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Debunking 6 Myths Around Dandruff, And How To Deal With It

Debunking 6 Myths Around Dandruff, And How To Deal With It

Picture this: You’re all set to go on a day out with a guy you’ve been crushing on, you put on your sexiest LBD and a killer face beat. Before leaving, you take one last glance at yourself only to notice there’s a mini snowfall all over your shoulders. There goes all the fun. But DW boo, dandruff is a dreadful source of social embarrassment that affects every second person on the planet. And fall and winter months are especially hard for those with dry, itchy heads.

So to help you shake off flakiness and ditch the itch, we’re listing down six dandruff myths that need to be debunked ASAP as well as hacks to pave your way to a flake-free scalp.

6 Dandruff Myths You Need To Stop Believing

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Dandruff Results From Poor Hygiene

Fact or cap: Dandruff has nothing to do with hygiene. Cap, of course. While poor hygiene can contribute to dandruff, there are multiple other causes as well. Dandruff results when there’s an increased skin cell turnover with sluggish shedding of dead skin cells. This happens because of a disturbed cell turnover cycle. 

Dandruff Affects More Men Than Women

True! Certain age groups such as teenagers or pre-pubertal are more prone to dandruff because of the development of oil glands and changing hormones. Males have more oil glands and weaker scalp barrier function which is why they are more prone to flaky scalps. 

Dandruff Is Caused Only In Summer Months

False. Dandruff can occur any time of the year – no matter the season. You can see dandruff in summer as well as in winter. As temp drops, we tend to shampoo our hair less often, which leads to the build-up of dead skin cells. This creates naturally growing yeast called Malassezia which can contribute to dandruff. In addition to that stress, weather conditions, and diet can also be the major culprits. Wrong shampoo formulations, sun exposure, over-washing, excessive pollution, and frequent combing can also lead to dandruff.

Dandruff Can Be Tackled Using Over-The-Counter Products

Dandruff plagues more than 50% of the world’s population. This is the reason why store shelves are jam-packed with both chemical as well as organic solutions. Dandruff can be tackled using simple solutions. Firstly, you need to avoid scratching or picking your scalp as it can aggravate the issue. Start shampooing regularly especially if you experience excessive sweating. Steer clear of hot water head shower. Sterilise your hair accessories and comb every week. Consult your doctor if you experience pain or notice red boils, bleeding, or crusting.

Dandruff Is Unaffected By Diet, Lifestyle, And Environment

False. All three factors contribute to dandruff. Pollutant chemicals such as hydrocarbons can be absorbed by the scalp and lead to scalp build-up and dandruff. Likewise, changes in weather conditions can worsen dandruff. If you find your hair shampoo worsening dandruff, stop using it stat. Avoid excess sugar, artificially flavoured, and fried food and increase the intake of sprouts, greens, tofu, cottage cheese, and leafy veggies.

Tips To Pave Your Way To A Healthy And Clean Scalp

The best way to prevent dandruff is by maintaining a proper wash routine. You don’t have to use an anti-fungal or anti-dandruff shampoo if you don’t have an infection. Washing your hair regularly can help balance the oil buildup. Look out for shampoos containing salicylic acid, zinc parathion, coal, and selenium sulphide to reduce scaling and fungi growth. When using anti-dandruff shampoo, apply it all over your scalp by massaging it into the roots. Let it sit for three to five mins before washing it off. Avoid using heavy oils or multiple serums if you have an oily scalp. 

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24 Nov 2022

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