Dandruff - caused by the overgrowth of a microscopic yeast - affects more than 50% us at some time and men are more susceptible to it than women. It's quite normal to shed some dead skin flakes since skin is constantly renewing itself, but yeast overgrowth on the scalp can speed up this process and lead to the formation of unsightly flakes. Nobody's entirely sure what sends the yeast into overdrive but stress, hormonal changes, humidity and changes in diet are thought to be triggers. The (somewhat) good news is that it tends to ease off in middle age but until then you'll need a good anti-dandruff strategy.
Don't scratch! The more your fiddle with your scalp the more you'll irritate the skin and the bigger the flakes will be. You also run the risk of damaging the hair follicles. Cut back on sugary and salty foods as both of these can cause your scalp's natural secretions to alter and make your skin vulnerable to yeast overgrowth.
Always use an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner like the Alterna Caviar Clinical Dandruff Control Shampoo and Conditioner which help to break down the flakes so they can be washed away easily and restore moisture to balance the scalp, preventing further dryness. Alternatively to get rid of dandruff that's more severe, there's Phyto Phytosquam Intense shampoo which should left on the hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing; this should shift the most stubborn flakes whilst leaving your hair looking great too. For a refreshed feeling, try the Paul Mitchell Hair & Scalp Treatment, which contains willow bark to soothe the skin and pepperment and tea tree oils for a fresh, tingly sensation. In fact, research in Australia has shown that tea tree oil can cut the incidence of dandruff by nearly half.
If normal anti-dandruff shampoos don't do the job try one containing the anti-fungal agent ketoconazole which attacks the yeast itself.
Get out more! Studies have shown that men who spend more time outside tend to suffer from less dandruff than those stuck inside all day. It's thought that sunlight inhibits the growth of the dandruff-causing Pityrosporum Ovale yeast.
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