Is it looking like snow has fallen on your shoulders? But the thing with dandruff flakes is, unlike snow, they don’t melt. So what’s turning your scalp into a snow machine? In most cases, you have nothing to worry about. When your scalp starts shedding dead skin cells (dandruff), the problem is usually treatable.
What Causes Dandruff?
Your scalp is made up of skin. Most of the time when the skin sheds its dead skin cells, we hardly notice it. When you start seeing flakes or what we call as dandruff, this means that your scalp is shedding dead skin cells at a much faster rate than normal.
It is still unclear what exactly causes dandruff. Hormones are believed to play a role since this scalp problem usually starts peaking during adolescent years. A type of yeast that grows on the scalp is also suspected to play a role. Many people still believe that dandruff is due to poor hygiene but this is not true.
Here are other things that can cause dandruff
- Shampooing the hair too often or not often enough
- Not rinsing out the shampoo too well
- The cold weather
- Certain chemicals in hair products
- Certain skin conditions such as scalp psoriasis and eczema
- Some medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease can also trigger dandruff
Who Gets Dandruff?
It is possible that anyone can get dandruff. But there are certain factors that can increase one’s chances of experiencing dandruff. Men are more prone to having dandruff. Being overweight, having an oily skin can also increase your chances of having it.
How to Deal with Dandruff
- People with dandruff often avoid wearing dark clothes since it makes the white flakes that have fallen very visible. But if you want to start wearing dark clothes again, try these tips to beat your dandruff problem.
- Wash your hair more often. Keeping your head clean is important in fighting dandruff. In some cases, daily shampoo is required for a time. If you only have a mild case of dandruff, a regular shampoo will do.
- Use a dandruff shampoo. There are lots of shampoos especially formulated to fight this scalp problem. You can use it daily and once your flakes have fled, you can cut it down to just every other wash. It may take a few tries for you to get the anti-dandruff shampoo that suits you best. So don’t give up on your first few tries.
- Stop yourself from scratching. Yes, dandruff can get very itchy but scratching will do nothing good. In fact, constant scratching can lead to bleeding or hair loss.
- Condition your hair after using an anti-dandruff shampoo. Anti-dandruff shampoos can dry out the scalp. Use a good hair conditioner to remedy this. An excellent natural hair conditioner is the Argan oil.The moisturizing properties of the oil is believed to come from Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and sterols.
- Consult a doctor. This would be the most ideal thing to do. The doctor can prescribe you the best anti-dandruff suited for your scalp.
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