Dandruff can be super depressing! I went through a phase in high school or maybe early college where my dandruff became much more noticeable and a little out of control. I will say for something that really seems menial in life, it was super bothersome! And especially if you have dark hair or short hair, it’s all that more noticeable. If you’ve dealt with dandruff in the past or your currently dealing with it now, have no fear because there are plenty of ways to combat it! But first, let’s learn about it, because knowledge is power right!? Here are the top reasons for problematic dandruff in our lives!
Seborrheic dermatitis – Does the ‘oily skin’ reference surprise you!? I had assumed dandruff with dry skin! Most frequent cause of dandruff!
People with seborrheic dermatitis are very prone to dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis affects many areas of the skin, including the backs of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows, and the sides of the nose. It’s similar to a fungus in that it feeds on the oils that our hair follicles secrete (that word is almost as bad as moist). If the fungus-like dermatitis gets out of control, it causes irritated skin and your hair follicles secrete even more oils than necessary. When this occurs, that’s when you see the white flakes all over your scalp.
People who are sensitive to yeast have a slightly higher risk of developing dandruff. Those who have a yeast sensitivity have dandruff worse in the winter months than the summer months. Yeast overgrowth can be caused by stress, hormones, too much oil on the scalp, or problems with the immune system.
This is where mine comes from! Dry skin causes your actual skin to flake more often, thus dandruff occurs! In this instance, your flakes won’t be oily in texture.
Not Enough Shampooing
I wash my hair a couple times a week, so I can imagine this has played a role in my sporadic dandruff as well. If you don’t shampoo often, it can cause a buildup of oil and dead skin cells causing dandruff. Experts are a little iffy on this – though I tend to think it makes sense.
People with skin conditions like psoriasis & eczema tend to experience dandruff more often! And that is because of dry skin flaking off! These flakes will usually have a silver tint to them.
Not Enough Hair (Scalp) Brushing
If you’re not brushing your hair often, you will tend to send a build up of dead skin cells and oils. You’re not using a tool to aid in in the shedding of the skin!
Experts associate skin conditions with high stress levels. So if you’re noticing your stressed, you may start to notice some irritation on your scalp that can lead to dandruff.
Some other factors include –
- Age – most younger adults experience dandruff & it’s not all that common in older adults
- Gender – men are more likely to get dandruff than women
- Certain illnesses – individuals with HIV and Parkinson’s disease are more likely to suffer from seborrheic dermatitis.
#CheekyConfidential Did you know that babies can even suffer from dandruff? Cradle cap causes a crusty, scaly scalp!
So now that your brains are large & in charge since you’re so darn smart, how do we combat & prevent dandruff in the future!?
When selecting an over-the-counter shampoo, look for antidandruff ingredients such as ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, sulfur, coal tar, or zinc pyrithione.
Some suggested products include –
- Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo
- Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil Moisturizing Shampoo
- The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care #CheekysChoice
- Aveda Scalp Benefits
Want to go the natural route? There are plenty of tried and true options!
- Crush up 2 aspirins and add it to your normal shampoo dose, leave on for 2 minutes, rinse and then re-wash hair.
- Add a couple drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo & proceed as normal
- Apparently good old Dr. Oz swears by this method – Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of water in a spray bottle and spritz a good amount on your scalp. Wrap your head in a dry towel and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week.
- Before showering, massage a few tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and let sit for an hour. Shampoo as you normally would.
Most of the time, over-the-counter shampoos or natural solutions will help combat your dandruff, however your dermatologist can certainly help you out!