Dandruff is a common scalp condition that numerous persons worldwide suffer from; dandruff is simply a condition where the dead skin cells of the scalp are shed more rapidly and in bigger clumps than they would in persons without dandruff. Severe dandruff problems can sometimes lead to self esteem problems and self consciousness as persons with the condition are sometimes worried about dandruff being very visible, or falling onto their clothes or eyebrows; however dandruff is something that can be cured with a little determination and knowledge about what it is and its causes, so if you want to get rid of your dandruff permanently, here are a few things you can try.
- Commercial dandruff products
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Sea Breeze
Dandruff is caused by three main elements: Sebum, which is the oil secreted by the scalp to moisturize the hair, certain types of micro-organisms or yeasts that live on the scalp, or an individual may just be more susceptible to dandruff because of individual elements. Of the three, individual susceptibility is the hardest to deal with as it might be difficult to find why a particular individual suffers from the condition or how to cure it; in such a case it would probably be best to see a trichologist or dermatologist who might be able to find the problem.
If sebum is the cause of dandruff, cleanse the scalp often to remove the oil before it has time to build up; you don’t necessarily have to use a special dandruff shampoo for this, any cleansing agent will work such as regular shampoos or rinsing the hair with Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar is a good cleansing agent for hair and has the added benefit of normalizing the pH balance of the scalp, so it can also take care of dandruff problems caused by imbalances; an astringent can also be used to clean the scalp such as Sea Breeze, simply use a q-tip to apply it to the scalp only if you don’t feel like washing your hair.
For dandruff caused by micro-organisms, you may want to try specialized dandruff shampoos that contain ingredients such as pyrithione zinc or sulfur that will eliminate or control the organisms with continued use. Some people opt for placing sulfur or even tar directly onto the scalp to take care of the problem; these products may not smell very good but they have proven to be quite effective in dealing with dandruff.
Tips and Warnings
- Washing your hair too often with shampoo can dry it out and make it dull and tangled, so use a mild shampoo such as baby shampoo, a no-sulfate shampoo, or apply a cleanser that will only get on your scalp and not your hair.
- Washing your hair daily or a few times a week on a consistent basis with mild shampoo will help you control dandruff problems
- If none of these methods work for your dandruff problem, see a specialist about other options that you can try.
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