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Can I get dandruff if I don't wash my hair frequently?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Not washing your hair frequently does increase your risk for dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, a condition in which whitish-yellow, greasy flakes can develop on the scalp. Other factors, such as a family history of dandruff, oily skin, stress, and extreme weather may also increase your risk for dandruff. Using dandruff shampoo can help you control the condition. Talk to your dermatologist about the best shampoos for your hair and scalp.

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