Dandruff or Seborrhea is one of the most common scalp disease that majority of the population suffer from. Although, it is most common among the adolescent, but it can affect people of any age group. We all know that, at some point in our lives we have desperately tried almost all types of dandruff treatment and over-the-counter ant-dandruff shampoos, but this is one sticky problem that keeps coming back. In most cases, the problem of dandruff itself is not very serious but it is embarrassing and irritating indeed. In certain cases it can lead to other skin problems such as, pimples, acne or even worse, it can lead to social problems and lowered self-esteem.
Basic Reasons for Dandruff:
Imagine a situation where you get a chance to get close and personal with your office crush, but just as you are tucking in your shirt or top you see a drizzle of white flakes on your collars and shoulder- what on earth can be more embarrassing than this? We keep brushing it off without ever trying to get to the root of the problem. But have we ever thought that the cause of this persistent problem may lie in very simple things, like our life style, habits, diet, hygiene and stress? But no need to worry, because we bring to you some of the basic reasons for dandruff and 10 simple home remedies to get rid of it.
Poor brushing leads to a higher risk of dandruff. It is a natural mechanism for the scalp to shed the dead skin cells periodically. Proper brushing and combing of hair at least twice a day is very important to get rid of these flakes. In addition, brushing also improves air supply and blood circulation to scalp and hair that’s crucial for healthy hair.
Not Proper Shampooing:
Not enough washing of the hair leads to accumulation of dead cells and oil on the scalp which can lead to dandruff and itchy scalp. It is recommended to wash your hair every other day with a mild herbal shampoo because the detergent and chemicals present in common shampoos causes rough and frizzy hair. If you are using a conditioner after shampooing, make sure to apply it at least an inch away from the scalp and wash it off thoroughly so that no residue is left in the hair.
Excessive emotional or work stress, over-night work shift, back to back exams or an ugly divorce- all these and many more things can lead of dandruff and hair loss. Stress has impact on us both physically and mentally. But try to stick to a routine, eat healthy meals at proper times and drink plenty of water to keep situations under control.
Excessive Use of Hair Products:
While everybody out there is boasting of salon treated hair thanks to the chemical loaded styling products, it is impossible to get out with bland, plain hair. So if it is a must for you, then use the hair sprays, gels and mousse in moderation, because certain chemicals present in these products might aggravate the problem of dandruff.
To a large extent, the modern diet is also responsible for problems such as dandruff. In the present times, our staple diet consists of processed food, refined sugar, fatty and fried food that leads to inflammation, which in turn leads to flaking and dandruff. Try to limit the intake of salt, sugar and trans-saturated fat. Substitute the processed diet with an antioxidant rich diet that includes minerals like zinc and vitamin B and omega 3 fatty acids. Include lots of green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits to your diet and eat them raw as well as cooked.
People with dry skin commonly complain of dry dandruff more often. The problem surges during winter because of dry weather and cold wind. They suffer from a type of dandruff that is not oily and the flakes are smaller in size.
Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (Oily skin):
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is commonly seen in people with oily skin. It causes formation of white to yellowish flakes on oily regions of the body such as scalp, face, eye brows, side of nose, back and inside of ear.