Finding the Answer to the Question “Why Do I Have So Much Dandruff?”

Dandruff is considered as a harmless problem, but it brings about itchy and uncomfortable feeling as well as other embarrassing situations. I feel unconfident because the dandruff is falling on my clothes when appearing in public. It makes me wonder “Why do I have so much dandruff?” while others never suffer from this problem. I desire to get rid of the chronic skin problem quickly. Therefore, I started searching for information on many reliable websites and finally found out some reasons. In this article, I will reveal those reasons to deal with the dandruff problem.

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is one of common skin conditions, which affects your scalp, ears, eyebrows or even your beard. Dandruff appears as white or pink flakes on your scalp or even other skin areas of the body. It is easy to see dandruff on your hair, your shoulders or chest if you are in dark clothing. Dandruff is not transmitted via contact and not a severe health problem. However, it causes embarrassment including itchiness and uncomfortable feeling. Mainly, after some dandruff treatments, this skin condition can reoccur anytime. Dandruff appears commonly during adolescence.

Why Do I Have So Much Dandruff?

Statistics show that there are around 50 million Americans who are suffering from dandruff every day. So, the question I should ask myself is “Why do I have so much dandruff?” while the rest have never had to experience this problem? This issue is the head-aching question for me. While there are various contributors to the appearance of dandruff, I only share the most common causes of the skin problem I found as follows.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

It is considered as the most common cause of dandruff. Seborrheic Dermatitis makes your scalp oily and irritated. As a result, dandruff easily appears. As mentioned above, the appearance and development of dandruff have bad influences on other skin parts such as eyebrows or ears. In skin parts affected by dandruff, your skin becomes greasy. A lot of flaky scales in yellow or white will appear. There is a correlation between Seborrheic dermatitis and Malassezia, a kind of fungus living on your scalp and develop on sebum. From the hair follicles, the excessive production of sebum leads to the accumulation of Malassezia on our scalp, which results in the formation of dandruff.


According to some studies, those who are sensitive to yeast are more likely to suffer from dandruff because yeast stimulates the production of dandruff. Winter is considered the suitable time for the development of fungus, so I and those like me will have the higher possibility of getting dandruff. Warm water; in contrast, will significantly inhibit the risk of dandruff. The primary cause for this is yeast cannot develop under the impacts of ultraviolet-A (the sunlight). In addition, yeast is one of the leading causes of other common health problems in women. I have a physician-diagnosed yeast infection, so I can answer myself the question “Why do I have so much dandruff?”.

Do not wash hair regularly

Do not wash hair regularly or “no-poo” is also another answer to the question “Why do I have so much dandruff?”. As mentioned above, the excessive accumulation of oil or sweat is the good environment for the growth of kinds of fungus that makes our scalp itchy and scaly. Especially, for those with oily scalp, shampooing 3-5 times a week is suitable for them. Shampooing helps to remove dead skin cells, sweat, sebum on our scalp, which can inhibit the growth of fungus on the scalp effectively. Therefore, washing hair from 2-3 times a week is the simple way to reduce and control the growth of dandruff.


Stress is the natural mechanism of the body to face to face with danger or difficulties. It stimulates the releasing hormones or chemicals of our body, causing a strong response to danger or difficulties.  However, when stress is out of control, it becomes a health problem. So, why? Stress results in various changes in our body such as insomnia or rapid breathing. According to some scientists, when the body releases glucocorticoid- the result of stress to help the body calm down, it also has a bad influence on skin cells on our scalp including stimulating the development of Malassezia which then causes dandruff.

Dry Skin

According to hair specialists, too much oil is known as the major contributor to the growth of dandruff, but dry skin is also responsible for this condition. Cold air in winter combined with high temperature is a major cause of itchy and flaking skin. Therefore, in cold days or high temperature, you can see a lot of small white or pink flakes falling from our hair. There are many causes of dry skin including Eczema, daily diets or shampooing too much, etc. I am a person who has dry skin, so that is the reason why “Why do I have so much dandruff?”.

How To Treat And Prevent Dandruff

Dandruff is chronic. Although you cannot avoid it in your life, you are more likely to control this skin condition. While there are numerous methods used for dandruff treatment, I recommend you should combine some of them for the best results. Here are my solutions:

Anti-dandruff Shampoo

This is the simplest and most common solutions to prevent dandruff. You should pick up reliable brands suitable for your skin to limit the growth of dandruff.

Natural Essentials Oils

Tea tree oil, lemongrass essential oil, or cinnamon leaf and thyme oils are the best methods for clearing dandruff and the healthy hair. You can use these essential oils to massage your hair about 15-20 minutes before shampooing. Repeat this 2-3 times a week for the better outcome.

Home remedies for dandruff removal

Garlic, lemon, lemongrass or baking soda are common things in your kitchen.  They are also the beneficial ingredients to help you get away from dandruff effectively. You just apply a simple mixture of garlic and lemon juice with a spoon of baking soda. You can add more water and then massage your hair with this. Apply the combination for 20 minutes before shampooing. You should repeat this 2-3 times weekly for the best results.

Proper diets

The right foods significantly contribute to healthy hair. Saturated fats should be limited in your daily diets because they make our skin to release more oil, which is the major cause for the production of dandruff. In addition, the deficiency of zinc and B vitamins is also a common contributor to dandruff. So, your diets should be supplemented with foods rich in zinc and B vitamins such as rice, kale or cauliflower.


There are various answers to my question “Why do I have so much dandruff?”. The causes of dandruff and the suggested simple tips on dandruff removal mentioned above are primarily for informative purposes, I share my experience in this post and hope that you can pick up the appropriate solutions for healthy hair.

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