Dandruff is more than just an uncomfortable and irritating cause of itching and flaking; it can also cause embarrassment and a lack of confidence in men as they brave the world.
It can cause you to avoid the barber because you don't want them to see your struggle, and you may be staying away from darker colors because the flaking on the shoulders is a giant beacon that tells everyone around you that you suffer from this condition.
But you are not alone.
According to the Internal Journal of Trichology, nearly 50 million people suffer from dandruff in the United States, and a whopping $300 million a year is spent trying to treat it. Of those 50 million people, it affects men more than women due to women being more likely to use the right products for their specific hair and skin type.
You don't need to suffer from embarrassment or avoid dark colors if you have the right knowledge to combat the condition.
In this article, we'll show you how to treat dandruff - fast.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is the name of a chronic scalp condition characterized by a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis that causes the scalp to scale, itch, and produce fine white or light yellow flakes.
The flakes themselves are caused by scalp fungus. This causes an immune response that results in an itchy and irritated scalp.
The flakes tend to fall from the scalp when the hair is touched, rubbed, or brushed.
Dandruff isn't a serious condition and it isn't contagious, but it can be quite embarrassing and plays havoc with your self-image.
What causes dandruff?
Research shows that the root cause of dandruff is a tiny fungus called Malassezia globosa. Before you panic about having a fungus in your hair, it may comfort you to know that most people have it.
Dandruff results from the fungus growing too rapidly, feeding on the excess product or oils of the scalp. Reasons for the rapid growth can be any of the following:
- Overly Oily skin - Your hair and scalp have natural oils, each person is different, and therefore the oil production varies between people. Knowing your skin type helps you figure out if your scalp is naturally more oily than others or if there are other reasons for your oily scalp. The more oil on your scalp, the more the fungus grows.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis - A condition that leaves skin red, scaley, and oily. The condition is not exclusive to your scalp, as it can also affect other areas of the body like the sides of your nose and eyebrows.
- Malassezia - This fungus is found on most people's scalps and as it grows, it creates extra skin cells, which then die and fall off, causing flakes.
- Contact Dermatitis - This is where your scalp reacts to certain ingredients in products like hair dye or artificial fragrances.
Is dandruff a sign of balding?
While dandruff doesn't directly cause baldness, there can be an indirect link between the two. The hair follicle is a critical need for the Malassezia fungus to feed and spread. And when this happens, it can cause itching. The scratching in response to the itch and irritation can damage the hair follicle and lead to hair loss.
The Internal Journal of Cosmetic Science also reports that studies show people who suffer from other skin conditions (like psoriasis or alopecia) can also see worsened symptoms due to the presence of Malassezia.
How do I get rid of dandruff naturally?
Unfortunately, dandruff is not something that you can cure. However, it is something that you can treat effectively and manage so it doesn't impact your life.
The best way to get rid of dandruff naturally is to keep your scalp and hair hydrated and avoid hair products containing harmful chemicals.
Look for ingredients like coconut oil, which is not only moisturizing but has antifungal properties that can help fight Malassezia. You also want to avoid any hair products that use artificial fragrances and harmful chemicals.
What products can I use to treat dandruff?
Oily hair is a feeding ground for Malassezia so look for a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed to fight oily hair and cleanse your scalp of impurities.
Make sure you research products carefully - your shampoo should fight the cause of dandruff, leaving you with clean, healthy hair.
Look for ingredients like Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract, Argan Kernel Oil, Sage Extract and Australian Lime Oil - which studies show is beneficial in dealing with dandruff and oily issues.
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