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Dealing with dandruff

Dandruff can be a pesky condition to deal with. While it’s just shedding of dead skin cells, not only does it leave you with embarrassing white flakes, it also leads to itchiness. But, don’t worry! It’s not a difficult condition to manage – if you know what’s causing it. Instead of searching for the best anti dandruff shampoo, look for factors such as stress, genes, hormones and unbalanced diet. Several skin conditions can also cause dandruff. Take a deeper look into what’s causing it, so that you can fight and treat it effectively.

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Skin issues often lead to dandruff

The next time you see white flakes, blame your skin! Dandruff is often caused by dry skin, or a dry scalp. In such cases, you will see small, oily flakes form on your scalp. On the other hand, if the flakes are white or yellow, and are accompanied by a very oily, red, inflamed scalp, you could be suffering from seborrheic dermatitis.

Other skin disorders that can lead to dandruff include eczema, an inflammatory skin condition and psoriasis, a skin condition that causes a rapid build up of dead skin cells. Dandruff can also be caused by fungal infections such as malassezia (an inflammatory skin disorder), as they irritate your skin and lead to an increase in the number of dead skin cells in your body.

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There’s a way to beat it

There’s no one way to treat dandruff, but there are several natural remedies for it! You do have to be careful though, because treatment for one type of dandruff may actually be counterproductive for another kind. A quick example is how you should treat dry scalp and seborrheic dermatitis dandruff differently. Moisture is great for dry scalp dandruff – but it could aggravate seborrheic dermatitis! So, make sure you know what sort of dandruff you suffer from before trying to treat it on your own.

Once you do know, home remedies for dandruff come to a quick rescue. Try applying lemon juice or aloe vera gel to your hair before you wash it to deal with dry skin dandruff. For oily skin, the best dandruff treatment is to apply a mixture of equal amounts apple cider vinegar and water, as it helps to soothe your scalp and reduce inflammation. You can also try using a paste of baking soda and water, which will help to absorb excess oil. If your dandruff is being caused by a fungal infection in your scalp, apply a mixture of tea tree oil with grape and walnut extracts – this will cure the infection and also treat dandruff.

Psoriasis and eczema are serious conditions, so you will need to find the best anti dandruff shampoo for them, often a medicated one. Finally – remember that following a healthy lifestyle, especially reducing stress and eating a well-balanced diet, plays an important role in managing dandruff.


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Eeeks, what on earth is that white, flaky stuff on your head & shoulders?!

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Having dandruff is not just a physical problem that needs to be treated patiently and carefully. It needs to be tackled in a larger sense, taking societal factors into consideration.

The Problems

What is the stigma attached to such a visible affliction? First off, you feel really, really embarrassed about Dandruff. There are so many who suffer from emotional symptoms when they realize that flakes of skin are affecting their social interactions? They try to cover up by –

• Wearing hats all the time to cover up dandruff

• Not wearing black clothes so the white flakes don’t show, even though they know black is a slimming color

• Continuously wiping the white flakes off, sneaking into the bathroom or another room to check their shoulders for any flakes

• Feeling very self-conscious at school, college, work or social occasions, and worried about body image and dandruff at the same time

• Wearing gloves to stop themselves from scratching their hair and making it flake even more, and then making it bleed

• Being worried about what other people might think about their personal hygiene

• Suffering embarrassing or misunderstood intimate moments with partner about how they have tried, but nothing seems to work

• Trying various commercial anti dandruff products in vain – some make it better or worse and most are expensive when you have to continuously have to use them.

What is Dandruff?

There are often two confusing aspects of what people see as white flaky bits, which are medically diagnosed dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Dry scalp is often treated by hairstylist.

There are a few major differences between dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff is usually recognized by larger, greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells which are yellowish or grey. They may come off in your hair brush or stick to your hair or scalp, and are accompanied by itching. Dandruff, unlike dry scalp, is usually associated with a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp and can be contagious.

If you have dandruff, you should not share brushes, combs, hats, towels, hair clips, or anything else that touches your head, and you should clean and disinfect brushes, etc. after each use. There are different types of dandruff and the type and cause can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

In general, it takes around 2 weeks for the old skin cells to push their way to the surface of the scalp and replace themselves with new ones. Dandruff is caused when the skin cells flake off faster than the skin can cope with and then cause the skin cells to become inflamed with a fungus, causing them to become white and flaky in appearance.

How do you recognize Dandruff symptoms?

You may have some of these symptoms and are wondering what to do.

• Dry or oily scalp

• Yellowish, grayish, or white flaky skin cells on your clothes or bedding

• Itchy scalp

• Redness on scalp

• Inflammation on the scalp. It’s not always visible, but feels a bit raised up from the normal areas.

Who Can Get Dandruff?

Many people think that dandruff is just an old person’s hair condition. To tell you the truth dandruff affects every age, from toddlers (often called cradle cap) to teenagers to middle-aged adults.

Look out for this space, we shall explore ways of tackling this embarrassing affliction.

Meanwhile, do check out various organic and effective options to tackle this affliction, on http://www.naturalmantra.com. You can order them and get them delivered at your doorstep easily!