The issue of dandruff has quite a few myths built around it. Many people may suggest that you oil your hair to get rid of it but the fact is, oil makes it worse. Excessive oil production can lead to seborrheic dermatitis, which gives rise to the white flakes. This issue increasingly occurs in people going through puberty as they have more hormones in action resulting in more oil production.
But without further delay here are 5 myths about dandruff that some people still are silly enough to believe:
Myth No.1: Dandruff is caused only by dry scalp because it gets your skin flaky.
Truth: Did you know oily scalps are more prone to dandruff? Well that is one major misconception: if you have flakes in your hair big or small, that is dandruff and not dry scalp. The simplest way to cure dandruff from your scalp is by using anti dandruff shampoo and nourishing your dry scalp with hot oil treatment. But make sure that the oil isn’t too hot. Warm and deep nourishment of the dry itchy scalp, twice a week should do the trick.
Myth No.2: We can get rid of dandruff by shampooing our hair every day
Truth: No, we can’t. Over shampooing our hair will strip the oil that is naturally produced from our hair which will prevent our hair from shining. This will leave your hair dull and dry. Opt for a gentle shampoo for dry hair and use it every alternate day, rinsing it with warm (not hot) water for better results.
Myth No.3: Dandruff causes bald spots?
Truth: No, if you have a bald spot, ask yourself if your parents have one. Bald spots can be genetic. Surely dandruff may cause hair fall but then on an average we shed about 100 hair strands every day. If you are experiencing hair loss consult a dermatologist and get the right treatment. Remember home remedies you use are just treatments and not a cure and can have varied results on different people.
Myth No.4: We can only get dandruff during winter.
Truth: This is a myth. The reason being that people tend to confuse seborrheic dermatitis, a serious irritation which is common in winters. People tend to eat more of the food that triggers dandruff in winter. These include fatty food, sugary food and spicy foods.
Myth No.5: Dandruff is communicable.
Truth: NO, it is not contagious. It is simply a fungal infection. Try dandruff shampoos containing zinc pyrithione, ketoconazole, or sulfide. These medically active ingredients clear up the irritated, dry and flaky skin. Make sure you use them at least once or twice a week. It is always advisable to consult.
Causes of Dandruff?
Cells on our scalp are constantly replacing and shedding. If skin cells begin to divide too fast — faster than they are shed — this causes the flakes to erupt. The buildup on the scalp is due to the overgrowth of these cells that causes the flakes.
Few of them are susceptible to yeast called malassezia furfur (yes, we know it sounds like a spell from a Harry Potter movie) that exists on the scalp naturally. This sensitivity leads to extra skin cell growth and may cause flakes. Remember to not stress when this happens as this can worsen your state.
Do you often experience pesky flakes on your scalp and clothes? While there is no permanent cure, finding its cause and taking appropriate measures can help keep it in check. A dermatologist through Remedico can provide you a treatment plan customized for you.