You may think flakes are the only sign of dandruff, but there are a few other symptoms that also point to dandruff, like itching and dryness.
Dandruff is caused by a naturally occurring microbe on the scalp called Malassezia globosa. This microbe breaks down scalp oils into substances that could potentially irritate the scalp.
While everyone has Malassezia globosa on their scalp, only about 50% of people have a scalp that’s bothered by its presence.
Many people think that flakes are the only sign of dandruff. However, there are key symptoms of dandruff that may appear before flakes.
Symptoms of dandruff before flakes
Itchiness is the most common symptom that precedes flakes. The itch sensation happens when receptors on the surface of your skin are triggered, by some irritant.
The nerves send a signal to the brain via your spinal cord, which then causes you to act (scratch).
Irritation from Malassezia globosa can cause a scalp to become so itchy that you’re compelled to scratch…because of this, itchy scalp is a good warning sign that you could be experiencing dandruff.
People may experience one or more symptoms of dandruff as well as dandruff flakes.
In fact, some people who are vulnerable to dandruff may not yet have visible flakes, but still suffer from other dandruff symptoms.
As with itching, these other dandruff symptoms are signs of skin damage on the scalp: dryness, tightness, redness and irritation.
If you experience the early signs of dandruff, you can treat it before you start to see flakes.
The right anti-dandruff shampoo needs to treat:
- the symptoms of dandruff – including dryness, redness and irritation
- the root cause
Our Classic Clean Shampoo is ideal for treating dandruff as well as the symptoms that come with it.
It keeps your hair up to 100% flake free1 while fighting against dryness, irritation, itchiness and redness.
It leaves your scalp feeling comfortable and moisturized and makes your hair soft and beautiful.
If you’re suffering from a particularly dry scalp, our Dry Scalp Shampoo with Almond Oil is the perfect remedy.
It works with your body to fight dandruff and help restore your scalp's natural moisture balance.
Get more tips and advice from the experts on symptoms of dandruff.