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Why are men prone to dandruff?

Have you experienced those white flakes of dry skin spread on your shirt collar or shoulders? So embarrassing, aren’t they? These itchy particles can be a reason for your worries at times. We call them dandruff. Let’s understand it from the experts. A fungus called Malassezia is responsible for dandruff, and it comes out with its uncontrolled growth.[1]

There is a misconception that women are more prone to suffer from dandruff as they have longer hair, but let me tell you that is not true. Dandruff has nothing to do with the length of hair; it’s all about your scalp. And the fact of the matter is, men, can be more susceptible to dandruff in comparison to women.4

There could be multiple causes for dandruff including stress, imbalanced diet, frequently testing a lot of new products on our hair and scalp, using wrong products not suitable for our scalp, regularly using styling products like hair gels, sprays, etc.  Another reason could be excess oil secretion due to certain hormonal activities that make men more prone to dandruff as compared to women.4, 5, 7

If you are facing dandruff problems, you might have faced some or all the following:

1.       Encounter white flakes on your scalp, beard, eyebrows, and embarrassing looks from people around you.

2.       Itching to run your hands through your scalp to scratch it away.

3.       Using all kinds of anti-dandruff shampoos that promise to help only to be disappointed by them in the end.


1.       Choose the right shampoo

Selsun Suspension 2.5% shampoo is a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo that works on the root cause of dandruff. It not only helps in treating dandruff but also control its reoccurrence. With a brand that has been in India for so many years, you can #BeSelsunSure. 1

2.       Be gentle

It would be best if you are gentle while applying the shampoo on your scalp. If you rub your scalp too hard, it can create an adverse effect of aggravating your problems.

3.       No extra styling

Remember, you are under treatment and looking for a way to manage your dandruff. Until your dandruff is under control, avoid excess use of  styling products.5

4.       Stay on a healthy diet

The lack of zinc, B vitamins or certain types of fat found in junk food in the diet can be an underlying cause of dandruff. Include food such as whole grains, milk product, nuts and berries, avocados, sweet potatoes, etc. can help 5

5.       Say NO to stress

Research indicates stress can work as a trigger to aggravate your dandruff problems. Learn to manage your stress effectively.5

Men can be more prone to dandruff but with the right knowledge and the right anti-dandruff shampoo, you can manage this problem effectively as well.4

Have you tried Selsun shampoo to combat dandruff? What has your experience been like?


1.       {1}American Academy of Dermatology. 29. 1008-12. 10.1016/0190-9622(93)70282-X.

2.       {4} Int J Trichology. 2011 Jan-Jun; 3(1): 3–6.

3.       {5} Life Science Journal 11, no. 1 (2014): 323.

4.       {6} The Antiseptic 201, no. 1 (2004): 5-8.

5.       {7} Saudi journal of biological sciences, 24(2), 331-337.


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Nistha Saraf

    It’s a very useful article. Thanks for sharing knowledge about the shampoo too!

  2. Anahita Irani

    We need to take of our dandruff issues as it can be problematic and embarrassing. I have used Selsun in past and successfully got rid of my issues.

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