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Is dandruff hormonal?

Can hormones cause dandruff? They do play a role in that they start the production of oils, which is a trigger that can cause dandruff. It’s why many people experience it for the first time during puberty.


One of the key ingredients needed for you to experience dandruff is sebum – it’s an oil your body produces on your scalp, as well as the face and chest. Its production is controlled by hormones.

Dandruff is caused as that sebum is broken down into irritants like oleic acid by a naturally occurring microbe, Malassezia globosa.

If your scalp is sensitive to oleic acid, it can become irritated and your scalp’s skin cells may start to flake off as dandruff.

More about the cause of dandruff

So the hormones controlling your sebaceous glands are crucial to causing dandruff, providing the key ingredient needed to create the scalp irritant, oleic acid.

But hormones aren’t the only factor. You also need to be sensitive to oleic acid. Around 50% of the population is, so there’s a 1 in 2 chance you’ll suffer from dandruff at some point in your life.

Find your perfect anti-dandruff shampoo

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If you’re sensitive to oleic acid, you can treat your scalp and hair with our Classic Clean 2-in-1.

We have a range of shampoos with different versions suited for all hair types, so you’ll find one that’s right for you. Frequent use will leave your hair clean, looking great and 100% dandruff-free*.

Young people and dandruff

Dandruff and puberty

* Visible flakes with regular use

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