What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is the general term given to a non-inflammatory excessive scaling of the scalp. In many cases of dandruff, the scales are greasy to the touch although a description of “a dry scalp” is often presented at Sussex Trichology.
Causes of Dandruff
Dandruff is incredibly common with most people experiencing a degree of dandruff during their lifetime.
To successfully understand dandruff condition and keep it away, it is important the individual knows the contributing factors. Causes of dandruff include stress, diet, medication, or a change in hormone levels.
Symptoms of Dandruff
Dandruff can cause the scalp to feel itchy, and the sufferer may feel the need to scratch their head. They may be aware of having white flakes of skin on their shoulders and through the lengths of the hair- particularly after brushing or combing the hair. If the degree of dandruff is particularly severe, the scalp may even feel quite “tender” and sore.
If your scalp is itchy or you have scales on your scalp, do not leave this to “hopefully go away” it most likely will not without the help of specific medicated products.
The type of dandruff most often seen in the consultation is ‘Pityriasis Capitis’. This condition usually causes a mild form of scale without inflammation and is often seen when the patient is under stress. A moderate amount of dandruff can sometimes be treated by using over-the-counter shampoos; however, if you feel your level of dandruff is more persistent than previously mentioned, you are advised to consult Sussex Trichology, for dietary advice and on how to treat and then control your condition.
There are many possible reasons for this, and in consultation, Shuna Hammocks would ask you about the followings:
- your general health
- the level of dairy products consumed
- the frequency of washing hair
- your stress levels
- which part of the menstrual cycle you are on, and
- whether there is an imbalance of hormones – an increased level of testosterone can alter the composition of the sebum produced
In addition to the increased cell turnover dandruff usually occurs when there is also a change to the number of bacteria on the scalp, we can treat this scalp condition with an increased frequency of hair washing. The epidermis (upper layer of the skin) is covered in “micro flora” which is made up of many elements one of which is bacteria. This alters for many reasons including humidity, hormone levels, stress factors and the product content used to clean the skin.