Health Tip: Common Triggers for Dandruff

(HealthDay News) -- Dandruff is characterized by thin flakes on the scalp. While not a concerning health problem, it can be embarrassing.

The Mayo Clinic says possible causes include:

  • Dry skin.
  • Oily, greasy skin (seborrheic dermatitis).
  • Insufficient shampooing of the scalp.
  • Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, which may resemble dandruff.
  • A fungus called malassezia.
  • Contact dermatitis, caused by a sensitivity to certain skin and hair products.