Mostly everyone knows what dandruff is, those white flakes that fall on your shoulders or collar. Many people have dealt with dandruff or know someone that has. It is a common thing to experience, but most are not happy when it happens to them. It can be embarrassing for some, and irritating for others. Itchiness is a common side effect of dandruff, which also adds to all the flakes on your shoulders.
Dandruff is basically skin cells that grow and die too quickly. Reasons that this happens are hard to understand, and researchers don’t all agree on the cause. One common proposed reason that some people may have heard of is seborrheic dermatitis. This can appear on other areas of the body besides the scalp as well. So what is the deal and how do you deal with it? Here are some good tips and strategies below.
Try a medicated shampoo.
Medicated shampoos are one of the most effective treatments for dandruff that you can purchase over the counter. They contain different ingredients that can help control dandruff. Try using one type once or twice a week depending on the severity of your symptoms. If you notice that the kind you are using seems to work for a while and then doesn’t seem to have the same effect it used to, switch to another kind with another ingredient meant to control dandruff. Those that have really bad dandruff can alternate two different kinds every week, if needed.
Try a topical medicine.
Cortisone or antifungal creams can help make a difference in how much dandruff you are experiencing. Cortisone creams can be purchased in .5% or 1%. They are safe to use on your face and scalp and can be very helpful in just a few days when applied twice daily. Antifungal creams can help as they reduce the number of yeast organisms that are living on the skin. These creams can be used in addition to medicated shampoos if you feel the need to do so.
We want you to have amazing and strong hair that is healthy and lovely. Sometimes we have to take care of problems we would rather not be having to achieve this goal. Use the tips above if you are struggling with dandruff, most primary care physicians can also direct you to some resources if you feel the need to go to a doctor.