Surprising Causes to Dandruff You Never Think Of

Causes of dandruff

Dandruff not only makes people feel uncomfortable with the itchiness, but also takes away their confidence owing to the flakes. This leads to the fact that many people want to get rid of it. How to treat dandruff depends mostly on what causes this condition. Read this article below, and you will be surprised at those unexpected causes of dandruff

1. Seborrheic Dermatitis 

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common skin condition. Mainly, it will have some impacts on your scalp. People suffering from Seborrheic Dermatitis are more likely to have dandruff than others who do not. Greasy red skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales is the clearest sign to identify this condition. 

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This condition is rigidly related to malassezia, which is a fungus usually parasitizing on oily skin. Normally, this type of yeast does not cause any problems to our skin. However, for some people, malassezia is overactive. This causes the scalp to irritate and produce extra skin cells. 

This type of fungus feeds on the oils called sebum which is secreted by our hair follicles. Within this process, malassezia produces omega-9 fatty acids which are most often referred to as oleic acids. These fatty acids are varieties of carboxylic acid and can lead to irritation. When the scalp is annoyed, it will manage to get rid of whatever is causing the irritation by producing more skin cells. In addition, this annoyance causes the scalp to increase its rate of renewing skin cells. When these excess skin cells are dead and flaked away, they mix with the oil from the hair and scalp. Eventually, dandruff is formed.

Seborrheic Dermatitis makes your scalp irritated

According to some studies, dandruff condition is often worse in winter and better in summer. This is because the UVA rays from the sun, especially in the summer, may help us destroy those yeast. This leads to the result that dandruff is less likely to occur on summer days.

2. Wrong hair care routine

In order to keep your hair healthy, proper and frequent care is a must. Otherwise, the accumulation of oil and cells on your scalp is the cause to dandruff. This is owing to the fact that the accumulation of oil can be an advantageous condition for malassezia to grow. 

Yes, a hair care routine is needed for the process of having healthy and shiny hair. The vital thing which you need to remember is to take care of your hair in appropriate and proper methods. Many people suppose that washing the hair as much as possible is good for it, which is a misconception. In fact, too frequent shampooing can make your scalp irritated. 

In addition, for people who are suffering from dandruff, scratching your hair while shampooing is not recommended. Irritation from dandruff causes itchiness, but scratching can make the dandruff condition worse. Therefore, you need to resist the urge to scratch your scalp while shampooing.  

Shampooing too frequently can make your scalp irritated  

Whichever hair care products you choose are likely to be one of the causes of dandruff. One product can be useful to a group of people, but not to others. Therefore, you have to consider whether those hair care products such as shampoo, conditioner, etc. are perfect for you by self-observation. If you find your scalp irritated when using any product, you should get rid of it immediately. Moreover, putting too many products onto your hair can irritate the scalp, which leads to more itchiness. Therefore, you should selectively choose those products which are needed for your basic hair care routine only.  

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3. Other causes of dandruff

Firstly, age is one of those unexpected causes of dandruff. Usually, dandruff first occurs when a person is in his or her teenage years and lasts until middle-age. However, this does not infer that the elders do not have to suffer from dandruff. There are still few cases in which people have to experience dandruff from their young-age to old-age. 

Secondly, gender is another astonishing element which causes dandruff. According to some researches, males are more likely to undergo dandruff than females. The reason is believed to be hormonal related, especially, with the androgens (male hormones).

Thirdly, your daily eating routine may play a role in causing dandruff. Experts have already proved that if you do not eat enough foods containing zinc, fats and B vitamins, you will be prone to have dandruff. Moreover, for those who have already had dandruff, certain foods should be put away from your daily meal. For example, saturated and trans fats in some diets cause the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil, which makes the condition worse.

alt: Eating routine plays a role in causing dandruff

Last but not least, stress is one of the typical causes of all skin problems including dandruff. For people suffering dandruff, stress may aggravate the condition. What stress does to your body compromises your immune system, which helps malassezia thrive even stronger.    


Having strong and healthy hair without dandruff can bring us more confidence in communication. If you are suffering from this condition, you should create yourself a proper hair care routine right away. Do not let dandruff get in your way! 

If you have not known yet how to treat hair with dandruff, please click here to view some useful tips published by Ete Saigon.