Dandruff Treatment in Singapore:
Reduced Flaking in 60 Minutes

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common scalp disorder that affects 1 in 5 people, or over 1 million people in Singapore. Characterised by white or yellow flakes, dandruff refers to the abnormal shedding of scalp skin cells, which occurs due to a cell turnover rate that’s higher than normal.

Although it causes no physical harm, dandruff can cause immense embarrassment and distress in the person who suffers from it. Come along with us as we explore the causes of dandruff, complications related to dandruff, subsidies available for dandruff treatment and more.

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What Causes Dandruff?

While poor hygiene can cause dandruff, it’s certainly not the only possible culprit. Dandruff may be caused by one (or a combination) of the following factors:

  • Improper shampooing leading to skin cell accumulation
  • Dry skin
  • Sensitivity to hair care products
  • Exposure to dust or dirt
  • Excessive brushing of hair
  • Irritated, oily skin
  • Excess oil production from the sebaceous glands
  • Other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Malassezia, a common yeastlike fungus that feeds on the oils on the scalp of adults
  • Too much exposure to the sun
  • Use of multiple haircare products

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What Dandruff Treatment can Treat

If you have dandruff or are prone to it, dandruff treatment could help you. While the internet is rife with home remedies, those may throw off the pH balance of your scalp and make your dandruff worse.

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Types of Dandruff Treatment

Zinc Pyrithione (Zinc Omadine)

The most common antifungal drug used in dandruff treatment concoctions. Dandruff treatments typically contain 1-2.5% zinc pyrithione.

Selenium Sulfide (Selenium Sulphide)

An antifungal agent, selenium sulphide is effective in the treatment of excess shedding and irritation. 1-2.5% of selenium sulphide is usually used.

Piroctone Olamine

Less toxic than zinc pyrithione, piroctone olamine is known as a ‘second generation’ anti-dandruff agent, with more shampoos starting to include it in their formulation in recent years.


Tar coal has anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory properties. 0.5%-3% of tar has proven effective in the treatment of dandruff.

Dandruff Symptoms

Some common symptoms of dandruff are:

  • Skin flakes on your hair, eyebrows and shoulders
  • A red and itchy scalp
  • Excessive hair loss

Such symptoms tend to worsen when the weather is cold and dry, or during periods of stress.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis can be considered a more severe type of dandruff. Like dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis manifests on the scalp and causes itchiness. Unlike dandruff, however, it is scaly in appearance and can appear on other body areas such as the face, eyes, ears and chest.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis Symptoms

Signs of seborrhoeic dermatitis appear over time. Here are two indicators that you may have the condition:

  • Yellow-red scaling on commonly affected areas such as on the bridge of the nose, along the hairline, on the underarms and groin areas, behind the hair, over the sternum (middle of chest), in the creases between the nose and the lips inside the ears
  • Most commonly, dry or greasy diffuse scaling of the scalp 

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis Causes

Seborrhoeic dermatitis presents itself in areas where large oil glands are concentrated. The inflammation is a result of products that break down oil produced by oil glands, and the body’s reaction to a yeast on the scalp.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap can be considered the baby’s form of seborrhoeic dermatitis. Typically, it manifests itself as a thick, yellow-crusty scalp lesion. Cradle cap can also show up in the form of a stubborn nappy rash, splits in the skin and behind the ears and red facial pustules.

Factors That May Affect Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Following are some factors that may affect the frequency at which seborrhoeic dermatitis occurs, as well as the severity of symptoms.

  • Genetic factors
  • Parkinson’s disease and AIDS both increase the risk and severity of seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Existing illnesses. People with neurologic disease (especially Parkinson’s disease, stroke and paralysis) or HIV may suffer from severe seborrhoeic dermatitis
  • The season of the year: seborrhoeic dermatitis is usually worse in winter
  • Emotional or physical stress


Psoriasis is a fairly widespread skin condition that affects up to 3% of the population. When it occurs on the scalp, it can sometimes be mistaken for dandruff. It’s important to note however that psoriasis is not the same as dandruff. The table below highlights the differences between dandruff, psoriasis and cradle cap.

