If you’ve ever experienced that familiar itchy/flaky feeling on your scalp, chances are that you’re going through a universal yet almost difficult to cure crisis i.e Dandruff. Research experts claim that 1 out of every 5 people suffers from dandruff, with men more so than others. A common problem faced by many, yet embarrassing for most to address!
We’ve gotten down to the nitty gritty & busted a few myths along with causes & cures of dandruff that are surely going to aid you in the process of making your scalp dandruff free.
Busting The Myths
Myth #1 - A Dry Scalp Does Not Cause Dandruff
While most believe excessive oil production in the scalp causes dandruff. A common myth is that people with dry skin do not suffer from dandruff. The harsh reality is that people with a dry scalp are more likely to have it. Dandruff stemming from dry skin usually tends to have smaller & non-oily flakes and can make your hair appear dull, lifeless & lead to unmanageable and itchy hair.
Myth #2 - Wash Your Hair Less If You Have Dandruff
Most dermatologists advise against shampooing daily, the reason being that it would strip the scalp and hair of natural oils. However, dandruff poses a different problem altogether. To rid your scalp of dandruff, one needs to clean out all the gunk which a regular shampoo may not be able to do. Not shampooing enough may only aggravate the problem, say experts.
Myth #3 - Excessive Styling Increases Dandruff
While overusing styling products or using heat on your hair may negatively affect your scalp, they DO NOT cause dandruff. Straighteners, blow dryers or styling products may not cause dandruff, but they could be most definitely be the root cause to some other problem you’ve been facing with your hair-game lately!
Myth #4 - Dandruff Causes Hair Loss
While dandruff may not be contagious or a serious health problem. If not addressed in the right manner, it can lead to your scalp becoming itchy and inflamed and cause temporary hair loss. Hair fall takes place when a condition affects the hair follicles, & dandruff is a chronic condition that prolongs it. In this case, it is absolutely essential to make sure that one takes care of their hair accordingly. Natural ingredients are a great way to start with combating dandruff and what’s even better is when you find them in shampoo/ hair products that are sulfate & paraben free.
Myth #5 - One Shampoo Is The Solution
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What Really Causes Dandruff?
Flakes and an itchy scaly scalp are the main symptoms of dandruff. These flakes accumulate in your hair and shoulders & usually get worse during certain weathers. While the exact cause of dandruff may remain unknown. Here are a few common factors that lead to dandruff:
There’s said to be a direct relationship between dandruff and stress. Stress weakens the body’s natural defenses, making it difficult for your body to deal with the presence of dandruff & scalp irritation. Most people may notice that dandruff symptoms increase significantly under stress. Hence it’s advisable to worry less & take the necessary steps to combat dandruff like-a-boss!
- Improper Diet
What many may not know is that dandruff could be caused by the food we consume. The scalp has a high concentration of sebaceous glands that produce an oil called sebum to protect the scalp. However, excessive production of it can cause dandruff. Experts recommend, consuming zinc in your diet to help control sebum production. Therefore it is important to watch what you eat like a hawk so you may prevent the white, flaky monsters from making an appearance!
- Inadequate/ Improper Hair Care
Although an arguable fact, that shampooing daily can increase dandruff. Experts say rinsing daily can be healthy for your scalp coupled with a good conditioner. Moreover, if you lead a busy life where drying your hair immediately after the shower may seem like a bit of a hassle. The fact is that allowing your hair to dry on its own may cause trouble in hair paradise as wet hair is more susceptible to damage. The dampness that accumulates on the scalp may further encourage itchiness & flaking.
- Medical & Skin Conditions
Sometimes people suffering from certain skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema & other disorders like the Parkinson's disease are more likely to suffer from dandruff. Additionally, people with seborrheic dermatitis (a skin condition causing rough scaly skin on the scalp and face) are said to be more prone to dandruff.
Overgrowth of cells can cause a buildup on the scalp that leads to dandruff. Some people are sensitive to yeast i.e. Malassezia furfur that naturally exists on the scalp.
Here’s How You Can Cure It!
While they say prevention is better than cure, sometimes you may find yourself in a fix trying to get rid of the infamous white flakes at a time where it may seem like, it’s too late. When on the quest to find the right anti-dandruff shampoo, remember not all dandruff shampoos are alike! We’ve listed some of the common ingredients you should watch out for while on the watch for the right anti-dandruff shampoo!
- Coal Tar
Regulated by the FDA, coal tar shampoos are keratolytic. It slows down bacteria growth & softens scales of a crust. Experts say the higher the amount of tar concentration, the more effective the shampoo.
- Pyrithione Zinc
Best known for its antibacterial properties & effective treatment of dandruff. In a study conducted by NCBI, a shampoo containing zinc pyrithione was tested on users in order to judge the effectiveness of it for dandruff control. The research proved that there was a progressive reduction in dandruff on the ZPT treated areas.
- Salicylic Acid
An ingredient commonly found in shampoos, conditioners and skin care products, salicylic acid is used to soften, lift & remove scaling on the scalp.
- Tea Tree Oil
An immensely popular ingredient used in dandruff shampoos, tea tree oil has been used for centuries to cure skin and scalp problems. A study by NCBI indicated that tea tree oil in a shampoo resulted in a 41 percent reduction in dandruff severity.
An antifungal ingredient that works by preventing the flaking, scaling, and itching of the scalp caused by dandruff. This ingredient is usually used to treat infections caused by a fungus or yeast.
The ultimate strategy to adopt would be to pick a shampoo containing at least one of these ingredients and shampoo your hair until dandruff is under control. So what are you waiting for? If your hair woes are killing you, take a look at our personalized hair care routines curated the natural way!. Because we’re on a mission to solve your hair problems!