandruff include:

  • Dry scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scaly or crusty scalp
  • Skin flakes on your hair, scalp, face, or shoulders

These or other symptoms may be more severe during high periods of stress or in dry, colder temperatures. 

What are the risk factors for dandruff?

While the cause of dandruff isn’t always clear, its common risk factors include:

  • Dry skin
  • Irritated, oily skin
  • Yeastlike fungus
  • Hair care product sensitivity
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Being a young or middle-aged adult
  • Being male
  • Parkinson's diseases
  • Other nervous system disorders
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Weakened immune system 

Infrequent shampooing might make dandruff more obvious. A common belief is that poor hygiene causes dandruff, but this isn’t the case. 

How is dandruff diagnosed?

Your Dermatology Associates specialist diagnoses dandruff after examining your scalp and hair. They review your medical history and ask about your lifestyle and preferences before tailoring a dandruff treatment that’s best suited to your needs.

How is dandruff treated?

Your personalized treatment plan depends on the severity of your dandruff. If it’s mild, you might use regular cleansing with a gentle shampoo. Doing so reduces oil and excess skin cell buildup. 

If dandruff persists, your provider may recommend trying medicated dandruff shampoo several times weekly and using regular shampoo the other days. If you have dry hair, you might need less frequent shampooing along with a moisturizing conditioner.

Additional dandruff treatment options include foams, sprays, gels, oils, and ointments. Finding a treatment that works best for you may involve trial and error or using more than one product. Follow up with your dermatologist to ensure your treatment is effective.

Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today to get treated for dandruff.