Dandruff vs Psoriasis vs Cradle Cap




Cradle Cap

% of population affected



10% of infants up to the ages of 1 month

70% of infants by 3 months of age


White or yellowish flakes

Small patches of redness with prominent thick scaling

Crusty yellow patches or slightly red scaly patches on scalp


  • Excessive hair loss
  • Red and itchy scalps
  • Skin flakes on hair, eyebrows and shoulders
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Patches of thick and red skin with silvery-white scales that itch or burn
  • Thick, ridged, pitted nails
  • Dry, cracked skin that itches or bleeds
  • Red facial pustules
  • Splits in the skin and behind the ear
  • Stubborn nappy rash

Regions affected


Scalp, elbows and knees 



Dandruff Complications

Chronic dandruff could be an indication of a more serious issue, such as psoriasis or a fungal infection. Despite the element of shame attached to dandruff, dandruff is very common and can be treated. If not treated in time, dandruff could lead to hair loss.

Dandruff Treatment Risks

If used improperly, home remedies (e.g., dandruff shampoos) may lead to unwanted outcomes such as dryness, oily scalp and skin, skin irritation and even temporary hair loss. Whenever possible, choose products like DrScalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, which formulation centres around natural ingredients such as lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus.

Dandruff Treatment Procedure

Step by step, here’s how the dandruff treatment process works at DrScalp:

1. Our advanced AI-powered system will meticulously analyse the current state of your scalp.
2. To ensure a thorough scalp cleanse, we utilise a high-frequency machine that not only disinfects your scalp but also enhances its softness and nourishes hair follicles
3. Our expertly trained professionals will apply a specialised shampoo to eliminate sweat and impurities from the surface of your scalp
4. A scalp cleanser will be administered to dissolve excessive sebum buildup that can clog your hair follicles
5. Micro mist treatment is used to improve the effectiveness of the scalp cleanser
6. Stubborn, excess sebum is gently scrubbed away
7. Enjoy a soothing massage while your scalp is massaged to remove any remaining sebum
8. Your hair is rinsed and conditioned for a soft and smooth texture
9. An oxygen spray is used to soothe and moisturise your scalp
10. Your hair is professional blow-dried to perfection, ensuring a polished finish
11. Following the treatment, we conduct a second scalp analysis to showcase the improvements made after just one session

Benefits of Dandruff Treatment

With consistent dandruff treatment, the condition of your scalp can improve significantly, improving your overall appearance and boosting your confidence in social settings. At Dr Scalp, we offer you a personalised treatment plan based on the condition of your scalp. Our line of anti-dandruff products is designed to complement the in-clinic treatments, and help you get rid of your dandruff ASAP.

DrScalp’s anti-dandruff shampoo, conditioner and tonic are formulated by our research team to gently purify the scalp, provide essential nutrients (e.g., vitamin E) to the hair, soothe scalp itchiness and more. Key ingredients used include various herbal extracts (e.g., Coptis Chinensis (Huang Lian) Root Extract) which are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial; Capryloyl Glycine, which works to curb fungal and bacterial growth; and three essential oils (lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus) for purification, soothing and sebum regulation.

As you can see, dandruff is a highly treatable condition. Don’t let embarrassment get in your way – give us a call today, and let us help you.

How Much Does Dandruff Treatment Cost in Singapore?

In Singapore, the cost of dandruff treatment is dependent on the treatment type. On average, you can expect to fork out $100-$300 per session.

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Is Dandruff Treatment Suitable for me?

DrScalp’s dandruff treatment is suitable for anyone who has dandruff. With no side effects, even pregnant and nursing women can go for it without worry.

How to Prevent Dandruff?

To prevent dandruff, it’s important to practise good hygiene. First and foremost, we recommend you find an anti-dandruff shampoo that suits you – for this, you might have to shop around or consult a professional.

After you’ve settled on a product, make sure you shampoo your hair and rinse off thoroughly on a regular basis. Massage the scalp region well in the process. In addition, try to avoid running your hand through your hair, and limit hat/cap-wearing as friction can further irritate the skin on your scalp.

Why DrScalp for Dandruff Treatment?

DrScalp uses A.I. technology to do a thorough scan of your scalp, determining aspects such as oiliness content level, melanin level, diameter of hair and number of hair strands. You will receive utmost attention and care every step of the process.

