Types of Dandruff
When you think of dandruff, you will think of a flaky scalp and dry skin on the scalp. This is the most common type of dandruff but there are other types.
- Oily skin related dandruff - This is caused by the natural oil, known as sebum, which helps to moisturise the hair and skin overproducing. As a result, it mixes with dirt and dead skin cells to form dandruff. These patches are yellow and will also include an itchy scalp, and greasy-feeling hair.
- Fungal dandruff - This is a type of dandruff that is caused by a fungal infection known as Malassezia globosa which spreads if your scalp is oily or has a pH imbalance. Like any fungal infection, it is contagious. Malassezia globosa causes skin cells to be produced quicker, causing dandruff.
- Dandruff caused by products - Using certain types of hair products, in particular, several in conjunction, can cause dandruff by building up dead skin cells and oils. This can also cause hair loss.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis - Seborrheic Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that can develop on where there is more sebaceous glands, the glands that produce the oil sebum. The main cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis is said to be a yeast infection on the skin caused by hormonal changes or even stress.