5 Dandruff Facts You Didn’t Know
You’ve tried every shampoo you know, pored through online reviews. But everything comes up short. It’s a common issue; that’s why you see dandruff shampoos during your favourite shows on TV. So here are 5 dandruff facts you should know from us at Tropika Club, so you can soon forget about gingerly telling your favourite hairdresser about your dandruff.
Here are the dandruff facts you need to know:
Fact #1: Dry scalp isn’t the only cause behind dandruff
There are several causes of dandruff, including stress, illness, suppressed immune system, or certain neurological disorders, like Parkinson’s disease. Your choice of shampoo and the way you style your hair matters too.
The more severe cases of dandruff could be caused by a chronic inflammatory skin condition. This happens when your body goes through some hormonal changes, which could increase the production of the naturally-occurring yeast (Malassezia furfur) on your body. Some people may actually be more sensitive to that yeast.
Yeast? On your head? Well, it’s a harmless part of your scalp, and it uses the oil (sebum) on your skin as nutrients. But, if there’s too much of the yeast, it may cause an inflammatory response, leading to a build-up of skin, becoming dandruff on your scalp.
Fact #2: You should still wash your hair regularly when you have dandruff
Washing your hair less often may have worked for you time to time, but staying faithful with a daily haircare regiment could help with your dandruff woes. It softens the dandruff flakes, making it easier to wash away to make way for new skin to grow. So instead of focusing on the hair when you shower, try rubbing (not scratching) the scalp to remove the sweat, oil, and other impurities on your scalp. By the time you rinse off the shampoo, the hair shaft will be cleaned.
The right shampoo will definitely go a long way. If your dandruff stubbornly comes back, you could try a shampoo with some of these ingredients:
- Zinc pyrithione – which is antibacterial and antifungal
- Coal tar – suitable for more severe cases of dandruff, such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis
- Selenium sulfide – prevents excessive shedding of dead skin cells and is an effective treatment for excessive Malassezia
- Ketoconazole – contains antifungal properties
Fact #3: Exfoliating your scalp could help
Here’s another dandruff fact you should know: most of us don’t realise how vital scalp exfoliation is in a hair-care regiment. When you’re exfoliating your scalp, you’re gently removing the top layer of dry skin, just like when you’re exfoliating your skin. Most scalp exfoliators contain salicylic acid or granules that dissolve. While those products can help break down the accumulated dead skin on your scalp that causes dandruff, take caution as the ingredients can cause irritation.
Fact #4: Oil treatments may not necessarily help with dandruff
There’s a slew of them online. Most of those homemade dandruff remedies advise you to apply warm olive or coconut oil on the scalp directly. While it may help to moisturise your dry scalp, oil dandruff treatments may make the flakes even greasier. Not to mention, it could cause irritation on your scalp as well.
Fact #5: You can still use hair styling products when you have dandruff
Yes, you can still look fabulous–as long as you recognise the contents of the products you frequently use. Check if they have any ingredients that aren’t too potent or irritating, and perhaps be wiser with how much hair products you use. At the end of the day (literally), just remember to wash your hair to prevent the accumulation of dead skin on your scalp.