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What Causes Dandruff?
If your scalp is always itchy and you start seeing white flakes on your shoulders, these are signs that you’ve got dandruff. Fortunately, it’s not contagious, but it is a problem that’s uncomfortable, annoying, and embarrassing. But what causes it?
Dandruff is thought to be caused by a fungus called malassezia, a fat-eating fungus, which lives on the scalp of most healthy adults.
While it does not cause problems for most people, malassezia can sometimes grow out of control and begin feeding on the oil on your scalp.
The result is increased cell turnover and a large number of dead skin cells. These cells, combined with dirt and oil from your hair and scalp, form flaky white scales.
Please note however, there are several conditions that can be confused as dandruff. There’s psoriasis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, or contact dermatitis, which present similar symptoms.
So if not sure, consult your GP or dermatologist to make sure you’re treating the right condition.
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The Most Common Cause Behind Your Dry, Itchy, and Flaky Scalp By Nevo Hair Salon Mount Waverley Call Us On 03 9888 2701
A dry and itchy scalp can dampen even the liveliest of moods. It can also be a major source of embarrassment as it is often accompanied by pesky flakes that fall onto your shoulders.
The most common cause behind a dry, itchy, and flaky scalp is uncontrolled dandruff. Dandruff is a condition caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus that feeds on the dead skin cells and oils on your scalp.
To control dandruff, most dermatologists recommend anti-dandruff shampoos. How often should you wash your hair? You need to wash your hair everyday or every other day to reduce buildup. Remember, the fungus that’s causing this condition feeds on dead skin cels and oils so it’s important to keep your hair and scalp as clean as possible.
In addition to cleansing your hair and scalp with an anti-fungal shampoo, you can also control dandruff by doing the following:
– Manage stress. Yes, dandruff is often a symptom of unmanaged stress.
– Limit your use of hairstyling products. Daily use of styling aids can result in residue buildup.
– Cut back on the use of heat styling stools. Daily use of flat irons, hairdryers, and curling irons can damage your hair and dry our your scalp.
– Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in zinc, B vitamins, antioxidants, and low in sugar to control dandruff flares.
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