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Dandruff 101: Dandruff causes and prevention

Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. Dandruff, scalp, and flakes are three words that are often used in the same context. Dandruff is often caused by a certain type of fungus that lives on the scalp. But it can be easily controlled with the right treatment and products. Read on to learn more about dandruff causes, the right treatment and ways of prevention.

What causes dandruff?

1. Seborrheic dermatitis

People with seborrheic dermatitis have oily skin and are more likely prone to dandruff symptoms. Those who have this condition typically have red skin and are oily on the scalp, ears, and nose.

2. Yeast

Those who are more prone to yeast have a higher chance of developing symptoms, which is typically worse during the winter months. The specific yeast is called malassezia and aggravates the scalp by causing excessive skin cell growth.

3. Dry skin

People with dry skin are also more likely to develop dandruff, but the two are not the same. Actually, having too much oil on your scalp can cause dandruff and so applying more oil to your hair can worsen the condition and can lead to stickier flakes.

4. Shampooing and hair products

Shampooing too much can be one of the reasons for dandruff as it can cause irritation on the scalp. It can produce a red, itchy scalp, which may cause an increase in dandruff.

5. Not enough hair brushing

Brushing your hair regularly reduces the risk of dandruff as the skin can shed off. However, harsh or improper removal of scales can cause more irritation.

6. Diet

Not consuming enough foods that contain zinc or vitamins can also increase the chances of dandruff. It's important that on your journey to a cleaner and greener planet you are also taking the appropriate time to nourish your inside.

7. Age

As we grow older, flakes are more likely to flare up and can last the rest of one’s life. And, as you grow older your hormones change, making your scalp more susceptible to dandruff.

Dandruff: Scalp symptoms

1. Flakes

The most obvious sign of dandruff are flakes, which typically appear as your irritated scalp sheds skin cells faster than usual. What causes flaky scalp? You might be surprised to know that this is a direct result of the dandruff fungus.

2. Itching

With dandruff flakes often comes itching. The itchy feeling can even occur before the condition is visible.

3. Redness

Like any part of your body, if the scalp is irritated it appears red. This can be an early indicator of dandruff.

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How to treat dandruff

Dandruff treatment - even for color-treated hair

We recommend trying our Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Shampoo which can be used as a dandruff shampoo and Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Conditioner which can be used as a dandruff conditioner. Derived from the Australian tea tree, tea tree oil has been used for many years and has been known to help to keep dandruff under control. Our Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Shampoo is also a good dandruff shampoo for color-treated hair.

Treatment for dandruff – for thinning hair

We recommend trying our Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Conditioner if you are suffering from dandruff and thinning hair. These hair products, infused with coconut oil, are also known to visibly help with split ends and repair damaged hair. We also recommend using such a suitable dandruff shampoo for thinning hair regularly to help clean flakes and sebum from the scalp, clarifying the skin to help with hair growth.

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