- what is dandruff
- what causes dandruff
- does everyone have dandruff
- what are the signs of dandruff
- how to prevent dandruff
- how to treat dandruff
what is dandruff
Dandruff occurs when dead skin cells shed faster than normal. The shedding of skin is what causes visible flakes to appear on your hair and on your shoulders. Dandruff also can include an irritated, red and itchy scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis is a more severe form of dandruff.
what causes dandruff
Malassezia Globosa is the most common cause of dandruff. It is a fungus that is naturally found on the scalp of almost everyone. When the malassezia fungus grows too rapidly the normal renewal of skin cells is altered and dead skin cells shed faster than normal.
parched dry skin
Parched dry skin is another common cause of dandruff. This is true especially in the winter when our skin suffers through fluctuating temperature changes and dries out more than other times of the year. The dry skin results in itching and flaking.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a more severe form of dandruff and is caused by the same factors.
Although there are similarities between the symptoms of scalp psoriasis and dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, the causes are different. Scalp psoriasis is caused by a rare genetic condition that effects the body’s immune system.
Other causes of dandruff include family history, infrequent shampooing, excessive perspiration, sensitivity to certain chemicals in hair care products, pollution, stress and over heat-styling hair.
does everyone have dandruff
Dandruff can affect everyone: newborns to senior citizens. It doesn’t matter your sex, age, where you live or your lifestyle - dandruff happens. It is often most prevalent during the years of puberty and the incidence tends to decrease as people age.
what are the signs of dandruff
Flakes are the most visible sign of dandruff and you may see them on your hair and on your shoulders. Other signs of dandruff include itching, redness and dryness of your scalp.
how to prevent dandruff
Luckily, there are lifestyle habits you can adopt to prevent dandruff. By making these practices part of your daily activities, you drastically reduce your chances of landing flakes on your shoulders.
Eating lots of leafy green vegetables, fresh fruit, and reducing excessive yeast and sugar combined with healthy levels of zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and E- and B-vitamins will nourish your body and strengthen your scalp against drying.
Beyond eating wholesomely, it’s important to wash your hair regularly. Scalp health is directly related to scalp hygiene, but be wary of over styling. Many hairsprays, mousses, and gels are saturated with chemicals that dry out the scalp and lead to dandruff.
how to treat dandruff
The best way to get rid of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis is to treat what is irritating your scalp and causing the flakes with a proven medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. Anti-dandruff shampoos come with a variety of different active ingredients including pyrithione zinc, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid and coal tar. The right active ingredient depends on the severity of the dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis. Most dermatologists recommend a weekly routine of alternating the active ingredient rather than using the same single ingredient every day and that is why we make the following anti-dandruff shampoos with different active ingredients. Our strongest formula is our Therapeutic DenorexⓇ Maximum Itch Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner, followed by our Extra Strength DenorexⓇ Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner and then our ZinconⓇ Medicated Dandruff Shampoo.
Therapeutic DenorexⓇ Maximum Itch Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner, contains our exclusive Mentar™ technology, a unique formula of 1.8% coal tar and 1.5% menthol. Denorex Maximum Itch contains one of the highest levels of coal tar available without a prescription and the menthol soothes the skin and controls scalp itch, halting further irritation. The conditioner leaves your hair healthy, glossy and hydrated. For best results, Denorex should be used at least twice weekly or as directed by your doctor.
Extra Strength DenorexⓇ Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner contains 3% salicylic acid. The conditioner leaves your hair healthy, glossy and hydrated. For best results, Denorex should be used at least twice weekly or as directed by your doctor.
ZinconⓇ Medicated Dandruff Shampoo contains 1% pyrithione zinc. For best results, ZinconⓇ should be used at least twice weekly or as directed by your doctor.