Dandruff affects most of us from time to time. It’s not particularly pleasant but this common scalp condition is not necessarily a result of poor hygiene, despite what many people may believe. Apart from being unpleasant, dandruff often is accompanied by intense itchiness of the scalp. So what causes dandruff and what can be done to treat this very common skin condition? COEV Hairdressers share the answers in our latest blog post.
What causes dandruff?
Also known as seborrhoeic dermatitis, dandruff is condition resulting in flaking or scaling skin from the scalp and affects up to 50 per cent of the population. Around 10 per cent experience severe dandruff at different periods. While the exact cause is unknown, people who have increased oil production, are prone to eczema, and have extra production of skin yeasts are more likely to develop consistent dandruff. The symptoms are normally worse during winter when there is less humidity in the air.
What can I do to treat dandruff?
There are many different approaches an individual can take to treat dandruff, each with different results depending on the individual. The most effective way to treat dandruff is to use medicated dandruff shampoos. How often these need to be used will depend on the instructions on the label. Those with a scaly scalp may find they need to use a shampoo daily, where others will find that use once or twice a week will be sufficient to keep the dandruff under control. Along with treating the flaking, medicated shampoos will also relieve uncomfortable itching of the scalp. If however you find the shampoo is causing irritation, stop use and try another brand. We have many shampoos and hair care products here our salon to control dandruff and a dry scalp.
Is there anything I can do to prevent dandruff?
Many people develop dandruff from irregular shampooing, so this is one of the first things to avoid developing dandruff. Using oil based hair products on the scalp can also cause a build-up of oil and lead to dandruff so avoiding using waxes and oily can minimise dandruff occurring. Also eating enough foods with Zinc, B vitamins and Omega 3 oils helps to promote a healthy scalp and can reduce the likelihood of dandruff developing.
As the hair care experts, we know better than anyone that dandruff is not something to get upset about. For most people it’s very manageable and most often periods of dandruff do not last. For more advice on and a haircut from one of inner Brisbane’s most recognised hair salons, call COEV Hair today on (07) 3844 4766.