Dandruff services offered in Mooresville, NC
If you’ve ever scratched your scalp only to see tiny flakes fall down before your eyes, those flakes are most likely dandruff. Board-certified dermatologist Blake Sanders, DO, FAAD, and his team provides patient-centered care at Sacred Heart Dermatology in Mooresville, North Carolina, to rid you of your dandruff and the inconvenience or embarrassment it causes. Find out more about dandruff treatments by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online today.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flaking skin. Any time you aggravate your scalp by scratching or even combing your hair, you can see the flakes fall out or collect on your hair. While dandruff isn’t contagious and doesn’t cause any other symptoms, you might want to get rid of it because of embarrassment or the inconveniences of grooming yourself.
As a dermatologist, Dr. Sanders specializes in treating skin conditions including conditions of the scalp. While dandruff can be challenging to treat, there are several evidence-based treatment options you can try.
Dr. Sanders diagnoses dandruff with a brief scalp examination in the office and develops your treatment plan with consideration of your overall health and medical history.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff often comes from a mild form of a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which mainly affects your scalp. It causes scaly patches of skin you may or may not be able to see depending on how much hair you have. You might also experience itching with dandruff. In infants, the same condition is called cradle cap.
There might be other factors contributing to your dandruff, such as:
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Scalp fungus
- Reactions to certain hair care products
While you can’t control all of these factors, the good news is that seborrheic dermatitis often resolves on its own. Still, professional treatment can improve the condition.
How can I get rid of dandruff?
Sacred Heart Dermatology treats dandruff using advanced practices and medications that help regulate your scalp. Dr. Sanders might also have suggestions for ways you can adjust your lifestyle to minimize your chances of the dandruff making a comeback.
You might be able to get rid of your dandruff by:
Using medicated shampoos
Choosing gentle shampoos and hair care products
Using a moisturizing conditioner on your scalp
Improving your diet
If you opt for one of many different kinds of medicated shampoos, Dr. Sanders offers insight on how often to use them and how to use them properly. Many of these shampoos can irritate your scalp if not used the right way, so it’s important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions.
Find out more about how you can control your dandruff by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online at Sacred Heart Dermatology today.