Dandruff is a major problem which men, women, young and old face. It causes hair loss and generally women get desperate to get rid of it. They feel ashamed of it and try to hide its presence. Those suffering from dandruff are wary of wearing dark coloured clothes. Presence of dandruff affects the self confidence and self esteem.
But there is no need to be depressed by presence of dandruff. Knowing about dandruff and the causes for it can help to prevent aggravation and treatment.
What is Dandruff ?
Dandruff occurs on oily scalp as well as dry scalp. Dandruff is the dead skin cells in the scalp which flake and fall out. It occurs due to the problem in the scalp. Oily dandruff occurs due to overactive oil glands in the roots of the hair which increases the speed of natural shedding of the dead cells and causes flakiness. Some times dandruff can be on eyelids too. Dry dandruff occurs due to clogging of the oil glands and makes the hair dull, dry and lustre less.
To get rid of dandruff the hair should be shampooed every day. The scalp should be massaged thoroughly to remove the dead skin. It’s recommended to use shampoo with coal tar or salicylic acid, sulfur, selenium sulfide, or pyrithione zinc. Shampoos with tar reduce the production of cells and restore life to dry hair while the salicylic acid removes the dead cells. These shampoos also reduce the spread of fungus that cause dandruff. While using these shampoos, the instructions of use should be strictly adhered to as overuse can have negative impact.
Market is full of anti dandruff shampoos. Not all products would be effective on everyone. So if one product doesn’t work after using for a reasonable amount time, then there is no harm in trying out another one. If none work, then a skin specialist should be consulted.
Vitamins and supplements could also help with dandruff. But the doctors should be consulted before using any. Supplements that could be used are zinc lozenges, vitamin B6, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, kelp tablets, salmon oil, and primrose oil which improve the oil secretion naturally and help in healing.
Supplements suggested to be very important to aid in natural healing are zinc lozenges, vitamin B6, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, kelp tablets, salmon oil, and primrose oil. Lecithin should be includes as it strengthens the cells in the hair and scalp.