How to cure dandruff
Everybody knows that old and dead skin cells have to fall or be removed at some point so that the newer skin can take place. Why would scalp be the exception from the rule? Actually it isn't, but that doesn't make things easier to accept. No one likes this “snowy look”. Although dandruff may not be permanently cured, there are ways to treat it and stop it from affecting you, therfore giving the impression the dandruff has been cured.
What is Dandruff?
It is flake of dead skin that is peeled away from the scalp at an excessive rate. Normally they are not supposed to be seen by necked eye, but when they grow bigger they become a bothersome problem.
You have to know that dandruff:
- is not a consequence of a dry skin; on contrary, they appear as a result of too much oiliness on the skin
- is not ahair problem as it was believed, but a skin disorder
- is not caused by too much shampooing or by use of hair cosmetics
- appears because of some micro-organisms called pityrosporum-ovale which live on the skin and normally do not cause problems, but unfortunately for some people, they can get out of control
- is a seasonal problem (worse on winters and mild on summers)
- can not be completely eliminated because it is a natural process of the body, but can be kept under control.
Internal causes of dandruff
- too much emotional stress and lack of rest
- poor nutrition (too much fat, sugar)
- genetic predisposition
- unbalanced hormonal situation
- some health problem
External causes of dandruff
- weather conditions (cold and dry winters can aggravate the dandruff)
- poor hygiene
- improper rising of the hair and scalp
- too many hair-coloring products
There is no permanent cure for dandruff
There is no permanent cure for dandruff, but taking some measures to prevent it recurring and doing so continuously should enable you to live without the fear of not being able to wear darker coloured clothing.
There are though some dos and don'ts you have to know about it:
Wide choice of dandruff shampoos, but only few are good
- do change your diet; eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
- do drink plenty of water; it helps eliminating the toxins from your body
- do rinse your hair and scalp properly after shampooing
- do use proper hair product
- do know that selenium, vitamin B and E and zinc supplements may help you
- do try home remedies (Aloe Vera gel, lime juice or a mixture of vinegar and water applied on the scalp; a massage of the scalp with a mixture of almond and olive oil)
- don't use the comb or brush from a person that suffers from dandruff
- don't use Hydrocortisone cream without talking to your doctor
- don't use any drugs without a medical advice (maybe you don't have dandruff, but seborrheic dermatitis and the drugs may aggravate instead of curing)
- don't scratch your scalp; you can increase the risk of infection.
On the cosmetic market, you can find a large variety of dandruff shampoos. The best ones for your problem are those containing anti-microbials like zinc, sulfur, ketoconazole or selenium sulfide. The shampoo should be left on your scalp for five minutes (while you massage the scalp gently) and than rinse with plenty of water.
Dandruff shampoos don't cure the problem, but can dimish the growth of dead cells. Someof the most well known anti dandruff shampoos are: Nizoral, Panten Pro-V, Head and Shoulders, Tegrin, Selsun, Sebutone, Ionil and Z-Tar and T-Gel.
Find the one that suits you best and stick with it.
Nizoral, a shampoo that contains Ketoconazole, is often the choice of shampoo prescribed by doctors for curing dandruff. It is extremely effective at getting rid of dandruff, if not totally curing it. The best advice would be for a dandruff sufferer to use Nizoral on a continuous basis to keep dandruff away and give the impression the it has cured your dandruff problem.