Six Dermatologically advised ways to get rid of dandruff
Do you avoid wearing dark tops owing to the white flakes of dandruff on your shoulders?
Are you troubled with itchy scalp and excessive hair fall because of dandruff?
Well, you are not alone. Dandruff is a common scalp condition present in 1 out of 5 people on an average.
Dandruff can be irritating, embarrassing as well as the beginning of a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis. At Trichohom, we believe in solving your hair concerns and educating you about the existence of various problems leading to deteriorating hair health as well as the perfect solutions we render towards them owing to our team of certified and experienced trichologists. We have already compiled an in-depth informative piece on what is dandruff and its various causes.
While certain natural remedies are often used to get rid of dandruff such as using apple cider vinegar or applying lemon and baking soda to your scalp, the effectiveness of these remedies depends on every individual. And might end up making your scalp look like a kitchen full of home remedies instead of properly catering to the need to get rid of dandruff!
Consulting a dermatologist is an imperative step when dealing with dandruff for a prolonged period or if you experience aggravated irritation with dandruff. Trichohom has compiled a list of dermatologically advised and approved solutions to help you get rid of these troublesome white, itchy flakes.
Let’s take a look at the dermatologically approved ways to get rid of dandruff:
For dry and scaly scalps, it is advised that massaging the scalp using natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, etc. prevent dandruff from developing. However, this treatment must not be left in for more than 30 -45 minutes. For added benefit, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil, known to be an antifungal that curbs yeast on the scalp. Regularly massaging your scalp with oil will not only keep it nourished but also help oil glands produce sufficient natural oil, hence preventing excess sebum production and curing dandruff in the long run.
Hydration is key to most of the processes in our body, and it is also a dermatologically suggested solution to dandruff. Drinking an adequate amount of water, which is 8 glasses daily; are a recommendation made by several doctors. Scalp is a form of skin as well and drinking water prevents the scalp from being dry and flaky hence bringing about a stop to dandruff.
Medicated Shampoo to the rescue
A medicated dandruff shampoo can help control dandruff and the itchiness the comes with it. The active ingredient found in most medicated dandruff shampoos; Pyrithione zinc, is known to reduce inflammation and reduce the amount of yeast on the scalp. However, the usage of such medicated shampoos depends upon the frequency of dandruff and your personal hair problems owing to which it is important to follow the instructions of a dermatologist carefully.
A healthy diet is often recommended for a healthy body, but several dermatologists suggest a healthy diet for healthy scalp and skin. Unhealthy food commonly known as junk food, triggers sebum production by causing a surge in the hormones which leads to several health problems as well as dandruff. Hence eating fruits and vegetables and cutting back on sugary, fatty food can help your dandruff condition to a great extent. Consuming foods rich in Omega 3 such as walnuts and flaxseeds can not only help improve the condition of dandruff but also enhance the condition of your hair overall.
Stress has been linked to dandruff and it is a fact that stress can aggravate or worsen the condition of dandruff in certain individuals. Our response to stressful moments is often to scratch our head in confusion or rather play with our hair in some way or the other. Constant touching on the scalp transfers dirt and oils from our hands onto the scalp, which can aggravate existing dandruff. It is advised that you do yourself and your scalp a favor and try some relaxing exercises such as a walk or yoga.
Dermatologists often suggest using over the counter (OTC) treatments consisting of the following compounds that help reduce as well as render effective solution to the existence of dandruff.
- Salicylic Acid: It removes the extra scaling from the scalp before it turns to flakes. However, if used in a quantity more than required it can result in over-drying the scalp leading to more dandruff.
- Selenium Sulfide: Selenium sulfide is an antifungal compound that kills the dandruff causing fungus. In addition to which, it prevents too many skin cells from drying off.
When to consult a dermatologist?
Despite the remedies mentioned, it is important to consult a dermatologist as soon as you experience flaking from the scalp.
While using an anti-dandruff shampoo works for mild cases of dandruff, if you don’t see an improvement from the same, contacting a specialist will help you analyze the root cause of your dandruff as well as subject it to proper treatment.
You must also consult a dermatologist if you experience :
- Patches of redness or rashes on your scalp or hairline
- Bleeding along with flakes coming off the scalp
- Signs of infection or pain on the scalp
Trichohom; the one stop solution to your hair woes
Only an expert can decide what treatment will be best for your dandruff condition and that is exactly what Trichohom holds expertise in! At Trichohom, we have the best professional dermatologists and trichologists to suggest and render proper treatments based on your hair conditions and problems.
We carry out Meso-Peel scalp treatment for dandruff along with High-frequency treatment, which is a one of a kind scalp treatment wherein high-frequency treatment utilizes low current and high frequency to treat germicidal action causing dandruff as well as enhancement of hair growth, Meso-peel scalp treatment is a procedure that renders exfoliation, removal of dirt, and dandruff from your scalp. A combination of these two is devised at Trichohom to give you relief from dandruff and put an end to your hair woes.
Book an appointment with our experts to experience dandruff free, healthy hair.