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Destroy dandruff with one doc's tips



Why do I have dandruff, and how can I get rid of it?
 
Snow? Oh, no! Most people think dandruff is caused by dry skin, but here’s the real deal: All of us have a harmless little fungus living on our scalps, explains dermatologist Dr. Hilary Baldwin. Sometimes, this fungus can cause our scalps to shed skin cells too quickly. These cells are really sticky and form tiny globs of skin called dandruff. While these white flakes won’t hurt you, dandruff can be embarrassing, especially when you’re wearing a dark-colored shirt!
 
Luckily, it is easy to control with anti-dandruff shampoos. They keep that little fungus at bay, making your scalp less flaky. Look for dandruff shampoos that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, sulfur or selenium. After diligently lathering up for a week, you should have a flake-free head—and shoulders. If the flakes come back, you should probably use a dandruff shampoo on a more regular basis.
 

BY GL ON 10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM