Causes of Dandruff and its Treatment

by pinksoda

You combed or brushed your hair and these scales from your scalp fell like snowflakes settling on your eye brows, shoulder and clothes. You can’t scratch your scalp too because they fall as if it’s Christmas time already! Now you can’t even wear black as it’s making the situation more embarrassing. That’s how annoying dandruff is! The scales sometimes even appear as lumps or crusts on the scalp! That’s bothersome.

Many people suffer from persistent or recurring dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis. The main causes of having this are the Impairment of general health, development of toxic condition mainly due to taking of wrong foods. Sugar is one of the biggest diet culprits that can make your scalp flake. But it’s not just sugar from the places you would expect, like candy, sodas or the molasses and syrups you put on your pancakes. Sugar can be masked under a variety of names and in products you wouldn’t even think of. Check labels for the following names which signal sugar content: corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose and sorghum. Also, lessening up the yeast content of your diet helps, since most cases of dandruff is a result of a yeast imbalance on your scalp. This means limiting baked goods, beer, wine and alcohol.

A 5 day all fruit diet is recommended. Take three meals a day of juicy fruits. However, AVOID Citrus fruits, bananas, dried , stewed or tinned fruits.

Avoid strong tea/coffee, pickles, refined and processed foods. Meats, sugar, white flour and condiments.

Most people turn to shampoos for relief. Well bad news! Other factor contributing to this scalp condition are harsh shampoos too. Recently, shampoo manufacturers have been paying much more attention to the scent of such products, and they can now be found in a variety of scents, with many even having conditioner to help add sheen to your locks. The key to the shampoos is to make sure they have ZPT (zinc pyrithione) in them. This is the active ingredient that will ensure treatment of your scalp. . Emotional tension, exposure to cold and general exhaustion is also contributors.

Your beauty regimen may be what is causing your flaking, as well. Changes in climate can set a case of dandruff off.

a. Hair Blow-drying – this is a change in climate, although a temporary one. But it can still dry out your scalp and make you itch. To avoid this, keep your blow dryer as far away from the scalp as possible, preferably 8-10 inches.

 b. Hot water you use in the shower – The water can strip your scalp of natural oils needed to protect it from flaking. Using a conditioner and rinsing it out with cold water can help avoid this. The added benefit is that this closes hair shafts, adding extra shine to your mane.

c. Avoiding gels and hair sprays that contain alcohol will also help, since alcohol can also dry out your scalp

Natural and homemade remedies abound for a pesky case of dandruff. One of the cheapest and most common is to mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two cups of hot water and massaging it into your scalp, or using it to rinse out yourdandruff shampoo. The smell of the vinegar fades quite quickly, if you are worried about odors. Vitamin E oil rubbed into the scalp then rinsed with cool water can help with the itching. Instead of buying a bottle of oil, you can squeeze some out of the caplets you may already have at home in your medicine chest. Speaking of oils, aloe Vera oil left on the scalp overnight is a great way to get rid of flaking. A spray bottle with one tablespoon of Australian tea tree oil (found in health food stores and many supermarkets now) and one cup of water can be spritzed right onto the scalp and left in until you shower. A strongly-brewed cup of black tea used to rinse out your shampoo will help, too. But beware! This can temporarily tint your hair, so blondes and red heads would not be advised to try this treatment.

The use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy. This not only leaves the hair glowing but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff.

The foremost consideration in the treatment of this disorder is to keep the hair and scalp clean so as to minimize the accumulation of Dead Cells.

If any of these treatments do not give you a noticeable improvement within a week to ten days, then you may have more than a simple case of dandruff. If the flakes on your scalp are oilier and/or resemble scales, then you could very well have a case of seborrhea or psoriasis. Though some of the stronger, tar shampoos claim to help with this, in these cases, it is advisable to see a doctor. A dermatologist can prescribe certain shampoos or medicines that can clear up these conditions better than anything sold over-the-counter.

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