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If you’ve started to notice white flakes in your hair and on your shoulders, you’ve probably got dandruff. Find out when it starts and what to do.

Dandruff can appear at any time, though it tends to be more likely to start in your teens.

That’s because, as your hormones change, you start to produce more oil – a key ingredient that can cause dandruff to appear.

Find out more about the causes of dandruff.

As well as flakes, you may start to experience itchy scalp or a tight, dry feeling – these are early warning signs of dandruff so it’s a good idea to start using an anti-dandruff shampoo as soon as you experience them

Other times dandruff can appear

Of course, your teens aren’t the only time that your hormones change – there are plenty of other times in your life when it’s likely to happen too.

So if you’re experiencing dandruff for the first time later in life, don’t worry – it’s easy to treat and help keep flakes away.

How to get rid of dandruff