Dandruff vs Dry Scalp: Know the Difference

Scalp problems can be unsightly and unpleasant. If you notice that your scalp is sore, red, flaky, and itchy, you may be dealing with scalp conditions such as dandruff or dry scalp.

Although they may look similar, they are actually quite different. Here is a comparison between dandruff and dry scalp:


“Dandruff is a mild form of a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis that affects only the scalp,” explains Dr. Iris Rubin, MD, dermatologist and founder of SEEN Hair Care. “Dandruff usually has no visible inflammation. (More advanced seborrheic dermatitis can cause redness and flaking that spreads to the ears and face.)”

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