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.
Shower after exercise
If you're prone to dandruff, it's important to shower shortly after you exercise. Excess sweat allows more oil and dead skin to build up and can exacerbate your symptoms. Krant points out that dandruff can exist anywhere on the body where with sebaceous (oil) glands and hair-bearing skin, so if you're itchy or flaky, grab a shower as soon as you're done working out.
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