What is dandruff?
Dandruff (also known as seborrheic dermatitis) is the excess shedding of the top layer of the skin on the scalp, eyebrows or along the sides of the nose. This top layer of skin consists of dead cells, which protect the more fragile cells below. It is normal for these to be shed or rubbed off because the body is constantly producing new cells that simply move up to replace older ones. However, in dandruff, larger “scales” are shed at an increased rate.
Dandruff is primarily an aesthetic problem, which many people find unattractive or embarrassing. There is nothing medically serious about it. It will not lead to baldness, and it is not contagious. Itching may accompany dandruff. Usually hair follicles (roots of the hair shafts) do not become infected
Dandruff occurs as frequently in men as in women. It tends to increase in adolescence and young adulthood and decrease thereafter. Those who have acne or oily skin also tend to have more problems with dandruff.
Dandruff usually improves during the summer months, unless the weather is exceptionally hot and humid. Exposure to natural sunlight and a reduction in stress may help to control it.
The cause of dandruff is unclear. It may be related to hormone production since it commonly begins during adolescence. It may be worsened by sensitivity to a yeast micro-organism which is normally on the scalp and skin.
- BF Suma Anatic Herbal Essence Soap (lather the soap into your hair and scalp and leave for 10 to 20 minutes and wash and dry your hair)
- Then apply BF Suma FemiCare Feminine Cleanser that helps reduce the number of yeast micro-organisms present on the scalp (massage it into the scalp as a conditioner after washing and drying your hair with Anatic Herbal Essence Soap)
NOTE: Hair washing method and application is important in treating dandruff. Lather the hair twice and on the second lather, leave the foam on the hair for for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing to give the Anatic Herbal Essence Soap time to work properly.
The frequency of shampooing necessary to control dandruff varies from person to person. Some need to shampoo twice a week, others more frequently, even daily.
Many people forget that the scalp as well as the hair needs to be shampooed. Massaging the scalp to promote circulation may be beneficial, but scrubbing the scalp may be harmful.
Seek medical help if:
- Itching associated with dandruff increases
- Using a dandruff shampoo fails to control the problem adequately
- Inflammation (redness, swelling, severe scaling) occurs on the scalp or other parts of the body
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