If your flaky scalp is due to dandruff, here are some of the best, research-supported products and ingredients for treating it:

  • Zinc pyrithione: This is an antifungal topical medication which discourages bacteria. Venus Anti-dandruff shampoo contains this ingredient which is very effective in treating dandruff.
  • Coal tar: This is present in some shampoo preparations. It fights dandruff by slowing the rate at which the skin cells on your scalp die and flake off.
  • Selenium sulphide: It works in a fashion similar to coal tar in that it slows the rate of skin cell death and thus the accumulation of dead skin cells.
  • Salicylic acid: This exfoliating superstar aids in getting rid of the excess skin cells that, if they accumulate on the scalp, result in dandruff. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a great option for addressing flaky scalp from multiple causes.

Flakiness also can result from the use of highly fragranced hair-care products or products that contain irritating ingredients (such as mint, citrus, or eucalyptus). Fragrance (including from essential oils found in many hair-care products) and other irritants also can lead to an itchy scalp, which only encourages flaking.

Remember! Depression and anxiety may be linked to dandruff flare-ups. Even if you’re not depressed or anxious, chronic stress is never great for your skin, and dandruff is a skin problem. If you’ve noticed a link between your mood and your dandruff outbreaks, these steps may help.

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