Dandruff is very common, but many who suffer from it find it uncomfortable and embarrassing. Here we give you the low down on dandruff and some top tips for managing a flaky scalp*.
Human skin cells are forever renewing themselves. As skin cells in the scalp are renewed, the old (dead) ones are pushed to the surface.
For people with dandruff, new skin cells are produced at a faster rate than they die, resulting in more skin being shed, causing dandruff to build up on the scalp’s surface.
For mild to moderate cases of dandruff, there are some simple ways to treat the problem:
Sometimes conditioner and product buildup can irritate your scalp, making it flake and itch. If you brush your scalp (we mean really brush with some good pressure) thoroughly all over your head before showering, you’ll loosen up that buildup and it will wash right off. Leaving your hair squeaky clean. This is your typical scalp brush. It has hard bristles for the job it’s faced with.
Some people believe their dandruff is caused by a dry scalp. They try to deal with this by not washing their hair with shampoo, or wash it less often, believing that washing worsens the problem. But this is a myth, dandruff differs from a dry scalp in that it usually gets better when you shampoo more frequently, especially if you give your scalp a vigorous scrub while you wash.
For those with more severe symptoms, specially designed shampoos like L’Oréal Instant Clear purifies and rebalances the scalp to significantly reduce dandruff in 3 – 5 shampoos while also leaving the hair clean and shiny.
Studies have also suggested that diets lacking in zinc and B vitamins may make some people more prone to dandruff. So adding some red meat, shellfish, nuts and dark leafy greens to your diet may also help to improve the condition.
*Most cases of dandruff don’t require a visit to the doctor. However, excessive flaking may be caused by an underlying illness or condition, such as psoriasis, a fungal infection (Malassezia), seborrheic dermatitis, or even head lice. Those who still find themselves scratching their scalp after trying out the suggested treatments, or have a red, swollen or sore scalp, should see their doctor.