10 Tips to Eliminate Dandruff
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10 Tips to Eliminate Dandruff

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Dandruff is a common scalp condition that most people get affected with atleast once in their life time. While it may not be a serious condition for most of us lasting only a few days, for some it can be serious when associated with skin disorders like eczema, spsoriasis or sebhorrheic dermatitis. Anybody can be affected by dandruff but certain factors make you susceptible.

Factors for Dandruff are:

  • Age: normally dandruff occurs in young adults and continues up to middle age though older people may also be prone to it depending on various conditions.
  • Diet: Poor diet lacking in B vitamins or zinc can also increase the chances of dandruff.
  • Illnesses: Poor immune system, Parkinson’s disease, HIV, high stress conditions are some of the factors that can lead to dandruff.
  • Oily scalp: Often excessively oiled hair and scalp may lead to dandruff due to
  • Males : are more prone to dandruff, because of larger oil glands present in the scalp. Researcher also think it could be because of their hormones.

Before we see the tips to protect you from Dandruff, read what causes it, so that you can prevent them.

Causes of Dandruff are:

  • Dry skin:  The most common cause of dandruff is dry skin. Those who normally suffer from dry body skin also have a dry flaky scalp that causes dandruff.
  • Oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis):  Greasy, red and irritating skin with flaky yellow or white scales is often the cause of dandruff. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disorder affecting the regions where the sebaceous glands are most active such as scalp, face, chest, nose sides, perineal and torso areas.
  • Other skin conditions: Sometimes skin conditions such as psoriasis with red scaly patches which are either localized or spread all over the body including the scalp also cause dandruff. 
  • Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis) – Often subjecting your scalp to chemicals from hair care products such as hair dye, styling products or shampooing often can lead to dandruff leading to itchy dry and scaly scalp.

When to see a doctor?

If over the counter anti-dandruff shampoos don’t help and you have an persistent itchy feeling for several weeks, you must see a doctor for medical advice. Doctors can identify immediately by looking at your scalp if you have any other skin condition that resembles dandruff like  seborrheic dermatitis.

10 Tips to Prevent Dandruff:

  1. Dandruff is contagious, therefore do not share combs.
  2. Eat vitamin B rich foods like whole grains, egg yolk, nuts and cauliflower. Biotin supplements are also helpful.
  3. Cut down oily food, carbonated drinks and alcohol. Food rich in Omega 6 fatty acids curbs the development of dandruff.
  4. Badly maintained hair, unclean scalp and improper nourishment, aid growth of dandruff. Wash hair with medicated or herbal shampoo.
  5. Egg-based shampoo helps to overcome excess flaking.
  6. Pat your hair dry after washing hair, as moisture serves to breed dandruff.
  7. A paste of fenugreek applied to scalp helps overcome dandruff
  8. Using water boiled with neem leaves for washing hair helps fight dandruff.
  9. Application of cider vinegar to the scalp one hour after hair wash helps.
  10. Add 4-5 drops of tea oil to your shampoo for washing your scalp. Also, Flax seed oil or vitamin E oil combined with egg based shampoo to wash hair, helps to ease off dandruff.