Getting Rid of Dandruffs


What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a condition in which flakes and chunks of dead skin are shed from a persons scalp. It is a common scalp disorder affecting almost half of the population at the pre-pubertal age and of any gender and ethnicity. Contrary to popular belief, it is not always caused by a dry scalp, many people with oily scalps are also afflicted.

Causes of Dandruff

  • Using Unsuitable Shampoos. The skin of the scalp can react to a shampoo by flaking. This is more likely to happen with poor quality shampoos. Hence, always use shampoos made by reputed companies.
  • Using Hair Oil. This tends to increase of fungal elements. Although temporarily the flakes may appear to lessen, as they tend to stick to the scalp because of the oil, ultimately the
    dandruff is likely to increase.
  • Excessive dryness on the scalp can also be a cause of dandruff. Some skin disorders like early seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, fungal infections of the scalp, occasionally bacterial infections, etc., are likely to manifest as just dandruff, especially in the initial stages.
  • Excessive oiliness can lead to dandruff. Excessive oiliness is common in teenagers who have a tendency towards pimples/acne. During the teenage life, some amount of scaling is normal. It tends to wax and wane and generally clears up between the ages of twenty and twenty-five.
  • Stress can also lead to dandruff. If you are prone to dandruff, it certainly does fluctuate with stress. And the more stress you’re under, the worse it gets.

Do’s of Dandruff Care

It is important to realize that dandruff is a normal physiological process. It is perceived as a disease when the scaling is noticeable and the scalp turns itchy.

  • If the dandruff is mild, shampoo hair twice a week with shampoos labeled “frequent use, for dry hair and scalp”. The moisturizers will protect the scalp and keep it from flaking.
  • Use shampoo powders with camellia seeds for mild cases.
  • Moderate dandruff sufferers use a normal anti-dandruff shampoo daily or alternate days, leaving the lather on for at least 10 minutes. Be sure to rinse thoroughly; shampoo and soap residue can actually aggravate skin problems. Once the dandruff is under control, shift to weekly twice shampooing.
  • For more severe dandruff, you should use shampoos containing anti-yeast medications like selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, climbazole etc. These should be used on alternate days in the first week, twice a week for next 2-4 weeks, thereafter once weekly.
  • After bath towel off the excess water and let the hair dry naturally, that is without blow drying.
  • Brush the scalp hair with a soft natural bristle brush. Firmly brush the hair from scalp outwards. This will distribute the oil along the hair shaft keeping it shiny and healthy; rather than remaining on the scalp where it is a good medium for the yeast to multiply.
  • Hair should be washed daily, with shampoo used on alternate days to begin with and weekly once or twice as maintenance.
  • Eat well balanced food, avoid snacks, get 7-8 hours good sleep and exercise regularly.
  • Learn to relax on a regular basis.
  • If the condition persists or worsens after treatment, stop all medications and see a dermatologist.

Don’ts of Dandruff Care

There a number of precautions which will help you get rid of dandruff fast and also avoid frequent recurrences.

  • Do not use ordinary soap to wash hair. Ordinary soap is not designed to cleanse the scalp and hair.
  • Do not wash hair intensively, this can irritate the scalp and increase the cell turn over and flakes.
  • Do not use anti-dandruff shampoos in mild, dry type of dandruff. This will actually compound the problem.
  • Avoid dyes on the scalp hair as far as possible. The normal resident bacteria of the scalp which keeps away the yeasts will be destroyed by dyes and harsh shampoos.
  • Do not use anti-dandruff shampoos daily after the dandruff clears, as these are too harsh. Use no more than once or twice a week.
  • Moderate and severe types of dandruff are oily type; avoid oily and greasy applications in such cases.
  • Do not consume alcohol, fried, spicy, fast food.

Dandruff Home Remedies

  • Mix 1 egg with 1 cup of yogurt and apply the mixture on the scalp. Leave it for 1/2 an hour and then wash it.
  • People should avoid spicy and greasy food because it helps dandruff to increase and spread. People should add more vegetables and fruits on the diet. It is very essential to take fresh foods avoid taking tinned and canned foods add more green vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid or decrease your intake of fried foods, dairy products, sugar, chocolate and nuts.
  • Boil a mixture of 4-5 dried thyme and two cups of water for 10 minutes. When the mixture cools down, massage it on the scalp and leave it for 1/2 an hour. Then wash it and you will automatically see the results. You will now be having a dandruff-free head.
  • Strong tea, coffee and processed foods should be avoided while you are suffering dandruff.
  • You can also use Aloe Vera gel as a remedy for curing excess of dandruff. Apply the gel on your scalp 10-15 minutes before you plan to wash your hair. Regular use of the gel before shampooing will help you to get rid of dandruff.


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  1. Shydub

    March 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

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