DON’T FLAKE OUT OVER DANDRUFF
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that having dandruff sucks.
Thankfully, a top dermatologist has revealed the best hacks for battling it.
Talking to Refinery 29.com, dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Melanie Palm defines the problem: “Dandruff is the common name for seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory scalp condition in which an abnormal growth of yeast on the skin surface is present.
“It’s characterised by skin flaking and some degree of scalp irritation, whereas dry scalp may feel tight or itchy but really shouldn’t flake – it simply needs moisture from products like masks or conditioning treatments.”
If you fall into the category of flaking,
Palm suggests these simple DIY solutions to try to help reduce the problem.
For a start, you should try washing every day, or at least every other day, to minimise yeast overgrowth.
She said: “Oils and dead skin cells build up if the scalp is not washed, and the scales are mechanically removed during shampooing.”
She added: “Delivering active ingredients – like zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, and medicated ciclopirox and ketoconazole – to the scalp more frequently is also key to reducing irritation and scale build-up.”
Next, Palm suggests getting your stress levels in check, as well as avoiding big changes in your environmental temperature.
For example, she advises reducing the impact of cold winter months by getting hold of a humidifier and having luke-warm showers rather than boiling hot ones.
– The Sun