Get Rid of Pesky Flakes For Good

get rid of dandruffTalking about dandruff is a little gross, but if you contend with the affliction, you know it’s actually a real pain, and more than a little embarrassing.  What can you do to stop dandruff from appearing on your shoulders and itching its way into your life?  There are solutions, and we’re here to share them with you.

What causes dandruff?

Dandruff is actually caused by a fungus that normally stays on a person’s scalp.  The fungus is called malassezia.  When malassezia overgrows on the scalp, it causes the skin cells to grow and die more quickly, turning a 28-day renewal cycle into as little as 14 days.  With so many skin cells on the scalp being sloughed off, it’s no wonder they tend to clump together with the oils on a person’s head and shed off as white clumpy flakes.

What treatments will eliminate dandruff?

1.  Shampoo daily.  As it turns out, the oils on a person’s scalp can contribute to an overgrowth of the malassezia fungus, so unless your hair is very dry to begin with, it’s a great idea to shampoo every day.  While we’re at it…

2.  Use a dandruff shampoo.  There are several different varieties of shampoo to treat dandruff.  Look for one with one of the following ingredients:

  • zinc pyrithione
  • selenium sulfide
  • salicylic acid
  • ketoconazole

Though no ingredient is necessarily better than another, it’s good to remember that depending on the person, one treatment may work better than another. So find something that works for you.

3.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  We’ve all heard those famous three words.  Listen to them.  A second lathering may improve the active ingredient’s effectiveness.  While you’re at it, lather up and let the medication sit on your scalp for a few minutes (3-5) before rinsing.

4.  Cycle shampoos.  Sometimes you may find that the dandruff issue returns after using your dandruff shampoo for an extended time.  It’s possible that your body has developed a resistance to the active ingredient.  A simple and effective solution is to have three different shampoos on a rotation.  Change shampoo every month to keep your body from developing a resistance.

5. Try tar.  An option if regular dandruff shampoos don’t help – tar shampoo, though very drying and rather hard on hair, can be an effective solution to dandruff.   It slows down the cell turnover process in the scalp.  Make sure you use a quality conditioner, and be prepared to alternate with another shampoo.

We hope this information helps, and remember our friendly staff is always here to help with any questions you may have when you are selecting options for scalp treatment.

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