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Is Anti Dandruff shampoo the solution of Dandruff? Featured

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Know more about dandruff, use of antidandruff shampoo and other alternative ways to get rid of stubborn dandruff.

dandruffAbout 110 bottles of the anti dandruff formula are sold every minute, that counts 29 million a year, bottles of antidandruff shampoo is used. This data  published in daily mail itself suggest how common the problem of dandruff is, and  it won’t be wrong if we say that at some point of time each of us have face the problem of itchy, flaky scalp. 

Many shampoo manufacturing companies claim that by using thier anti dandruff shampoo you will surely get rid of the dandruff.

However, whether the use of anti dandruff shampoo helps to git rid of problem, are they safe? Wouldn’t they actually promote flakes?  Should I use medicated antidandruff shampoo, or use natural products or even try house hold remedies? – are common questions that arise in our mind… Let’s try to find out the answer of some of them.

What is or what causes dandruff?

Dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis is a condition where the dead skin cell on the scalp shed excessively and rapidly. In some it can also affect the face. Dandruff occurs when skin cells form too fast, meaning more skin cells are shed and become clumps that can be seen by the naked eye; due to various reasons including fungal infection, psoriasis, dermatitis or it could be due to simple dry skin that may lead to itchiness and shedding of flakes.

The problem of dandruff could be severe to mild, in some types of dandruff there is excessive shedding of the flakes where as in few they adhere to the scalp and build up to a form of thick covering.

Stress and diet may also trigger the Dandruff.  ‘This is because stress increases sebum production, and the sebum feeds the yeast.’’ says Dr Emerson Consultant dermatologist Dr Russell Emerson, at The Hove Skin Clinic.

Does Anti- dandruff Shampoo  work?

Trichologist Tony Maleedy says ‘If the underlying cause isn’t treated properly, the scales will quickly return,’ at published news article. The medicated shampoos that are formulated to treat a specific cause of dandruff may help to get rid of dandruff up to certain extent. Shampoos containing zinc pyprithiodne have antibacterial and anti fungal agents thus they treat fungal infection. Others containing Tar is helpful in case of dandruff caused by contact dermatitis or psoriasis.

In case where one formulation fails to give result switching to other formula may help to get dandruff free scalp. Experts advise to use medicated shampoos every day until your dandruff clears up, then just once or twice a week to maintain a clear scalp.

Use medicated shampoo as per given instruction or as guided by the physician or dermatologist.


Does the Use of Anti dandruff shampoo aggravate the problem?
The medication such as Zinc pyrithione present in medicated shampoo controls the condition – suggest trichologist Marilyn Sherlock in a published news article. Expert emphasis on maintaining the regularity and suggest failing to it will bring on the dandruff again.
Again shampoos with ketoconazole should be used no more than twice a week between regular shampoos, as more regular use of shampoo containing ketoconazole may cause skin irritation.
It is advisable to consult dermatologist or your family physician if use of the available formula does not help to solve the problem.‘Should you suffer from severe dandruff for more than six weeks that doesn’t respond to anti-dandruff shampoos, see your GP,’ ‘It may be a more serious problem, such as psoriasis’ says Dr Emerson in a published news article at Daily mail.

The medicated shampoo generally clear the cause like fungus, thus use of some shampoo containing chemicals may clear the yeast but it grows back so one need to maintain the use of anti dandruff shampoo. It’s about controlling the condition rather than curing says expert.

Dealing with Dandruff:
Treating of cause can help you to get rid of dandruff. Dandruff due to skin disease like psoriasis need to be treated systemically under the supervision of specialist, either Dermatologist or an experience Homoeopath Therapist can treat psoriasis effectively.

  • Avoid Hair products: Certain hair styling products such as sprays, gels and mousses can build up on scalp over time and may flake off looking like dandruff. They may also trap oil on your scalp, aggravating the dandruff.
  • Oil your Scalp to avoid drynessDry skin of the scalp is the most common cause of dandruff. Moisturising scalp with oil may help to get rid of dandruff. Simply warm any of oil, olive, almond or coconut oil and apply it to your scalp with fingers. Wrap the hot towel around the head for a half an hour, this will help the oil to soak in before you shampoo.
    Visiting the salon for head massage followed by steam is a great thing to do. The professional head massage with oil not only treat the dryness it also makes you relieved- stress free. In case of severe dryness you can opt for anti dandruff treatment at salon or Spa.
  • Stay hydrated: Last but not the least is to pay attention to over all hygiene which includes regular shampooing. Balance diet and enough drinking of water is must to have healthy skin of scalp as well.

 Effective natural remedies for Dandruff:

  • Use of Rose merry and tea tree essential oil have given promising result in treatment of dandruff as they both have antifungal property.
  • Even topical application of aloe Vera gel has also shown improvement in case of dermatitis due to its anti inflammatory properties.
  • Certain homoeopathic preparation had helped many to get rid of dandruff. Homoeopathic oil, shampoo or local application of some bio chemic medicine can be used to control dandruff.

  • Consult Ayurvedic, Homoeopathic or Aromatherapist therapist to get long lasting relief from Dandruff..

The judicious combination of all can surely make you Dandruff free….

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  • Comment Link Dr A.C.Rajeev Kumar Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:04 posted by Dr A.C.Rajeev Kumar

    Shampoo contain chemicals which may damage hair and scalp.Its better
    to use natural hair cleansers to prevent dandruff and to protect
    scalp.There are lot of natural shampoo formulations that can be made
    at home.

  • Comment Link uma senthil Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:21 posted by uma senthil

    Definitely NOT. Dandruff is an infection and In Ayurveda we can say it is lot more than just infection, We have to treat it for a period of 2 - 3 months so that it doesnt reoccur. Any tailam for psoriasis seems to be effective for dandruff too...

  • Comment Link Carol Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:31 posted by Carol

    It is true that we spend lots of money on shampoos that don't really work for one reason or another. I had dandruff issues for years and I found it was a result of a deficiency (omega 3). I live in landlocked country. Bought supplements and they worked. Nutrition evaluation needed to help diagnose where problem could be.

  • Comment Link Lorraine Hansen Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:24 posted by Lorraine Hansen

    This article made me realize that I've been dandruff free since I've been drinking Electrolyzed Reduced Water, so for me hydration must have been the key!

  • Comment Link Genin Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:14 posted by Genin

    Never had it. If I ever did, I'd try herbs (rosemary, tea tree, etc.) before putting poisonous shampoo on my scalp.

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