If you suffer from dandruff you are not alone. Did you know that dandruff is a common scalp disorder that affects about half of the population? The symptoms include flaking of the scalp, itching and inflammation. The severity of dandruff may fluctuate from season to season due to extreme weather conditions, with winter being the most severe for scalp irritations. There is hope to having healthy beautiful hair with dandruff free scalp.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells most commonly in the scalp. It can also affect the ears, eyebrows, sides of the nose, beard and less commonly, the central part of the chest. Any hair area even with small hair follicles can be affected by dandruff (aka seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea).
Who is Affected by Dandruff?
Dandruff affects all ages from babies to elderly. Infancy scalp seborrhea is called “cradle cap.” Fury pets such as cats, dogs and rabbits can develop this condition too. Keep in mind, dandruff is not contagious.
The precise cause of seborrhea is unknown. Increased numbers of normal skin yeasts, increased skin secretions, and increased oil production are said to be possible causes. Other causes of dandruff may include poor hygiene, infrequent washing and poor immune system.
Dandruff Treatments & Preventions
Specialized shampoos, creams and even natural home remedies that carry an anti-fungal & antibacterial agent are best options in the treatment of seborrhea. There is “no cure” for this scalp condition, but preventative measures are always an option.
– Herbal hair rinse
– Boiled beet rinse
– Lime or lemon rinse
– Black Soap shampoo
– Pure coconut oil
– Olive oil (extra virgin)
– Tea tree oil
– Stress management (may be a trigger for dandruff production)
– Dietary changes (may want to incorporate more B-Vitamin, Zinc and Omega 3 to your diet)
– More sun exposure (kills fungus and bacteria)
When it comes to having beautiful healthy hair, you need to have a healthy scalp. Don’t let seborrhea get you down and mess with your emotions and esteem. You have the power to take control and educate yourself on the many options available to help treat this common scalp condition.
If these examples of treatments don’t work in the control of your seborrhea, you may want to consult a dermatologist and/or your family doctor as a more severe problem may be at hand.
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