Dandruff - The Real Causes

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What causes dandruff can be attributed to many different factors. Although the cause is not the same for everyone, dandruff can be basically defined as a scalp problem that is identified by excessive flaking of dead skin tissue. For some it can be caused by external factors such as simply using the wrong shampoo, washing to often, not washing enough, or rinsing their hair in water that is too hot. Some people have a skin condition like psoriasis, eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis. A seborrheic dermatitis condition can sometimes be an internal factor as well as an external one. For others it is merely seasonal and related to cold and dry weather. Whatever the individuals cause turns out to be, there are many natural remedies to effectively treat each and every problem.

If what causes dandruff for you is related to shampoo usage, then I would take a look at the directions and especially the ingredients. Most medicated shampoo's contain ingredients that can be harmful to the scalp or even worsen the dandruff problem. Some people have even reported not having a dandruff problem until they accidentally used a medicating shampoo intended for dandruff sufferers. Most people can never fully treat or cure their problem with toxic or chemical ingredients present in their chosen application. So why use a product that is not natural and can potentially harm you? However, some chemical additives in dandruff shampoo's are intended to act as an antimicrobial or anti-fungal agent. There are many natural and less expensive alternatives that are just as effective.

To combat what causes dandruff you can use easily available items like apple juice, coconut oil, baking soda, and lemons just to name a few. Natural ingredients are surprisingly effective at treating what causes dandruff and much less expensive than a prepackaged treatment. Those ingredients I just mentioned are not to be combined all together but rather used independently to make a variety of different remedies to treat individual scalp problems. Although those are only four out of dozens of natural ingredients that can be utilized to treat any cause of dandruff, you can probably see how inexpensive and easy it is to boycott the manufactured dandruff products and just take of the problem yourself.

The major and most common culprits to what causes dandruff:

    Scalp psoriasis affects many parts of the body, included the scalp. The most common form of psoriasis is called psoriasis vulgaris. About 80% of people suffering from psoriasis actually have psoriasis vulgaris. This condition can vary in degree and severity just like any other skin condition. It is characterized by angry red lesions on the skin with a silvery, flaky upper skin layer, and will cause dead skin flakes to fall onto your clothes in a similar manner as dandruff. Though the most common place on the body to have psoriasis vulgaris is on the knees and elbows. So if you have dandruff symptoms on your scalp in addition to legions on your knees or elbows, your scalp problem is most likely caused by psoriasis vulgaris.
    Seborrhoeic dermatitis (sometimes called 'Seborrheic eczema') is also a skin disorder affecting the scalp and sometimes other parts of the body as well. Symptoms include flaking, itchy red irritated skin commonly found on areas of the body where there is the largest number of sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands secrete sebum, and sebum is a naturally occurring oil in the scalp.
    Malassezia yeast is also a naturally occurring fungi that is found on the scalp. Malassezia yeast needs to feed on the fatty sebum oil secreted by the sebaceous glands. Sometimes the human body produces to much sebum and the malassezia yeast grows out of control. If your skin is damaged in any way, like sores or scratches from excessive itching, the fungus can gain access into the skin, and possibly cause a fungal infection. When this happens, there is a biological reaction that increases the skin cells renewal process, which produces excess skin cells that have no where to go but off your head and onto your clothes. Thus producing the most common cause of dandruff. You can still have an appearance of dandruff whether there is a fungal infection present or not.

    A fungal infection is simply a result of Seborrhoeic dermatitis with a break or weak point on the skin of the scalp as explained above. If you do in fact have a fungal infection, it is most likely to be accompanied by a degree of pain, which regular dandruff very rarely is. While either of these conditions can be quite persistent, they are both easily dealt with using natural means.

If what causes dandruff for you is seasonal due to cold and dry weather, then you have a moisturizing problem. Actually a lack of moisture in the scalp. Although this is more of a simple case of dry skin rather than dandruff, it can still produce dandruff like flakes and at times be quite embarrassing. You could buy a moisturizing cream. Or if you have easy access to some aloe vera or even olive oil, that could help. It is important to note that there are not many natural remedies that can be used as a one size fits all type of treatment. The reason for this is because one persons cause of dandruff could be completely different from the next. Every persons biology is a little different as well. The important thing to remember is that anyone suffering from dandruff, no matter what the cause, can treat and fix the problem through natural means.

What else causes dandruff? Diet. Yes diet can play a major role as well. For example, if you consume a lot of red meat, you are consuming the type of saturated fats that can increase sebum secretion. Trans fatty acids found in margarine can also have the same effect. Your intake of vitamins and minerals could change how your dandruff problem reacts as well. Can dietary intake have the same effects and consequences for everybody? No.

Absolutely not. Because heredity and individual biological make up affect your susceptibility of what will and what will not have an effect on your dandruff condition. The same can be said for external factors as well. However, utilizing natural ingredients for your dandruff problem will always be healthier than applying any kind chemicals to your head.Daniel Bo wrote this article.

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