Understanding Dandruff -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Kumar Shital, DO on September 18, 2023
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The symptoms of dandruff include:

  • Flakes of skin that range from small and white to large, greasy, and yellow
  • Itchy flaking that appears on the scalp or eyebrows; around the hairline, ears, or nose; or in the center of the chest or back


Scaling is greasy and yellow and does not respond to over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and lotions; you may have seborrheic dermatitis and need more aggressive treatment to relieve the redness, itching, and flaking.