Dandruff....it's like a bad word! That dry, itchy flaky scalp can be such a chore...and embarrassment. But, in order to defeat it, we must first understand it.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is an overgrowth of skin cells on the scalp that flake up and fall off. It's usually just a harmless cosmetic problem.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff can be due to medical or non-medial conditions. Medical conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and fungal and bacterial infections can cause dandruff. If you suspect you are suffering from any of these, please see a doctor.
Nonmedical reasons for dandruff
Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp can get dry, especially on the winter months. When it's cold out and warm indoors, your scalp (and skin) can get super dry and star flaking off because of the loss of moisture. How do you know if your dandruff is due to dry scalp? The flakes tend to be small and non-oily.
Ever hear of Seborrheic Dermatitis? It's a condition that causes scaly, oily, irritated skin which can fall off in patches. Mild conditions may be controlled easily, but sever conditions should be treated by a doctor. How do you know if your dandruff is due to Seborrheic Dermatitis? The flakes tend to be oily.
Using the Wrong Hair Products
Some hair products can cause scalp irritation or over/under production of sebum (the oil your scalp naturally produces), which can lead to dandruff. Also, washing your hair too often can lead to a dry scalp.
Now that we know what dandruff is and why it can happen, we can focus on defeating it. Check back next week for Dandruff: Why does it happen and how to fight it!- Part 2!