A Derm’s Guide To Getting Rid Of Dandruff For Good
To drill down on how, we talked to
Melanie Palm, M.D., a San Diego-area dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. First, she helped us clarify the difference between dandruff and dry scalp: “Dandruff is the common name for seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory scalp condition in which an abnormal growth of yeast on the skin surface is present,” she says. “It’s characterized by skin flaking and some degree of scalp irritation, whereas dry scalp may feel tight or itchy but really shouldn’t flake — it simply needs moisture from products like masks or conditioning treatments.”