Dandruff is a common and chronic condition faced by millions of people across the world.
Though harmless, dandruff can often interfere with your day-today life, especially when it causes severe itchiness on the scalp, or makes a sudden unwelcome appearance on clothes, affecting self-confidence.
Doctors believe that dandruff is caused due to several factors including eczema, dryness of the scalp, using the wrong shampoo and a yeast-like fungus leading to itchiness and white flakes.
And if you thought everyone suffers from similar dandruff symptoms, you are wrong. There are different types of dandruffs and it is important to identify it correctly and decide upon the course of medication.
Dry Skin Dandruff:
Dry skin related dandruff is the most common condition, that usually occurs in winter. It is caused due to taking head bath with hot water making the scalp go very dry and flaky. Individuals with dry, curly hair suffer from this type of dandruff very often.
This condition should be treated with good moisturising shampoos and one should avoid colouring, dyes and perming. Regular oil massages also help in alleviating itchiness and stimulate blood circulation, nutrition to the scalp.
Oil Related Dandruff:
Oil-related dandruff happens when there is an accumulation of sebum oil on the scalp. Secreted by the scalp glands, this oil can cause clumps all dead skin cells and dirt forming itchy flakes. Stress and anxiety levels cause high amounts of sebum oil secretion leading to the condition.
Talk to your doctor about proper medication, shampoo to clean excess sebum oil off the scalp.
Fungal Malassezia is a natural component found on skin and scalp. This fungus survives on excessive oil on the scalp and in turn, produces oleic acid as a byproduct that in turn produces skin cells to clump together causing white flakes.
Talk to your dermatologist for good anti-fungal shampoo and medication to get rid of this condition.
Disease Related Dandruff:
Few skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema stimulate excessive production of skin cells leading to the scaly skin on the scalp. When these skin cells get in contact with sebum oil and dirt, it causes dandruff.
Another condition seborrheic dermatitis is more a serious condition as it causes severe redness, sores and itchy scalp. It is mostly shown on the back of the head and neck. Consult a doctor before it spreads to face and ears, for proper medication.