Despite being a very common, harmless scalp condition that affects about 50 million people in the USA, dandruff can still be seen as ‘dirty’, ‘unhealthy’ or ‘unattractive’ - yet has nothing to do with how often you wash your hair. Unfortunately, those pesky flakes are not the only problem that comes with dandruff, as it is often accompanied by an itchy scalp. Here are some ways to relieve it, and treat dandruff once and for all.
WHAT IS DANDRUFF?
Dandruff flakes are actually skin cells, which happen and grow and then die too fast for your body to be able to process it, causing the dead skin to detach and fall off. There are three common types of dandruff: white flakes are called pityriasis simplex, seborrheic dermatitis is represented by yellow flakes, accompanied by redness and oily hair, while psoriasis is the most severe of the three, causing itching, redness, and in drastic cases, even bleeding. Generally, most scalp conditions fall under this area and can be easily treated, but if you are experiencing more severe symptoms, consult your doctor or a dermatologist.
CAUSES AND MISCONCEPTIONS
The most common reason for developing dandruff is Malasezzia Globosa, a naturally occurring microbe present on everyone’s scalp. The way that it works is that the microbe produces irritants, which trigger a reaction in sufferers, making their scalp skin flake and fall off. Certain factors such as heat, sweat, and pollution can definitely worsen the condition, but these environments can not be the reason for your dandruff. Dandruff can also be hereditary. The genetic link is often not the reason for the condition, and internal influences (like your menstrual cycle or stress) and external factors (cold or dry weather) can only make the condition worse, but they cannot cause it.
There is also the misconception that dandruff is caused by dirty hair - however, this is not true. While an oily scalp might be influencing the production of dandruff, there are people who wash their hair everyday who still experience the condition, making this argument void. On the contrary, in order to maintain a healthy scalp, expert recommend only washing your hair twice a week, or three times if you are prone to oily hair.
HOW TO TREAT IT
If your dandruff problem is very sudden, experts recommend locating a potential cause, such as a change in your diet, a stressful event, or even a change in hair care product. Whether your issue started recently, or if you’ve been struggling with dandruff for a while, the solution is simple: anti-dandruff shampoo. If your problem is persistent, you may have to use this type of shampoo every day until dandruff becomes less of a worry, then switch to using it once a week only. However, try to stick with one product for at least 28 days (although you may notice results earlier than that) to see if that specific shampoo is right for you. Our Stem Cell Cleansing & Thickening Shampoo is scientifically proven to nourish dry, itchy scalps, while also making your hair strands stronger and thicker. And for those with severe dandruff cases, it is perfect for everyday use due to its expertly selected ingredients and cutting-edge technology.
While dandruff is entirely treatable, once you start noticing the first flakes, there is no guarantee that the condition will not return, as you may experience dandruff again throughout your life. The only measure you can take to keep it at bay is to watch out for internal or external factor changes, and continue using dandruff-combatting shampoo whenever it shows up again. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t see results straight away, as dandruff can take a while to get rid of, and remember: you are not alone in this!