Generally speaking, the human body is a marvel of symbiotic harmony, with microorganisms thriving in our guts and mouths, and living on our skin without us even noticing. Occasionally though, things go awry, resulting in unpleasant reactions like the sinister-sounding seborrheic dermatitis, more commonly known as dandruff. The itchy, flaky scalp condition is caused by the body's reaction to a naturally occurring species of yeast called Malassezia and, while not life-threatening, no one wants it. Luckily, it's easy to treat and Dr. Jessica Krant, founder of Art of Dermatology, has some tips to keep your head and shoulders clear.
Know the symptoms
Flakes of dead skin on the shoulders are a dead giveaway for dandruff, but you can pick up on other signs even if you don't wear black. Redness, itchiness and pimples are inflammatory responses and may be signs of the condition. And it's not just the scalp that can be affected. Dr. Krant says that the ears, tips of the eyebrows, sides of the nose, beard area, and mid chest can all be hotspots.
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