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Can hormones cause dandruff? They do play a role in that they start the production of oils, which is a trigger that can causedandruff. Here’s how it works.

Hormones contribute to dandruff but they are not the root cause of it.

Is dandruff hereditary?

How dandruff starts

  1. A naturally occurring microbe on the scalp feeds on natural oils called sebum

  2. This process produces oleic acid

  3. If you are sensitive to oleic acid, your body will react by displaying symptoms of dandruff

Your hormones control oil production
Hormones are a key part of producing the natural oils you need for dandruff to start. They’re totally normal and are essential to keep your hair and scalp moisturized.

But when you’re sensitive to oleic acid, sebum production can lead to dandruff. For some, dandruff can appear at times when hormones change, notably during puberty when you begin producing more oils than usual.

Young people and dandruff
Dandruff and puberty

But remember, dandruff is not caused by hormones alone. You still need to be sensitive to oleic acid – and there’s a good chance you are, because it affects 50% of the world’s population.

How to deal with sensitivity to oleic acid
If you’re sensitive to oleic acid, you can treat your scalp and hair with our Classic Clean 2-in-1

Our tried and tested formula fights dandruff and all its symptoms including:

  • dry scalp

  • itchy scalp

  • redness and irritation

  • dandruff flakes

We have a range of shampoos with different versions suited for all hair types, so you’ll find one that’s right for you. Frequent use will leave your hair clean, looking great and visibly dandruff-free¹.

More about dandruff and when it starts

1. Visible flakes with regular use