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How To Get Rid of Dandruff Seborrheic Dermatitis with Sandra Lee
So what exactly is dandruff? and how do you get rid of those annoying, embarrassing flakes? Hi guys, it’s Sandra Lee here! You guys also know me as Pimple Popper. Well, I get a lot of questions about Dandruff on my channel. People want to know exactly what it is and how to treat it. A lot of us know what it is because a lot of us live with it. But, actually a lot of us think we know what it is and we might not actually have it. As a Dermatologist I try to reassure my patients who come in complaining of Dandruff that this.
Is something that’s very normal, it’s extremely common. it’s not life threatening, and it’s something that can be controlled. That can be treated with the right tips. So let’s talk a little bit about Dandruff. Let’s talk about what it is, who gets it, why we get it and how to treat it. What is Dandruff? The medical term for Dandruff is Seborrheic Dermatitis.
And this when you get a kind of greasy, scaly, flaky, itchiness of the skin. Dandruff occurs in areas where there is hair. Because on a hair follicle there is an oil gland attached. What this Sebaceous Glands do is they secrete oil to lubricate the skin, and they kind of escape from under the skin through our hair follicles. That’s why we see it very commonly on the scalp, but we see in a lot of hair bearing areas. We’ll see it in the eyebrows,.
And kind of around these. these are called the nasolabial folds. and what we’ll see is a little bit of redness, some scaly kind of greasy, flaky scale and it can be itchy. We also see it in men if they have a lot of hair around the chest. They can have some of this Seborrheic Dermatitis there as well. And that is all Dandruff! Who gets Dandruff? Dandruff can occur in all ethnicities, in all ages, but I’d say we probably see an increase.
In dandruff in people who are going through puberty. they have more hormones going through their system, they have more oil production and this is usually what is associated with Dandruff. Many of you guys might know that babies can get Seborrheic Dermatitis, they get Dandruff. It’s in the form of Cradle Cap, where you get this thick scale on your scalp. Cradle Cap is a really common condition in babies, it is not life threatening and it usually clears up without seeing a ,.
But there are prescription medications if you have a tough case. Dandruff is a very chronic condition. It is something that comes and goes. It is not something that we can treat. There’s no magic pill, or magic cream that I can give you that can make it go away and have it never come back. We know what Dandruff looks like, but we don’t know exactly what causes it. There’s a lot of theories that we have.
We think that maybe it has to do with a fungus that lives in our skin. This fungus is called Malassezia. And we think that people that are more sensitive to it can get more flakiness, more of this greasy, flaky, kind of scale. Genetics plays a role and it has a lot to do with whether we have parents who have really oily skin or have really dry skin. Whether they are really hairy or not very hairy at all, all these sorts.
Of things come into play. so, certainly genetics can play a role in how much dandruff you might get. Even your environment can affect your level of Dandruff. If you live in a really humid environment, if you live in a really dry environment, these things can actually factor into how bad your Dandruff is. Because we think that Dandruff is caused by a yeast or a fungus, there are many over the counter medicated shampoos that really specifically.