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Dandruff—causes and treatments
Dandruff is usually harmless but it can be embarrassing and itchy. Dandruff really isn't about your hair, or how often you wash it. Instead, it's about the skin on your scalp.
Skin cells that grow and die off too fast can be the problem. A very common fungus called malassezia is also known to cause dandruff. This fungus lives on the scalp of most healthy adults without causing any problems.
Another common cause is seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea. People with dandruff may also have seborrheic dermatitis in other areas of the body, such as their ears, the center of the face, and the center of the chest.
If the real issue behind dandruff is not treated can lead to: Serious damage to hair health, decreased hair growth, and increased hair fall.Dandruff is usually quite easy to treat. A number of shampoos, conditioners and special preparations that contain selenium sulphide, ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione and salicylic acid are designed to eliminate the embarrassing condition. Your dermatologist can even prescribe solutions such as Finestride.
But as with many other health conditions, prevention is usually the best treatment. So, if you're prone to the itchy scalp, it is better to try and prevent the condition since dandruff cannot be cured and only contained.
Regular massages help increase blood circulation and help spread the natural oil production all over the scalp. This will cease the hair loss and moisturize the scalp, thereby reducing dandruff.
Eating better and making sure to include nutrients such as zinc, omega 3 fatty acids and B-vitamins have shown positive results in reducing dandruff and curbing hair loss. They can even help grow healthier and stronger hair.
Exercising causes the body to sweat, and helps in opening your skin pores. When the pores are open, the body can pushes out the dirt and toxins in the form of sweat. When you exercise, you also perspire through the scalp, and the body also gets rid of dandruff flakes and prevents hair loss.
You must wash your hair not more than 2-3 times a week in order to control dandruff. Instead of commercial shampoos that contain chemicals such as parabens which might harm your hair and further worsen your condition, use dermatologically approved shampoos to remove dandruff.
If you think that your dandruff is causing major embarrassment, book a consultation at Layers clinics. Our dermatologists will offer a holistic approach to treat your problem, so that your luxurious locks and trendy tresses will once again steal the show.