The Team of Professionals at DrScalp

When choosing a medical provider, it’s important to choose one that is trustworthy. Our Bioscience team, the team in charge of research and development, is helmed by Dr. Tom K.C. Kuo and Dr. Kevin C. Weng, two professors who have over 20 years of experience each. If you have any queries about our products and services, feel free to reach out to us any time.


1. Is Dandruff Contagious?

No, dandruff is not contagious. It results from factors like dry skin and a yeast-like fungus. It cannot be transmitted through contact or sharing personal items. Dandruff is a common scalp condition with various causes, and practising good hygiene and targeted treatments can effectively manage it without posing any risk of transmission.

2. Is Dandruff Treatment Painful?

No, dandruff treatment is not and should never be painful. If your scalp itches more or burns after using a certain product, stop using it immediately and seek professional advice/help.

3. Are There Any Side Effects of Dandruff Treatment?

No, there are typically no side effects associated with dandruff treatments in the clinic.

4. Does Stress Cause Dandruff?

No, stress on its own does not cause dandruff. However, if you’re prone to dandruff or have dandruff, stress could cause a flare-up or exacerbate the amount of flaking. Studies have found that the severity of dandruff symptoms is partially tied to your immune system: the weaker your immune system, the more severe the symptoms.

5. What Should I Avoid if I Have Dandruff?

If you have dandruff, it’s advisable to avoid or limit your consumption of processed food, sugar and saturated fat. Additionally, you should also avoid using hair care products that contain synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, sulphates, parabens and silicone.

6. How Long Does Dandruff Treatment Last?

The effects of dandruff treatment can be seen after just 1 session. As everyone’s condition is different, do consult your dermatologist or doctor for the recommended frequency and number of treatments.

7. Can I Use Regular Shampoo to Treat Dandruff?

Regular shampoos may not effectively treat dandruff. Anti-dandruff shampoos, with active ingredients like zinc pyrithione, target specific causes such as fungal overgrowth. Choosing specialised products for dandruff is crucial for effective relief and a healthier scalp.

8. Are There Dietary Changes That Can Help Manage Dandruff?

Diet plays a role in managing dandruff. Including nutrient-rich foods like vitamins B and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids can promote a healthy scalp. Limiting processed foods, sugar, and saturated fats may reduce inflammation contributing to dandruff. While diet alone isn’t a complete solution, it complements other strategies for a healthier scalp.

9. Do I Need to Visit the Doctor for Dandruff Treatment Aftercare?

No. At DrScalp, aftercare is integrated into our dandruff treatment sessions so you don’t have to pay us a separate visit.

10. Is Dandruff Treatment Permanent?

No, dandruff treatment is not permanent. Regular care and maintenance is required to keep your hair dandruff-free. For healthy hair, visit the dermatologist for treatment at least once every 3-4 months, after your dandruff has been fully eradicated. In between treatments, use hair care products formulated specially to tackle dandruff.

11. Why Does My Dandruff Keep Coming Back?

Your dandruff keeps coming back because the stuff in your shampoo that’s supposed to get rid of it might not be reaching the root of the problem. Imagine your scalp as a garden, and the shampoo as a spray. Right now, it’s like the spray is mostly staying on the surface, not reaching the deeper areas where the issue starts.

Research, especially on shampoos with zinc pyrithione, shows they mainly work on the surface, missing the spots where the trouble begins. So, it’s like we’re weeding the top of the soil but not getting to the roots.

12. Are There Subsidies for Dandruff Treatment?

At the time of this writing, no subsidies for hair loss treatment are available in Singapore, be it under Medisave or CHAS coverage.

Medical References

Borda, L. J., & Wikramanayake, T. C. (2015). Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dandruff: A Comprehensive Review. Journal of clinical and investigative dermatology, 3(2), 10.13188/2373-1044.1000019. https://doi.org/10.13188/2373-1044.1000019

Clavaud, C., Michelin, C., Pourhamidi, S., Ziane, S., Rawadi, C. E., Muller, B., . . . Guéniche, A. (2023). Selenium disulfide: a key ingredient to rebalance the scalp microbiome and sebum quality in the management of dandruff. European Journal of Dermatology, 33(S1), 5–12. https://doi.org/10.1684/ejd.2023.4400

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