How to get rid of dandruff
Dandruff is a condition that affects up to 50% of the worldwide adult population and can cause people to experience an itchy, flaky scalp and can even lead to hair loss due to excessive scratching which damages the hair follicles.
Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of your dandruff, and we’re going to show you three of our tried-and-true methods. Keep reading to learn how you can improve your scalp health and prevent and treat dandruff!
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a condition that causes the skin on the scalp to flake and sometimes to itch. Dandruff typically starts around puberty and can continue into a person’s middle age. While not contagious or dangerous, it can feel embarrassing to live with dandruff and can affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence.
What are the signs of dandruff?
Dandruff can be recognized by the flakes of skin that come off the scalp as well as by a red and itchy or dry and itchy scalp.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff can be caused by many different things, including an overly dry or overly oily scalp, sensitivity to hair care products, skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, not shampooing enough, or fungal or bacterial infections in the skin.
Certain life factors, like being male, having certain illnesses or being between puberty and middle age, can put you at a higher risk of developing dandruff.
How to get rid of dandruff
The first step to getting rid of dandruff is to figure out what is causing your dandruff in the first place. Sometimes the cause is obvious, like an overly dry scalp. However, sometimes the cause is more complicated and may require a check-up from a dermatologist to determine the true cause of your scalp troubles. Once you know the cause of your dandruff, you’re in luck – there are many proven strategies for getting rid of dandruff and soothing an itchy scalp. Check out these three techniques that prevent and fight dandruff and fix an itchy scalp:
Use an anti-dandruff shampoo routine. (H3)
Some dandruff and scalp itching is caused by having overly oily or overly dry skin, so altering your shampoo routine may help significantly to restore balance to your scalp. We recommend following the juliArt ECHO shampoo routine for both dry and oily scalp types.
- E: Exfoliate your scalp. Apply our Repairing Scalp Mask (for dry scalps) or Oil Balance Mask (for oily scalps) to prep and prepare your scalp for the anti-dandruff treatment. Rub the mask into your scalp, hairline and at the nape of your neck. Our masks are specially formulated to be anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, control oil and improve hair follicle vitality. Then, without rinsing the mask, apply our Exfoliating Liquid Shampoo and massage into your scalp. Rinse.
- C: Clean your scalp. Choose the shampoo that is right for you. Since dandruff is a significant concern for you, we recommend the Dandruff Relief Shampoo for dandruff caused by having a dry scalp and the Oil Balance Shampoo for dandruff caused by an oily scalp. Rinse.
- H: Hydration. Choose the hydration option that is right for you. We recommend the Dandruff Relief Scalp Restorer or CISPER Scalp Restorer for Dry Scalp if your dandruff is caused by dry scalp and the Oil Balance Scalp Restorer or CISPER Scalp Restorer for Oily Scalp if your dandruff is caused by an oily scalp.
- O: Overall growth. Apply the CISPER Hair Revitalizing Serum to encourage healthy hair growth. We recommend applying this to a dry scalp and activating it with heat by blow-drying your hair.
Eat a healthy diet.
A little-known contributor to dandruff is an out-of-balance digestive system and/or a diet that lacks proper nutrition. Be sure to go light on the sugar intake and eat plenty of whole foods like nuts, grains and beans, and include foods like onions and garlic (for allicin, which is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compound) and fermented foods like miso soup or home-made vinegar-free pickles for probiotics.
Stress is known to cause a number of health complications, and dandruff is one of them! Specifically, the type of dandruff called seborrheic dermatitis, which appears as oily flakes on the scalp, can be worsened by stress. So, if you find you have dandruff flare-ups, consider if stress could be one of the causes. Monitor when your dandruff appears or worsens, and take steps to increase enjoyment throughout the day and reduce stress if possible.
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