Dandruff is a common scalp condition resulting in excessive flaking of the scalp. At any point of time more than half the population of any geographical region would have dandruff and everyone goes through it at some point of time or the other. It is not a contagious or serious condition but mostly causes discomfort and more often embarrassment.
Dandruff symptoms are usually obvious with white, oily-looking flakes of dead skin that dot your hair and shoulders and a possibly dry and itchy scalp. The condition may worsen during the fall and winter and improve during the summer.
One of the commonest reasons for dandruff is infrequent headbaths or not shampooing enough. We never forget to use a soap while bathing but often at times neglect shampooing. The oil and dead skin cells accumulate on the scalp and over a period of time become thick greasy plaques or powdery flakes cover the entire scalp causing further irritation.
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Another condition where dandruff becomes severe is when people have irritated oily skin resulting in a condition called Seborrheic dermatitis where apart from the irritation and redness over the scalp other areas which are rich in oil-producing glands like the eyebrows, side of the nose, back of ear, groins and armpits are affected resulting in a generalised inflammation over these areas.
Other factors include fungal or yeast infections with organisms like Malassezia, people with sensitive dry skin and sensitivity to certain inappropriate hair products like shampoos, dyes, gels, straightening creams and products.
Diet can also be implicated with requirement of certain elements like Zinc, Vitamin B and essential fatty acids.
Neglecting dandruff leads to excessive hair fall and further distress. Early management of mild dandruff is often done with gentle hair cleansers and conditioners whereas severe dandruff needs a more aggressive approach with medications, lotions and other preparations.
At Heler Dandruff specialists, the dermatologists will help you take care of your dandruff worries providing the best hair care measures and medications. Hair being very sensitive, never take dandruff lightly as using the right hair care products are essential for a healthy scalp and promotes good nourishment of your hair.