Dandruff is a dry scaly outbreak occurring on the scalp. It may also rarely occur on thick greasy scalps. Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp at an excessive rate. It is thought to affect as many as 60% of us to some degree. This condition is unsightly, but has little effect on the health of the sufferer. Although if you have dandruff to a great extent, you may develop skin disorders including acne and rosacea. People with dandruff may react more harshly than average to contact with certain chemicals and may develop sensitivitiy states. Dandruff sufferers may be more prone to bacterial infection on the skin.

This condition can be worsened by: excessive use of hair sprays and gels, improper use of hair-coloring products or excessive use of electric hair curlers, cold weather and dry indoor heating, tight-fitting hats and scarves, infrequent shampooing of the hair or improper rinsing, and stress, anxiety and tension.

Dandruff can occur at any age. It is seasonal and is most severe during the winter and the most mild during the summer.

There are many substances available on the market that are created to help relieve this condition. Pharmacists at Trumm Drug often recommend products containing selenium sulfide or coal tar.

When redness or greasy scaling of the face, eyebrows and eyelashes accompany scaling of the scalp, a person most likely has something other than dandruff and a physician should be contacted about this condition.