Embarrassing Bodies Week: Dandruff

Sunday 8 April 2012

Between 15 and 50 percent of people deal with dandruff. For some it happens every few years, while others its continuous, with bad and good weeks. Sometimes it can be obvious, and other times it's easier to hide. The most common dandruff happens when you get a reaction from a yeast fungus that naturally is in your scalp. It is not contagious and doesn't mean your dirty.

Everyone has it (the yeast), just some people will have a reaction, causing your body to get rid of the fungus by flaking. And that's how dandruff is caused! Its actually your body trying to protect you! Pretty cool right?....

Not if it happens to you! Here are some tips on getting rid of dandruff ...

The best way of getting rid, or lessening the dandruff is to use a medicated shampoo like Head and Shoulders or Nizoral. These provide the best results because they actually treat the cause of the flakes, not the flakes. They help to treat the yeast, since that's the reason why you are flaking. 

Avoid wearing dark clothes if the dandruff is particularly bad.

Stress, being ill and bad general health can all make the issue worse. So look after your inner self, and it shows on the outside.

For some people, they can get dandruff because their hair products are irritating their scalp. So choose softer versions of hair spray that are free of harsh chemicals.

A change in season can make it more noticeable in winter.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is similar to dandruff, but causes the scalp to be more inflamed. You will notice that your scalp is red with this condition. It can also be on your face and chest. It is quite common and can be helped with medicated shampoos and medication from a doctor.

Make sure you see a doctor if it persists, as it could be psoriasis or eczema. 

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