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How to Get Rid of Dandruff

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dandruff is a mysterious ailment and a mild inflammation of the scalp. It is a kind of an itchy, and persistent skin disorder of the scalp associated with inefficient hair care.

In dandruff the scalp sheds dead epidermal (skin) cells which are some kind of visible dust-like stuff or flakes that falls from scalp to shoulders. Dandruff can happen at any age but is most commonly found in people between the ages of 12 and 80 and causes itching or soreness of the scalp. Dandruff is made up of bits of dead skin that the scalp sheds due to effects of metabolism.

Prolonged dandruff followed by itchiness, can lead to eczema if it worsens. Our entire body sheds dead skin cells every twenty-four days. If the scalp doesn't shed its dead epidermal cells then it would lead to excessively thick human scalp ,but when the shedding is very often ,then it leads to dandruff.

While dandruff does not actually cause hair loss, you can have a full head of hair and still have dandruff, it should be cleared up if possible, as a clean scalp can only help prevent hair loss. It is observed that people with dry scalp have more chances of dandruff than people with oily scalp.

Methods of Getting Rid of Dandruff

Try using commercial dandruff shampoos to get rid of your dandruff.
A good anti-dandruff shampoo should contain salicylic acid, zinc pryithione, selenium sulfide, coal tar, or ketoconazole, all of which treat irritated skin cells. If you're not sure which product to try first, ask a professional, like your hair stylist or dermatologist. If you sucessfully get rid of your dandruff and choose to go back to a regular-formula shampoo and conditioner, use smaller amounts and make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid further scalp irritation from over-washing.

Consider changing your styling regimine to get rid of dandruff.
Compound build-up from styling products (hair gels, creams, waxes, dyes) and heat and perspiration from hair dryers and irons can cause the scalp irritation and build-up that contributes to dry or oily scalps.

Treat a dry scalp with moisturizing oils and lotions to get rid of dandruff.
An invigorating scalp scrub or oil (try something with peppermint in it) can help to heal dry and flaky skin, as well as improve circulation -- another key factor in the presence of dandruff. Other ways to improve circulation to and treat an irritated scalp include alternating rinses under cold and warm water, exercising in the fresh air and sunshine (use sunscreen), and brushing or massaging your scalp before shampooing.

A healthy diet can prevent and get rid of dandruff.
Excessive intake of fats, oils, starches, sugars can create the imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that cause an unhealthy scalp and, in turn, dandruff. B Vitamins (especially B6), Vitamin A, healthy fats found in nuts and flax, garlic, and oil of oregano are all feasible dandruff-fighting dietary supplements. Food allergies can also be behind your dandruff; common allergies include chocolate, nuts, and shellfish.

Stress and anxiety can contribute to dandruff.
Emotional, mental, and physical stress play a huge factor in your overall health, dandruff and scalp included. Lack of sleep and rest, stress and worry about your work and/or personal life, illness, and fluctuating hormones can all contribute to your dandruff problem. Just because something bigger doesn't seem directly connected to the state of your scalp doesn't mean you can discount in your dandruff treatment plan. Be aware of your mental and emotional state of health, and be willing take steps to improve problems there in order to get rid of physcial problems like dandruff.

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