Do pesky white flakes prevent you from wearing dark colors? Have you already tried a variety of anti-dandruff shampoos and lotions, with no long-term solution? Well, these are the common stories related to the dandruff problem. It can be tiresome to take care of, but you’re not alone in this struggle. There are ways to manage it so that it does not become a huge responsibility.
Here are 5 things to know about dandruff that will help you tackle it better:
1. Dandruff is the scaling of skin cells from your scalp.
If scaling is minimal and there is no inflammation, it is not necessarily a problem. But, when the fungal colonies increase on your scalp, it causes excessive scaling. And then, the dandruff problem occurs.
2. In some cases, what appears to be ‘dandruff’, can be a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.
It is a condition that involves the inflammation of an oily skin surface. This type of dandruff is also associated with the redness of the scalp, itching of the skin underneath or sometimes even boils. If you get rashes or redness on the seborrheic areas of your body such as scalp, chest, behind the ears, nasal folds, eyebrows, and eyelashes, make sure you get a checkup done by a dermatologist.
3. Dandruff doesn’t occur only on dry scalps.
Excessive scaling in people with oily scalps often leads to greasy flakes. However, these flakes are usually stuck to the scalp due to the oil. These flakes are hardly visible. But, this oil production can also contribute to the increase in fungal growth.
But, this does not mean that everyone with an oily scalp will always have dandruff. It is subjective and varies from person to person.
4. Dandruff causes hair fall, however mild it may be.
Mild dandruff might lead to the hair fall problems. Those with seborrheic dermatitis often experience chronic hair shedding. This is also the reason that not washing hair for more than 3-4 days can cause more hair fall in the shower, as compared to washing hair every day. The grease and the pollution, build up during this time frame, along with the physiological scaling. This irritates the hair follicles and eventually leads to shedding.
Remember! Treating your dandruff is a critical factor in preventing hair fall.
5. Actively treating dandruff means removal of the flakes and reducing the fungal growth.
There are various anti-dandruff preparations that include leaving on lotions and shampoos. But, scaling of the skin cells from your scalp is an ongoing process. Some people are just prone to the increased fungus on their scalp. That is why anti-dandruff treatments do not last for long.
Get treatments done, on a regular basis to keep your scalp clean, i.e, free of oil and fungus. This will reduce the intensity and the frequency of your dandruff.
Look for products such as ketoconazole, ciclopirox olamine, zinc pyrithione and selenium sulfide. For those with severe dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, oral antifungal treatments – prescribed under a dermatologist’s supervision – may be required.
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About the Author:
Dr. Sonam Vimadalal (MBBS, DDVL), is a dermatologist based in Mumbai, and Co-Chief Medical Officer at Remedico.
“For any skin or hair issue, getting a professional guidance is always the best bet!
Medical professionals and certified dermatologists would be the best people to guide you and in fact, these days you do not even have to visit the clinic as you can get your personal doctor online. (Who would have thought that diet and fitness would go online? SQUATS changed the game altogether!)
One such clinic is ‘Remedico’ which provides online skin and hair consultation. You just need to send your pictures and communicate with your doctor online to share your problems. They send you a personal treatment plan and support you throughout.