Understand and get rid of dandruff
Dandruff can be irritating and unslightly but the good news is that you can eliminate your symptoms by understanding this problem and using the right products.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes to appear on the scalp and in the hair. It isn't contagious or harmful, but it can be unpleasant and difficult to get rid of. The scalp may also feel dry and itchy although its not the same as a simply dry scalp.
What causes dandruff?
Your skin constantly produces new skin cells and sheds old cells to stay healthy. Dandruff occurs when this cycle of skin shedding occurs slower than skin renewal. This leads to patches of dead skin forming on the scalp that come away into the hair.
Dandruff isn't caused by poor hygiene, although it may be more obvious if you don't wash your hair regularly. Stress and cold weather can make it worse.
Other causes of a flaky scalp
There are some skin conditions which can cause a flaky scalp. These include:
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis – a common skin condition associated with an overgrowth of yeast on the skin, which can cause the scalp, face and other areas of the body to become scaly, itchy and red; in babies it's called cradle capis.
- Tinea capitis – a fungal infection of the scalp, also called scalp ringworm
- Eczema – a common skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, flaky and very itchy
- Allergic contact dermatitis – a reaction to products used on the scalp, such as hair dye, hairspray, hair gel or mousse
- Psoriasis – a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales
You don't usually need to see your GP if you have dandruff, but it's a good idea to visit them if:
• you've tried anti-dandruff shampoos for at least a month and your symptoms haven't improved
• your dandruff is very severe or your scalp is very itchy
• your scalp is red or swollen
• you have a weakened immune system
Tips to avoid dandruff
- Avoid stress
- Wash your hair regularly. It helps avoid build up of dead skin.
- Use specific products for dandruff. Look for shampoo containing one of the following ingredients: zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, selenium sulphide (or selenium sulfide), ketoconazole or coal tar.
Shea Moisture's African Black Soap 'Dandruff Control' Pre poo rinse balances, soothes and protects while relieving itching, flaking and scalp irritation. Natural and certified organic ingredients help to moisturise, detoxify and remove buildup while active ingredients help reduce inflammation, calm scalp and sebaceous activity leaving scalp balanced and relieved.
Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo gently cleanses as it removes buildup from styling products and soothes dry, itchy and flaking scalp. It also helps regulate sebum production and is sulfate-free.
SheaMoisture's African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner moisturises and detangles hair while it soothes dry, itchy and flaking scalp. Use as a pre-shampoo or rinse out conditioner, as needed. - Made with natural and certified organic ingredients. - Plaintain Enzyme helps to alleviate itchiness and irritation. - Tea Tree Oil removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume. - Willow Bark Extract exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp.
Shea Moisture African black soap 'Dandruff Control' Scalp Conditioning Masque Balances, conditions and removes product buildup in hair, while relieving itching, flaking and scalp irritation. Soothes dry, itchy and flaking scalp. Natural and certified organic ingredients help to seal in moisture and reduce breakage while active ingredients help calm and detox the scalp, leaving it balanced and relieved.
So embrace a happy hair and scalp today.