Causes of Dandruff And How To Treat It
Ever stepped out of the shower feeling clean and beautiful and then you look closely in the mirror and realize you have white flakes sticking all over your wet hair? The most common problem 50% of the people face is to have to clean their shoulders every time they brush their hair or even when they scratch their head. Wondering what I’m talking about? Yes! You guessed right. It’s dandruff. An itchy scalp and flakiness are an indication of this condition. Dandruff can be embarrassing and hard to treat but don’t you worry, we are here to provide you with a few tips, tricks and even some home remedies so you can finally start wearing black again. But, severe cases must be seen by a doctor.
This condition is not related to poor hygiene, but it may be more visible if a person does not wash or brush their hair often. But, dandruff isn’t really about your hair, it’s really about the skin on your scalp. Symptoms of dandruff may include skin flakes on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache, and shoulders, an itchy scalp and scaly, crusty scalp in infants with cradle cap. Other causes include dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, sensitivity to hair products and the growth of a specific type of yeast called malessazia that lives on the scalp.
Excess use of hairspray and hair gel may also cause this flakiness. Usually men develop dandruff more frequently than women and people who tend to have oilier hair or live with certain illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease or HIV are also at higher risk. You may have started to notice symptoms around puberty, but dandruff can develop at any age. Dandruff can get worse when you’re stressed or sick. Cold, dry winters can trigger dandruff or make it worse, too.