How to get rid of dandruff

We asked the experts at Philip Kingsley what is dandruff and how to get rid of it.

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Many brides suffer from dandruff in the run-up to their wedding, partly due to the planning stress.


So we asked Anabel Kingsley, hair care expert and Trichologist at Philip Kingsley, to share her top tips to get rid of it and have a healthy scalp and glossy hair for the big day.

Why does dandruff occur?
Natural skin secretions, such as sweat and sebum, usually protect the scalp and prevent microorganisms from overgrowing. However, metabolic shifts, such as hormonal changes, can disrupt these skin secretions and cause an imbalance of scalp flora. This in turn can lead to excessive shedding of skin cells on the scalp (i.e. dandruff flakes).


When does it occur?
Dandruff is more likely to flare up during periods of stress and when the body undergoes hormonal changes. Eating too many sugary or spicy foods, full fat dairy products and white wine and champagne can also exacerbate dandruff. Shampooing infrequently may also cause flakes and itching. However, this isn’t ‘true dandruff’ per se – it is simply an accumulation of dead skin cells that have been allowed to build up between shampoos.

What are the symptoms?
The appearance of fine, white flakes near the scalp. These flakes may also be found in the hair and around the shoulders. Dandruff is almost always accompanied by itching. However, dandruff is a non-inflammatory condition. If the scalp is inflamed, it may be another scalp condition.


How do you get rid of it?
Use a targeted anti-microbial shampoo and scalp toner to help return skin cell turnover to normal. Increasing shampoo frequency can also help eliminate the problem. Avoid triggering foods, such as cheese, spicy foods, white wine and champagne.


What products are the best for treating it?
At our Clinics we find that daily use of a soothing, antimicrobial shampoo and a targeted post-shampoo scalp toner is the fastest and most effective way to clear dandruff. Daily treatment should be carried out until the flaking and itching subside. This can then be reduced to every other day, and stopped about 10 days later. Applying an exfoliating scalp mask once to twice a week will also speed up recovery. This gently lifts away flakes and helps to return the rate of skin cell turnover on the scalp to a normal, healthy level (try the Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp range).