Are there different types of dandruff?
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There are two types of dandruff.
- There is "dry" dandruff
Unattractive but harmless, this type of dandruff causes very small (1 to 2 mm) fine, white or light gray flakes to cover the entire scalp (which is dry and dehydrated) giving it a "dusty" appearance. These flakes detach themselves easily and fall "like snow" onto the shoulders.
This condition is sometimes accompanied by itching and moderate redness.
- Then there is "oily" dandruff
Squamae are combined with hyperseborrhea and are joined to the sebum. The sebum is eroded by the malassezia, causing redness and itching.
Big, thick, yellowish flakes of dandruff cling to the scalp.