What Is Dandruff?


Dandruff is a fairly common condition that affects up to half the world’s population. Although its symptoms can leave even the best of us feeling unconfident and anxious, understanding what dandruff is and what causes it can be the first step to eliminating it.

Dandruff is a skin condition that affects your scalp and hair causing gray or white colored flakes to appear. These flakes are actually your scalp’s old skin cells, shedding at a rate much higher than usual.
A healthy scalp regularly sheds dead skin and makes new cells to replace them in a continuous cycle that takes about a month. When this process speeds up, your scalp begins to produce an excess amount of dead skin, which leads to visible flakes.

What causes dandruff?

A number of factors, such as oily skin, emotional stress or even a change in seasons can exacerbate dandruff, but there’s still some debate surrounding its exact cause. The researchers behind CLEARTM have suggested that a weakened scalp barrier – meaning the scalp has less moisture and weaker protection – as well as the presence of a microbe called Malassezia can lead to the occurrence of dandruff.

Malassezia is a fungus that grows in oil rich areas such as the chest, face, upper back and scalp. The exact role malassezia plays in dandruff is still not entirely clear. However, scalp with dandruff does tend to have a higher presence of Malassezia. It is believed that a compromised scalp barrier allows irritants produced by Malassezia to penetrate the scalp and further aggravate dandruff. For most people, removing Malassezia decreases the symptoms of dandruff.

How do you get rid of dandruff?

Regularly washing your hair and scalp with a good anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner helps eliminate signs of dandruff. It’s important to massage the product into the scalp in order for the active ingredient to work at the source of the problem, the fungus on the scalp.  It also restores moisture in the scalp and regain a healthy scalp barrier.

An anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner like CLEARTM Complete Scalp Care is infused with a blend of 10 vitamins and nutrients and revives the scalp and hair. When used regularly, it nourishes and repairs the scalp’s natural protection barrier and leaves your hair soft, healthy and free of visible flakes.

Now that you know what dandruff is and how it’s caused, there’s no need to put up with it any longer. Help rid yourself of dandruff with CLEARTM Complete Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner to feel refreshed and confident every day.