Lather, Rinse, Re­peat

FIG­UR­ING OUT WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF AND HOW TO GET RID OF IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SUCH A HEAD-SCRATCHER.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - GROOMING ESSENTIALS -

Seen your fair share of prod­ucts that flake on their promises to get rid of dandruff? Af­ter squeez­ing through bot­tle af­ter bot­tle of sham­poo with no re­sults, you may even be ques­tion­ing if there’s any­thing that will stop the em­bar­rass­ing white sprin­kles from ap­pear­ing on your scalp, shoul­ders, and ev­ery­where else.

Here’s the deal: Dandruff is caused due to a yeast that sets up shop on your scalp. (Be­fore you freak out — ev­ery­one has it!) How­ever, when there’s too much yeast, that leads to ir­ri­ta­tion and in­flam­ma­tion, and even­tu­ally the flak­ing off of dead skin cells—that’s the dandruff. It may seem hope­less, but ac­cord­ing to An­gela Lamb, MD, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Si­nai in New York City, there are hair-wash­ing reme­dies that can help. “You need some­thing that can treat the un­der­ly­ing cause — key in­gre­di­ents for that are ke­to­zon­a­zole and sal­i­cyclic acid — and some­thing that has tea tree oil, which is sooth­ing,” Lamb says.

Check out some of the go-to rec­om­men­da­tions by Lamb and other der­ma­tol­o­gists to help you fight the flakes. (Be­fore you suds up, you can also spritz your scalp with vine­gar to help kill the mi­crobes caus­ing the flakes.)

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