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Q I’ve had a dandruff problem for years. Where does dandruff come from?
A Dandruff is a form of skin eczema that you normally find on areas of your body ththat have high oil production, usually your scalp. To fight dandruff, you need to fight the skin inflammation which can be caused by anything from dry or irritated skin, not shampooing frequently enough, sensitivity to hair care products, and even a poor diet. Severe cases of dandruff can be treated with medicated shampoo prescribed to you by your doctor but mild cases can be treated with over-thecounter shampoos. Also, make sure to get lots of Vitamin D (sunlight is a great source!).
Q My dark circles are worse as of late - what can I do to manage them?
A Dark circles can be caused by lack of sleep, age and even genetics. While there’s not much you can do about the latter, the simplest way to relive yourself of dark circles is to get more sleep. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and dark chocolate, which contains flavonoids, can help improve blood circulation to the skin. Improved flow will prevent blood from pooling beneath the eyes. You can also apply cold compresses tto your eyes in the morning wwhich will help constrict bblood vessels.
Q Are there any external causes for my sudden eczema flare-up?
A Eczema is a very broad term, and in order to be treated effectively, it needs to be categorized specifically into a type of dermatitis. A number of factors can cause your skin to flare up, including respiratory allergies or coming from a family with a history of skin problems. Being born with drier skin causes you to itch more often, aggravating the eczema and making it worse. Emotional stress is also a big factor when it comes to skin problems. Make sure to get enough sleep and learn to manage stress better.