Dealing with dandruff can be quite embarrassing and uncomfortable. The nuisance is worsened by the fact that it is not easy to get rid of.
PublishedNovember 21, 2022
Dandruff is one of the most annoying skin issues. For starters, it causes itchiness and the white scaly patches of dry skin falling on our shoulders are just embarrassing. There is no one cause of dandruff. It could be the result of a medical condition, allergens, product build-up and of course the common cause which is dry or oily skin. According to Journal of medicine scientists, dandruff comes from an overgrowth of Malassezia, a type of fungus that’s naturally on our scalps. Overproduction of sebum on the scalp aids the fungus to grow rapidly confusing cell regeneration on the scalp. The build up is what eventually causes the greasy flakes and the itchiness of your scalp. Here are a few things you can try to get rid of dandruff at home.
Wash your hair often
Too much hair product could flame yeast growth on your scalp and this together with the moist warm environment in the scalp promotes dandruff. The easiest way to avoid it is by washing your hair frequently.
Hair experts pose that the frequency of hair washing is the biggest factor implicating the prevalence of dandruff . Less washing is associated with high occurrence of dandruff. While most people prefer washing their hair over the weekend when they are free, a mid-week wash can save your scalp from dandruff.
Use anti-dandruff hair care products
Most dermatologists advise that you invest in shampoos that contain Zinc Pyrithione which is known to inhibit yeast growth on the scalp. Therefore, it can kill the fungus that can contributes to scalp itchiness. Products containing the agent also help balance sebum production on the scalp. Researchers say that the key to long-term elimination of dandruff is regular use of a good anti-dandruff shampoo.
For your next hair care shopping ensure to check your shampoo content to avoid shampoos with parabens which are harmful to your hair’s general health. Also avoid switching between products too soon as this may cause re-occurrence of dandruff.
Eat healthy food
Dandruff can be your body’s way of signalling you of vitamin and zinc deficiency. Therefore, pay attention to your body and invest in foods rich in zinc like avocados and veggies like broccoli, kale and garlic . Also, include nuts, legumes and whole grains as they’re rich in iron . Taking Vitamin A supplements is also a great idea as they have nutrients to help the scalp produce enough sebum to keep hair nourished and maintain good scalp health.
Incorporate essential oils in your hair care products
Essential oils like peppermint, lemon grass and tea tree oil help get rid dandruff. Other than addressing dandruff, essential oils also help deal with an oily scalp and bacteria that can grow from product build-up. Moreover, essential oils have been known to stimulate hair growth.
Try a scalp massage
This is an ancient ayurvedic method used to help blood flow in your head which is good for your scalp and healthy hair growth.
The best way is to massage your scalp using warm oil. Massaging your scalp loosens the flakes on your scalp and helps get rid of any dandruff growth.
Avoid scratching your scalp as it stimulates the spread of the dandruff causing fungus through out your hair. Scratching due to itchiness also causes wounds on your scalp and causes hair loss and thinning. If your itchiness gets too much for you to remedy at home , visit a dermatologist as this could point out to underlying health issues.
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