Oh no… Dandruff! Now What?
Dandruff, the flaky dead skin snowing down on your shoulders can be embarrassing. But it doesn't have to be. Dandruff is a common condition that affects one in every two people globally. But, it's also treatable.
Dandruff should give you no reason to stop you from wearing your favorite black top or parting your hair the way you like it. So, don't let dandruff dull your hairstyle.
Find out what hair products can help with your dandruff problem and learn more about how to get rid of severe dandruff that stands between you and those trendy hair styles.
What Causes Dandruff?
Our skin, from the skin on our scalp to our toes, sheds once a month. So, every 28 days we get a new layer of skin. But, we barely notice the process, as it is very gradual.
So, where does the stubborn snowfall of dandruff come from? Well, our skin also produces sebaceous oils that microorganisms like bacteria and fungi feed off. A type of fungus called malassezia fungus is found on our scalp and feeds of the oil on our scalp's skin.
Dandruff happens when the malassezia fungus goes haywire, for reasons still unknown, and increases its consumption of sebaceous oil, leaving the scalp irritated and dry. When this happens, the skin sheds a lot faster and feels itchy and dry.
So, instead of shedding dead skin once a month, the shedding happens in less than two weeks or faster. In addition, the oil our hair follicles release causes the excessive dead skin to clump together producing the bane of our existence - dandruff. And these clumpy flakes are then what we find fall from our scalps.
How can you stop the flakes from falling? Simple and proper hair care can do the trick. The best way to eliminate the flakes is by shampooing your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Anti-dandruff shampoos containing zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid or ketoconazole as the active ingredients and these are you're best antidote to flakes. From preventing your scalp from becoming immune to anti-dandruff shampoos, change shampoo brands at least once a month.
Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoos are mild anti-dandruff treatments that are safe for everyday use. You want to be sure that you don't use an anti-dandruff product that will over dry your hair or cause other scalp problems due to long term use.
You ideally want the fungus and oils on your head to return to their natural balance without the need for any dandruff treatments.
You can also try our self care tips and home remedies for dandruff.