What Causes Dandruff and How to Control It

1. What is dandruff?

Dandruff, as known as Pityriasis simplex capillitii, is the tiny white specks of skin that falls out of your hair or even on your pillow when you wake up. It can be very irritating as it can affect one’s well-being and self confidence. Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is not always caused by uncleanliness.

2. Causes of dandruff

  • People who have seborrheic dermatitis have a greater chance of developing dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis affects the backs of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows, and even the sides of the nose.
  • If you thought combing or brushing your hair was only to make you look presentable then you are mistaking. Apparently, combing and brushing your hair helps to shed the skin on your scalp to prevent buildup. That buildup is what can cause dandruff in people who do not comb their hair often.
  • Poor hygiene can also cause dandruff. If you do not wash your hair and scalp often, then you should better start now. I am not advocating depleting the natural oils on your scalp on a daily basis, but try to shampoo and condition your hair at least once a week.
  • Dry skin or dry weather condition promotes dandruff so make sure to moisturize.

These are just a few causes of dandruff, but if you do have dandruff, do take care of your hygiene. You should also see a dermatologist.

3. Get a handle on it

After shampooing your hair, rinse out with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Massage it into your scalp and let it stay for 5 minutes then rinse out with plain water.

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