Winter comes and with it the annoying scratching and so we start to wonder: do I have dandruff or my scalp is dry? Well today I will explain the differences between the two and share a great recipe for you.
Our scalp has micro scales that falls regularly, but that can go unnoticed when our scalp is healthy. Dandruff happens when there’s inflammation followed by itching, and those larger flakes that begin to fall. Three things can cause dandruff:
1. Fungi: your scalp has fungi that ingest the healthy oil from the scalp and release a substance called oleic acid that is potentially irritating;
2. You’re sensitive to oleic acid: some people are more sensitive than others and can develop dandruff while others do not;
3. Oily Scalp: When your scalp produces excessively sebum.
What happens is that the scalp becomes irritated and begins to itch, our body reacts by creating new cells and pushing the irritated ones out, falling off in the form those visible flakes in our clothes.
Like the skin on our arms and legs, the scalp may simply be dry, which can be less frequent than our skin, as our scalp produces a natural sebum to stay hydrated and protected. Even so, the scalp may indeed get dry.