How many times have you almost gotten ready to head to a part and noticed flakes on your favorite evening-wear? Embarrassing isn’t it? Well, as they say, amigos, knowledge is the key to winning almost half of your battles. Let’s get cracking on the myths surrounding the pretty common flaky stuff called dandruff, resulting in an irresistible urge to scratch your scalp (we suggest not going down that route though!), and of course the factors responsible for its occurrence.
Nailing the basics: What is dandruff?
For starters, it is quite prevalent in adults, with almost half the population reporting some form of flakiness. Although, an important point is that often people tend to confuse, as well as conflate the occurrence of a dry scalp with dandruff.
The two conditions may both manifest similar symptoms namely, falling flakes and an itchy scalp, albeit they harbor different connotations.
In the case of a dry scalp, the skin sloughs and flakes off, whereas, in the case of dandruff, the cause is the prevalence of too much oil on the scalp.
A more severe form of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, caused by a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia which involves additional discomfiture such as a red, flaky, crusty, or greasy appearance on your face, eyebrows, ears, upper chest, or groin.
Seborrheic dermatitis tends to run in families.
Myths revolving around dandruff: Factors which are not responsible for developing the condition
Before we make our way towards the factors responsible for causing dandruff, it seems imperative that we pin-point the factors which are not responsible for causing the same.
- Its manifestation is not related to poor hygiene; albeit proper washing and brushing can help get rid of old residues and skin flakes
- It is not caused by an allergic reaction
- It does not harm the body though it may look embarrassing!
- The condition is not contagious
Causes of dandruff: What your itchy scalp is trying to tell you!
Get your mojo on with some grub on the factors responsible for the itchy, flaky scalp and get cracking on countering those. Viola! Your battle against snowy shoulders is already half won!
Not brushing your mane enough
Regular brushing or combing of the hair reduces the risk of developing the condition as it aids in the normal shedding of the dead skin and removal of buildup.
Inadequate exposure to Sun
Research says that UVA rays from the sun help in counteracting the effects of the yeast responsible for causing dandruff. While we understand too much exposure is bad too, but then don’t you leave without Argan Oil!
Weather conditions and resulting dryness
Have you noticed accelerated flaking in winters and a drier, itchier scalp? Well, the weather is to blame. Harsh, cold, dry winter air combined with overheated rooms is the perfect recipe for itchy and flaking skin and scalp.
Using OTC shampoos and skincare products
If a particular shampoo brand works for your friend, the same may not work for you resulting in an aggravated and itchy scalp. Switch to organically made, personalized products by Bare Anatomy which is tailor-made to suit your particular requirements.
Prevalence of particular skin conditions
Those afflicted with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or scalp ringworm, tend to report higher incidences of developing dandruff.
The importance of consuming a balanced diet that is rich in zinc, Vitamin B, etc. cannot be reiterated enough.
More technically distress (instead of eu-stress, which keeps us motivated and is good!) can wreak havoc on your immune system resulting in decreased immunity towards dandruff-causing yeast infections. Resort to a more chilled out lifestyle, one interspersed with yoga, frequent vacations, or walks in nature with a loved one.