6 Things You Should Know If You’re Fighting Dandruff
While we admit that there are certainly sexier topics than fighting dandruff, aware that it’s a common frustration of many women, we’re bringing you 6 things to know about the flakey annoyance.
Fighting dandruff is, in short, a freaking nightmare. Black top and dandruff, anyone? You know what we’re talking about. This is why you need to get to know your enemy to get rid of it for good.
Fighting dandruff – because itchy scalps and endless flaking are not an option
1- Dandruff, psoriasis, and dry scalp are all different things
While they all have one thing in common – successfully getting on our nerves, these three should not be confused. The scalp dryness is usually caused by the products you’re using or certain environmental factors and is generally followed by a flake here and there. Once you switch off one of the sources, the problem goes away. Dandruff, on the other side, is followed by much more intensive itching and yellowish flakes, greasy layer on the scalp and, if severe enough, hair shedding. And psoriasis is usually affecting those who are genetically susceptible. Psoriasis doesn’t only come accompanied by silvery white, thick, clumped flakes but it also reflects on other parts of your body – your knees, lower back, fingernails, and elbows. If you can’t estimate your situation, it’s best to have a dermatologist look at it in order to find the best mean of treating it.
2- Dandruff isn’t caused by dryness
Surprisingly enough, dandruff is actually the result of too much oil and the harmless yeast that cause dandruff gets increased with an increase in oil. It also has nothing to do with the hygiene – if you have an oily scalp, it’s often because of the hormones.
3- Dandruff is more common in summer
The extra sweat during the hot summer days mixes with the normal production of sebum and spreads it all over your scalp, creating an oil slick on it and turning it into a great surface for snowy hair in the mid of July.
4- Dandruff can spread on your eyebrows
Itchy red patches on your brows are a sign of dandruff. Make sure to clean up all the makeup remains from your eyebrows at the end of the day.
5- Normal shampoos are not supposed to be mixed with the medicated ones
While you may be dying for smoothing your frizz or adding some volume to your hair, keep in mind that you should avoid using any traditional shampoo after the medicated one, for it can rinse away up to 50% of the flake-fighting effects of the latter. Also, you should pair the medicated shampoo with the medicated conditioner as well.
6- You need to use the medicated products regularly
If you’re really determined on your mission in fighting dandruff, never skip that one shower and take more time to pamper yourself every day. Even though dermatologists usually warn against using shampoo every day, with dandruff, you should do exactly the opposite.