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What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is the medical term given to the shedding of dead skins from the scalp. It is also known as scurf. It is common knowledge that the cells in the body are constantly renewing themselves. In the case of the scalp, the old skin is pushed out on the scalp and expelled. They then fall away naturally. It is also another means of ‘skin shedding’.

In individuals with dandruff, the rate of production of the skin exceeds the rate at which skin naturally dies. As a result, more skin is shed and dandruff is noticeable. Most people think that a dry scalp is the cause of dandruff and they use oils and shampoos to cure the same. However, this is a myth.

The main symptoms of dandruff are easily visible. There are a lot of flakes of dead white skin. This is often visible when wearing dark clothes. The head fees tingly, sore or totally itchy! Many individuals suffer self-esteem problems because of dandruff. This is because the constant presence of dandruff can draw jeers from peers.

Dandruff can occur by itself or as a result of some trigger factors. Exposure to heat is one trigger factor. Other causes include not enough brushing of hair. By brushing, skin shedding is helped and this eliminates dandruff naturally. However excessive brushing must also be avoided.

People with dry skin are also susceptible. Sensitivity to yeast is another common factor noticed. Winter air, not enough shampooing, use of rigorous chemical agents etc., all result in dandruff. Other serious cases include certain skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Whatever be the case, in the event of a serious dandruff condition, it is best to consult dermatology experts for the right care. Identifying the underlying cause is the first step in formulating a correct treatment regimen. Many wellness centres have come up. With a deep study of the individual’s skin type, staff in these centres formulates a regimen that is holistic and beneficial at every step. In treating dandruff, the main factors include the age of the individual and the severity of the condition.

While it is easy enough to diagnose dandruff, because of the ready appearance, the challenge lies in treating the same and the best centres are ones that provide valid results.

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