Dandruff is a common scalp disorder, marked by flaking of the skin of the scalp. Even though it is not contagious, it can cause hair fall and social embarrassment, and can be difficult to treat. Often with dandruff, there is constant itching; and failure to resist scratching can worsen the problem. Dandruff can affect people of all ages, but is predominant in males. To keep dandruff from coming back, we advise dandruff treatments for the scalp – but knowing the principal cause of dandruff is just as important. Read on to know the main causes of hair dandruff.
Seborrheic Dermatitis and other infections
Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common cause of dandruff. It is marked by a reddish, greasy scalp, covered with flaky, white scales. It affects not only the scalp, but other parts of the body that are susceptible to oils. Such as eyebrows, sides of the nose, the area behind one’s ears et cetera. Malassezia is a fungus that is found on most adults’ scalps. It can, however, often irritate the scalp and trigger profuse growth of skin cells, which later fall off in the form of flakes. Other infections like psoriasis and eczema are also responsible for dandruff, in some cases.
Excessive use of hair products
Conventional shampoos can be no better than harsh detergents and perfumes that can corrode the scalp. Get a medicinal, anti-dandruff shampoo, with soothing ingredients like the PHS Hairscience Purifying homecare range. To add, some of the gels and hair creams you are using might be too harsh for the scalp. Hair products containing chemicals, preservatives and alcohol that can dehydrate the scalp, rendering it flaky, and vulnerable to dandruff and hair breakage, so always opt for products containing botanical ingredients.
Experts are divided over how often one should shampoo their hair, but ideally, it depends on how greasy one’s scalp is. If you are not washing your hair enough, chances are that oil and dead cells accumulate on your scalp, leading to dandruff and itchiness. It is advised that one should wash their hair on alternate days using a mild shampoo. Conditioners, if used, should be washed off thoroughly.
Diet and lifestyle problems
To a large extent, modern lifestyle and its irregular and unhealthy eating habits are also at blame for dandruff and hair loss. If you regularly consume fatty food, processed or packaged juices and junk food, your body is prone to a lot of lifestyle complications including dandruff. Not just sugar, but excess of salt and trans-saturated fat can also cause dandruff. Instead, try to consume antioxidants, minerals like vitamin B and zinc, in addition to essential fatty acids.
People whose skin has a tendency to be dry or develop extreme dryness during winters can often develop hair dandruff. To treat this, receive an expert therapy at PHS Hairscience, so that moisture required for healthy growth, can be restored. A balanced approach to work and life, and regular exercise is instrumental to keeping dandruff and other health problems at bay.