Does Dandruff Cause Itchy Scalp?


Itching is an annoying reaction you get when your skin is in distress. Find out what is causing your scalp to itch.

There is nothing more annoying than the uncontrollable urge to scratch. Itching is triggered by histamine, a chemical in your body that is released as part of an inflammation response.

Histamine helps cause the itchiness and the redness you see when you suffer from insect bites, rashes and aggravated skin.

Scalp itch

When your body releases high levels of histamine, you can feel the uncontrollable urge to scratch it and, as a result, leave your scalp even more red and irritated.

One of the most common causes of scalp itch is dandruff.

Dandruff flakes

Dandruff triggers on your scalp irritate your skin, which then sheds its outer layer more rapidly in an attempt to get rid of the irritation.

These irritating triggers not only cause visible skin shedding (dandruff flakes), but also other signs of unhealthy dandruff skin, like dryness, inflammation, and scalp itch.

How to treat an itchy scalp*

The worst thing to do is to scratch your scalp. The weakened skin will only become more irritated, leading to pain and perhaps even infection.

An itchy scalp needs to be treated by the right products, like shampoos and treatments that do the following:

  • Start relieving itch immediately after use

  • Contain cooling extracts like mint or eucalyptus that calm your irritated scalp

  • Tackle the root cause of the itch by getting rid of dandruff**

Our Itchy Scalp Care Shampoo is ideal for fast-acting relief from an itchy scalp.

The formula with eucalyptus and mint extracts provides your scalp with cool, calming relief while anti-dandruff actives in the shampoo tackle the root cause.

Our Itchy Scalp Care 2-in-1 leaves your scalp free from dandruff** and itchiness while making sure your hair is conditioned, glossy and smells great all day long.

More about itchy scalp

More tips and advice from the experts:

  • Symptoms of dandruff

* due to dandruff

** no visible flakes with regular use