Up until now, we’d heard of dandruff bringing our hair game down drastically. This common scalp condition causes flakes of skin to appear and is accompanied by itching. Hair that grows from dandruff-affected scalp suffers more protein and cuticle damage as compared to hair that grows from a healthy scalp. Moreover, scratching can further damage your tresses, causing breakage and split ends. Oh, and wait, your dandruff woes don’t end here! It does more damage than you could even imagine! Did you know that dandruff, if not treated, can soon spread to your skin as well? Yes, you read that right.

Surprisingly, dandruff is not just limited to your scalp. The dry skin that you sometimes see around your nose area or near your eyebrows is not just a regular ‘dry skin’ problem. It could, in fact, be facial dandruff!

how dandruff affects your skin

How does dandruff affect your skin?

The effects of dandruff usually depend on your skin type—dry or oily. If the area around your nose and between your eyebrows or your T-zone feels scaly and dry or greasy, it is a sign that dandruff has started affecting your skin. And if not treated, you may also experience scaly, greasy and inflamed skin on your upper back and chest area. And that’s not all!

Dandruff can also cause one of the worst skin problems… acne! Dandruff makes the skin on your scalp flaky and these dry flakes are often responsible for clogging the pores on your face, mostly affecting the skin on your forehead, and spreading to the neck, hairline, upper back and chest. Also, if you experience crusty or redness on or behind your ears, it is a common indication of facial dandruff.

how dandruff affects your skin

How to prevent dandruff from bringing your skin game down?

  • Make sure to keep hair off your face: The best way to avoid dandruff from spreading to your face is to always keep your hair tied either in a braid, ponytail or with a hairband. This way, dandruff won’t come in contact with your skin and clog pores which in turn will prevent pimples or acne.
  • Brush your hair regularly: The biggest mistake most people make on a regular basis is not brushing their hair. Brushing your hair at least twice a day will help you get rid of dead cells on the scalp. This option is beneficial especially when you want to prevent acne caused by dandruff.
  • Use an anti-dandruff shampoo: To protect your skin from facial dandruff, you need to first treat dandruff in your hair. Use the Dove Dandruff Care Shampoo which is enriched with fibre actives. It nourishes and repairs damaged hair.