Health Watch — Winter: Dandruff
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about dealing with winter. Previously, we discussed how cold winter air can dry out the skin. The dryness may also affect your scalp, making dandruff — the excessive shedding of skin cells from the scalp — worse.
Dr. Paul Bergstresser, professor of dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there isn’t a cure for dandruff, but it can be controlled. There are medicated shampoos that restore the scalp’s moisture balance and prevent flaking. Look for shampoos containing tar. See a dermatologist if over-the-counter shampoos don’t help or if you get flakes and redness on your face, eyebrows or eyelashes.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/patientcare/medicalservices/dermatology.html to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in dermatology.
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