Dandruff flakes are actually dead skin cells that naturally fall off the scalp, either a dry scalp or an overly oily scalp can cause excess cells to clump and fall off, forming dandruff flakes. A very common fungus called Malassezia which lives on the scalp of most healthy adults without causing any problems, but overgrowth of Malassezia can stimulate the scalp and cause dandruff as well.
There are two types of dandruff.
- OILY dandruff
Oily dandruff is primarily caused by the sebaceous glands secrets the excess oil and it causes Malassezia overgrowth, which stimulates the scalp and speeds up the process of shedding the dead skin cells.
- DRY dandruff
What Is The Symptom Of OILY Dandruff?
Overgrowth of Malassezia can stimulate the scalp and cause dandruff.
- Your scalp is oily and itchy.
- The flakes are sticky.
- The flakes are larger in size.
- The flakes are yellow in color.
Learn more about Oily Dandruff.