FAQs About Dandruff
If you are living with dandruff or have an occasional flare up, you probably have some questions about fighting the flakes. Although no two people have the same experience with dandruff, there are a few things most people with dandruff have in common. These are 5 of the most frequently asked questions about dandruff.
Is Dandruff Normal?
Dandruff is normal. Nearly 50% of people in the world have some form of dandruff. It is most commonly a result of the overproduction of a healthy fungus that lives on everyone’s scalp. The overproduction of fungus can be caused by a variety of health conditions and lifestyle choices. The scalp sloughs off excess skin generated by the overabundance of the fungus resulting in what we refer to as dandruff. It’s that simple.
Can Stress Cause Dandruff?
Many experts believe stress can trigger a dandruff flare up. When you relax, your scalp will, too. Look for ways to relax and destress. A few minutes of meditation in the morning or a cup of green tea in the afternoon may be all you need to reduce stress. Make time to take care for yourself and find strategies to reduce anxiety caused by work, family and a busy lifestyle. If someone asks why you are practicing sun salutations at your desk, just say you’re reducing your risk of dandruff.
Can Exercise Help My Dandruff?
Regular exercise can control dandruff. Vigorous exercise helps to raise your heart rate which improves circulation. Improved circulation means healthier skin and less dandruff as a result. If you sweat a good amount when you exercise, a good shower and thorough shampooing is important post workout. Shampooing prevents excess skin cells from accumulating while invigorating hair follicles and reducing excessive sebum or skin oil buildup. Exercise and shampooing regularly are key to controlling dandruff.
Are there Natural Dandruff Treatments?
Eating enough of the correct vitamins will help to keep dandruff at bay. Zinc, B vitamins, and essential fatty acids are known for repelling dandruff. To get enough of these important nutrients, think dark, emerald green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale. Tender pink proteins like beef and shrimp are loaded with zinc and caramel-colored comfort foods like pecans and baked beans provide essential fatty acids.
Speaking of vitamins, your scalp soaks up vitamin D every time you go outside. Small doses of sunlight and the vitamin D it carries, nourishes the scalp and helps to keep it healthy and flake-free. Be aware, however, of especially frigid and dry weather by protecting your scalp. Wear a hat or scarf and limit exposure to the sun and excessive cold.
Is Dandruff Itchy?
Yes, dandruff can be seriously itchy. Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dandruff. It is triggered by histamine, a chemical in your body that is released in response to inflammation. When your body releases high levels of histamine, you feel the uncontrollable urge to scratch which may leave the scalp red and irritated. Scratching sheds the outer layer of skin cells of dandruff flakes to get rid of the irritation. Itching and flakes are a sign of an unhealthy scalp condition.
Dandruff is a fact of life. You can try to hide it by wearing light-colored shirts or you can treat it. Exercise and a healthy diet, small doses of sun and a good medicated shampoo like Denorex can help to control dandruff itch and keep the flakes away for good.
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