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Dry Scalp Vs. Dandruff: What Is The Difference?

OVERVIEW: If you have a dry, flaking scalp, you may suspect dandruff. But it could be a sign of dry scalp. Dandruff and dry scalp have the same main symptoms, which are falling flakes and an itchy scalp, but they are two different conditions. 



Dry Scalp: 

  1. Smaller, Dry Flakes
  2. Itchy Scalp
  3. Dry skin on other parts of the body

You get dry scalp when your skin has too little moisture. The skin on your scalp becomes irritated and flakes off. If your scalp is dry, the skin on other parts of your body, like your arms and legs, could be dry, too. 

Dry scalp can also be triggered by factors like these:

  1. old, dry air
  2. Contact dermatitus caused by a reaction to products you apply to your scalp, like Shampoo, Styling Gel, and Hairspray 
  3. Older age

    I would suggest using Tea Tree Special Shampoo+Conditioner. This will help put some moisture back into your hair.


  1. Oily, Large flakes that are yellow or white
  2. Itchy Scalp
  3. Oily, Red, Scaly skin

The main cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that turns the skin oily, red, and scaly. The white or yellow scales flake off, creating dandruff. You can get seborrheic dermatitis anywhere you have oil glands, including your eyebrows, groin, armpits, and along the sides of your nose. In babies it’s called cradle cap.

Often, a fungus called malassezia triggers dandruff. This fungus normally lives on your scalp. Yet some people have too much of it, and it causes skin cells to multiply more quickly than usual. 

Certain factors can cause malassezia to multiply, including:

  1. Age
  2. Hormones
  3. Stress

Try Kenra Dandruff Shampoo, which can also be used for dry scalp if it is a mild case.