Have you ever gotten dandruff? Whether you deal with it daily or it only sprouts up once in a while, you know how frustrating and just downright gross it can be. So what exactly is dandruff? Dandruff is a chronic skin condition that is caused by a buildup of yeast around the base of your hair follicles. Yeast is a fungus that feeds from your skin. That is why it causes dandruff and other symptoms like dryness, flaking skin and itching.
Unfortunately, if you have dandruff, it can’t be fully cured, but it can be controlled.
For some people, they need dandruff shampoo every day or every time they wash. But for others, it can be controlled by using dandruff shampoo only during flare-ups or a few times a week to a month. Look for a dandruff shampoo containing zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide. No matter what, make sure to rinse thoroughly because any leftover residue from shampoo, conditioner or other hair products can cause dandruff too.
When you do wash with dandruff shampoo, make sure that you focus on washing your scalp and gently massage it in for the best benefits. Try to leave it in for a few minutes. When you rinse it out, always use lukewarm or cool water. Hot water can irritate your skin and make your condition worse. Dry skin is more likely to flake off and become itchy and irritated.
Most people think that the weather can cause dandruff and affect your skin, but that actually isn’t true. The most common reason people get dandruff is from stress.The best way to control dandruff besides using dandruff shampoos is to control your stress levels.
Do you have dandruff? Did any of these facts about dandruff surprise you? What is your favorite shampoo to use to tame dandruff? Share with us!