8 Best Dandruff Shampoos
The best dandruff shampoos treat, moisturize, and even add shine. Check out our readers' rankings for the inside info on washing those flakes right out of your hair -- for good
Dandruff starts with sebum, a natural oil produced by the body that (when produced in normal qualities) makes the hair and skin supple and creates a protective barrier 'round your 'dermis. But, when overproduced, sebum can create issues like acne, sebaceous cysts), and, you guessed it, dandruff.
Here's how it works: a fungus, going by the oh-so-discreet name of malessezia globossa, has evolved to feed off of sebum. This fungus (which everyone has, so don't start worrying that you've become an unwilling host to a foreign species) produces an oil that creates an inflammatory response in some people. This leads to skin cells shedding improperly, resulting in those pesky dry flakes. If you're one of the unlucky responders, it's likely that this issue may plague you from time to time over your life span. To combat the white flaky foes and soothe redness and irritation, you can follow an anti-dandruff routine. Besides avoiding too-hot water, heat styling tools, and too much product, you can manage your flaky little secret by switching to an anti-dandruff shampoo. These shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, which keeps the fungus to a minimum. If you're itching to get to the root of your dandruff problem, start by checking out the eight best dandruff shampoos, used and reviewed by our readers. Because, according to Jay-Z, the only thing you should be brushing off your shoulders is a little dirt -- also known as swag, you (dandruff-free) gangsta, you.
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