Do you often find yourself scratching your scalp? Do you see white flakes on your dark clothes? Then, you might have dandruff. We understand how uncomfortable the itching can be, not to mention embarrassing too! This is especially true when you suddenly have the urge to scratch your scalp in the middle of a meeting, while ordering your espresso, or riding the MRT. Add to that the white flakes that are very visible. We know the struggles of wanting it to stop and keeping it at bay. This is why we’re here to discuss what causes dandruff and what you can do to remedy this flaky situation.
What causes dandruff?
Let us first learn about the common causes of dandruff. This way, we get to know how to address the root of this hair woe.
1. Oily Scalp
When you have an oily scalp, you have a higher risk of getting dandruff. It can also lead to a more serious condition called seborrheic dermatitis. When your scalp becomes red, feels scaly, or when the itching doesn’t stop, it is best to consult a dermatologist to find the best treatment.
2. Dry scalp
Dry scalp is an altogether different problem from dandruff. When you have a dry scalp, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get dandruff. However, a dry scalp can make the itching worse and lead to flaking.
3. Not shampooing well enough
You know how important shampooing is. It removes excess oil and dirt, as well as old skin and styling product residue. When you don’t shampoo well, these things clog up your pores and cause dandruff.
Editor’s tip: Wash your hair with Dove Men + Care Refreshing Clean Shampoo to help remove excess oil and dirt.
The presence of the fungus Malasezzia on your scalp can cause dandruff. “Malassezia uses sebum and other lipids in the scalp as nutrients and then converts these into waste materials that can penetrate the scalp and cause an inflammatory response,” explains Peter Bailey, Unilever’s research and development manager.
How can you manage dandruff?
Now, let’s see how we can deal with dandruff.
1. Wash your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Anti-dandruff shampoos usually have anti-fungal agents like Zinc Pyrtithione and Climbazole to treat the causes and keratolytic agents like salicylic acid to deal with the symptoms. If you have recurring dandruff, switching to an anti-dandruff shampoo can help put an end to flaky hair.
Editor’s tip: Give your scalp that cool, presko feeling while you bust dandruff with CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men.
2. Get some sunlight
Cooped up indoors? Time to go out, as sunlight can help suppress the fungus on your scalp. But don’t get too much sun exposure. A few minutes under the morning sun (before 10 a.m. when the sun is not yet too harsh) is recommended. And don’t forget to use sun protection.
3. Wash hair at the end of the day to remove product residue.
If you go straight to bed when you get home late, you might want to ditch this habit, especially when you used styling products throughout the day. Wash your hair to keep product residue from clogging your pores. If you’re really tired and you no longer have time for a hair wash, brush your hair to remove dirt.
Editor’s tip: Leave your scalp fresh and clean with a good hair wash using CLEAR Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men.
Dandruff is nothing to be afraid of, and it can be easily remedied. The important thing is you know what causes dandruff so you know how to treat it once it starts showing.