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Get Rid Of Dandruff Using A Balanced Approach

An embarrassing problem, dandruff is something many people would like to quickly and easily get rid of. That may not be possible in chronic conditions, where white, oily, and flaky skin is usually accompanied by an irritating itch. Although not contagious, it is frequently difficult to get rid of dandruff permanently

For most teens and adults, dandruff symptoms are easy to spot: white, oily looking flakes of dead skin that dot your hair and shoulders, and an itchy, scaling scalp. The condition may worsen during the fall and winter, when indoor heating can contribute to dry skin, and improve during the summer. 

Psoriasis, eczema, malessezia, seborrheic dermatitis, and being overly sensitive to shampoos and other hair care products are all potential causes of chronic dandruff. Many people see their dandruff problems increase during the winter months when they’re spending more time indoors where the air is warmer and drier. 

A fairly common skin condition, seborrheic dermatitis can affect all areas of the body where there are higher concentrations of glands that produce oil, including armpits, groin areas, eyebrows, and sides of your nose. Oily, irritated skin is the most visible symptom of this. By contrast, psoriasis affects mostly knees, elbows, and body trunks, and manifests itself with silvery, raised scales. 

Living innocuously in most healthy adults’ scalps is a yeast-like fungus called malessezia. In some cases, it can grow out of control, feeding on higher levels of skin oils excreted from hair follicles. These cases will see scalp irritation and increased dead skin cell production, and are readily evident on your clothes and in your hair.  

Several internal factors beyond just having an oily complexion will encourage the formation of dandruff. Neurological diseases like Parkington’s, changes in hormone levels, a comprised immune system, and even an accumulation of daily stress are also suspected to be direct contributors to having dandruff and other conditions like acne breakouts and blackheads. Many nutritionists also believe that dietary deficiencies in zinc, B vitamins, and certain fats encourage dandruff formation and make getting rid of dandruff just that much more challenging. 

Treating dandruff effectively can take a little perseverance on one’s part, and the treatments can vary quite a bit. Mild cases of dandruff may be treatable just by washing your hair more frequently with a gentle shampoo that reduces oil and cell buildup. Over-the-counter dandruff shampoos offer a variety of topical medications that may work on the more advanced cases. Some of these include coal tar, ketoconazole, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide. However, potential side effects of their use have been known to include stinging, burning, redness, and allergic reactions like rashes and difficulty breathing. Daily shampooing with tea tree oil has been shown to reduce dandruff in some people, although allergic reactions have been reported. 

The most effective approach to be able to get rid of dandruff permanently seems to involve a more naturopathic approach. Treating the external symptoms of dandruff – flaking and itching skin – can provide some temporary relief, but the underlying internal causes of dandruff shouldn’t be ignored. A balanced , naturopathic approach is the best way to effectively make your body an inhospitable environment for dandruff to form.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on August 17, 2013

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