[en] Adult ; Dermatitis, Seborrheic/diagnosis/pathology ; Double-Blind Method ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Photography ; Pilot Projects ; Scalp Dermatoses/diagnosis/pathology ; Severity of Illness Index ; Ultraviolet Rays/diagnostic use ; Young Adult
[en] Seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff are common scalp conditions. In this study, we set out to explore a new method for rating both the severity of the scalp condition and the efficacy of scalp-care compounds. Scalp flakiness was sampled for 40 volunteers using adhesive-coated clear discs, with image analysis used to quantify the specular light reflectance (SLR) of the flakes Two ultraviolet (UV)-emitting charge-coupled device cameras (Visioscan VC98 and Visiopor PP34) were used. SLR clearly highlighted the flakiness with high contrast against a black background, and the recorded appearance could be conveniently submitted to the image-analysis system for quantification. In conclusion, SLR under UV illumination highlights scalp flakiness, allowing objective measurements.