Adherent dandruff: some common questions answered

If you’re unsure about what adherent dandruff is and how to treat it, we’ve got t

If you’re unsure about what adherent dandruff is and how to treat it, we’ve got the answers. Read on for all you need to know about this common skin condition.


Adherent dandruff: some common questions answered
Adherent dandruff: some common questions answered

What’s the difference between dry dandruff and greasy, adherent dandruff?

Dandruff can and does affect all hair types, lengths and textures. It falls into two main categories: dry dandruff and greasy dandruff. Greasy, or adherent, dandruff results in thick, oily, yellowish scales forming across the scalp, while dry dandruff are finer and lighter in texture. While dry dandruff falls easily from the scalp, greasy dandruff accumulates on top of the scalp, with flakes gradually piling up on top of one another, causing hair to appear greasy at the roots.

Does having dandruff = dirty hair?

Dandruff can be caused by a number of factors, including hormones, diet, genetics, stress or reactions linked to chemicals and ingredients. Over-washing your hair can cause dry dandruff if you fail to rinse properly. Meanwhile, greasy dandruff results from excess sebum produced by the scalp - so can occur regardless of your hair-washing habits. If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of your hair, scalp exfoliation can help remove excess sebum and dead skin cells for a squeaky-clean scalp that’s better primed for anti-dandruff treatments.


How can I treat my adherent dandruff?

Greasy or adherent dandruff results from an excess of oil or sebum production, This excess sebum combines with malassezia, a yeast commonly found on the scalp, leading to the formation of thick, yellowish flakes that stick to the scalp and roots. This is more difficult to remove than dry dandruff and requires specialist products that not only tackle the causes of greasy dandruff but also help remove the adherent flakes from the scalp. Vichy Dercos Micropeel Shampoo is specifically formulated to exfoliate the scalp, leaving it feeling healthier and to reduce the appearance of visible flakes.

Failing to wash out shampoo or other styling products can also lead to dandruff, so if you’re noticing grey or whitish flakes when you brush or comb your hair, make sure to thoroughly rinse hair next time you shower.



This article is intended as general information only.  You should seek advice from a professional before altering your diet, changing your exercise regime or starting any new course of conduct.