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Myth 1: Dandruff comes from having a dry scalp.

Did you know when you have an oily scalp, it is more likely to get dandruff? Malassezia loves the oil your skin produces and thrive when there’s more of it. On top of that, a oily skin can cause sebborrheic dermatitis, a skin disease that comes together flakes.

Myth 2: “Bad hygiene causes Dandruff”

Regular shampooing can help keep dandruff under control, this does not mean the condition stems from a lack of hygiene. Even the most diligent hair washers can find themselves suffering from it. Dandruff can be caused by various personal components, which include a characteristic overproduction of hair oil or an excess of parasitic microorganisms that live normally on our scalps.

Myth 3: All flakes are a sign of dandruff.

Seborrheic dermatitis is another condition that can cause dandruff and flaking of the scalp. SD usually appears as “thick, sticky, yellow-colored flakes.” It can also be itchy and inflammatory. SD is not just limited to the scalp, it can occur in brows, beard, ears, chest, and other skin folds.

Another common dandruff-like issue is scalp psoriasis, but this one looks a little different. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, and causes a build-up of dark plaques. Contrary to dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis is often not itchy. Typically if you have psoriasis on the scalp, you’ll also see patches on your elbows and knees.

Myth 4: You don’t need to exfoliate your scalp.

By gently exfoliating the scalp once to twice a week, you accelerate recovery from a dandruff flare-up and can also help prevent them. A high qulaity exfoliant like OMIT Head Scrub gently lifts away flakes and returns the rate of skin cell turnover on the scalp to a normal, healthy level.

Myth 5: Dandruff does not affect hair growth.

Research and studies have shown that a flaky scalp can cause or even worsen hair fall. If your scalp is in bad shape it can adversely effect hair growth. Thick, scaly patches can also attach to the hair follicles causing fallout.

Always remember: a healthy scalp equals healthy hair.