What causes dandruff and how to treat it?


Dandruff is an unpleasant skin condition. It affects at least 1 in 2 people at some point in their life. Malassezia Globosa, a naturally occurring microbe, is found on everyone's scalp. It feeds on the natural oils found in the scalp. The oil is present to keep your hair and the skin on your scalp well-moisturized. The oil, or sebum, breaks down and produces a by- product known as oleic acid. It is estimated that 50% of people are sensitive to oleic acid.

Their scalp responds by becoming irritated and inflamed. This inflammation causes the scalp to become red and itchy leading the body to signal to the brain to shed skin cells at a faster rate. This shedding physically appears as visible white flakes. These white flakes, or dandruff, often fall onto your shoulders.

Others secondary factors can exacerbate this skin condition. Oily skin can affect your scalp and other areas of the body which are rich in oil glands. People who suffer from dry or eczema will most likely have a dry, flaky and itchy scalp. Flakes coming from a dry skin usually appear smaller and less oily.


If you don't wash your hair on a regular basis oils and skin cells can build up on the scalp. They will eventually lead to drandruff. Brushing your hair irregularly can also increase your cha5 of having drandruff. Additionally, heat can dry the scalp and make drandruff appear worse.

Air pollution can also contribute to drandruff. Chemicals which are circulating in the air can affect the skin.  They can cause irri8and drandruff. Individuals who suffer from drandruff should use a neutral or slightly acidic pH shampoo. Hair products which contain certain oils can also worse drandruff.

Stress can worsen any skin condition and impair your immune system. Alternatively, Foods which are rich in zinc, vitamin B and fats can help you prevent drandruff from developing.  

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