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Dandruff is a common problem affecting people of all age, sex and ethnicity. It commonly manifest in the scalp as scales, excessive flakiness, scalp redness and in severe cases thick crusts on the scalp. When mild it can be asymptomatic but in moderate to severe cases it may bring along an avalanche of flakes, itchiness, dryness, redness and scalp bumps. Regardless of how common dandruff is, it holds a certain amount of social stigma in terms of social embarrassment and low self-esteem. On many occasions’ patient seek treatment to avoid social nuisance and pruritis which causes esthetical disturbance.
It has been well established that keratinocytes play a key role in the expression and generation of immunological reactions during dandruff formation. The severity of dandruff may fluctuate with season and it often worsens during winter.
Dandruff can be definitely managed.
Here’s how to cure dandruff permanently.
1. Causes of dandruff
2. How to cure dandruff permanently?
3. Other dandruff home remedies
There are several home remedies and medical treatments that one can undertake to manage dandruff and keep it at bay! Mentioned below are some of the best remedies for dandruff removal as well as tips on how to cure dandruff permanently.
Causes of dandruff
Before we jump in to a dandruff remedy, let's understand the etio-pathogenesis of dandruff. The role of lipophilic yeast belonging to the genus Malassezia is widely accepted to play a role in dandruff. Eichstedt was the first to recognize the presence of this fungus in the disease Pityriasis versicolor. The scalp form as biocenose for various organisms such as Staphylococci spp., Propionibacterium spp., and Malassezia spp. The density of these organisms increases by 1.5 to 2 times its normal level in dandruff. Interestingly, the specific relationship between a species of Malassezia appears to be the strategy for treating dandruff. The natural oils in our scalp, known as sebum, are key requirements to fuel the dandruff-causing microbe. Malassezia feeds off these oils, breaking it down into by-products, including oleic acid and that’s where dandruff starts.
A lot of people often ask, ‘is there a cure for dandruff?’ or "how to cure from dandruff?" and the simple answer to these questions is ‘no’ – it’s a recurring condition and so a one-off treatment won’t get rid of dandruff permanently. That’s because it’s caused by a microbe that’s always present on the scalp – Malassezia globosa. So, while you might get rid of flakes* when you use Head & Shoulders, it’s likely to come back again. But that’s not to say you can’t stop flakes coming back.
How to cure dandruff permanently?
The answer to your long-time question - "how to cure dandruff permanently" is quite simple – just use Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo every time you wash your hair. You’ll wash away any flakes plus, you’ll stop them coming back because you’ll fortify your protection against the root cause, as well as external factors that can damage your scalp.
Avoid ‘rotating’ your shampoo
There’s a common myth that you should switch shampoo regularly for the best effect. However, there is no evidence to show that’s beneficial. In fact, a lot of people complain that their dandruff keeps coming back but on many occasions that’s because they switched to a different, cosmetic shampoo.
Without the key anti-dandruff ingredient, zinc pyrithione, they lose their protection against Malasseizia globosa so it’s not surprising flakes return. Zinc pyrithione (ZPT) heals the scalp by normalizing the epithelial keratinization or sebum production or both. Studies have shown a significant reduction in the number of yeasts and a dramatic reduction of structural abnormalities found in dandruff with the use of ZPT; the population abundance of Malassezia decreases, parakeratosis gets eliminated and corneocytes lipid inclusions are diminished.
Occasionally you might find you need a different type of shampoo – for example, you may want to inject some life into your hair if it’s feeling dry. That’s why we developed a whole range of shampoos from our Anti-Hairfall shampoo to our ultra-conditioning Smooth and Silky. They all contain zinc pyrithione, so whichever one you choose you’ll remain protected against flakes and you can help stop dandruff from coming back.
Choose the right conditioner too
Another thing many people forget is conditioner. Using an ordinary, cosmetic conditioner could reduce the effectiveness of your anti-dandruff shampoo. That’s because they can wash away the key anti-dandruff ingredients. So, choose an anti-dandruff conditioner – we have developed them to work hand-in-hand with our shampoos so they complement the dandruff-fighting power in your shampoo while leaving your hair soft and smooth as all good conditioners should. It means you never have to compromise on great-looking hair and you can keep dandruff from coming back.
Other Dandruff Home Remedies
Using medicated shampoos and conditioners from the effective Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff 2-in-1 range is the best dandruff treatment and the most hassle-free method to combat dandruff and keep it in control on a daily basis. Having said that, there are a few other dandruff remedies that can be used along with the Head & Shoulders 2in1 anti-dandruff range to treat dandruff. Once and for all, restore that healthy scalp and the confidence you knew you always had!
Stress is an important sometimes unavoidable trigger for dandruff! Stress can exacerbate certain triggers which result in scalp itching and flakiness besides reducing quality of life through many different mechanisms. Sustained high levels of stress can compromise immune system making the scalp skin more susceptible to fungal infections and allergies. In a study of 82 people with seborrheic dermatitis, association with stress was found in majority of them. Reducing stress can definitely help in better control of dandruff.
Neem is a champion of ayurvedic herbs! Be it its leaves to its bark, every part of neem tree has variable medicinal uses. It can be used as an anti-bacterial for skin, teeth and hair, etc. It is a good moisturizer as it contains vitamin E and fatty acids, which hydrate the scalp. Neem oil reduces inflammation reducing redness and itchiness. It increases strength of hair follicles and reduces hair fall. Its anti-fungal properties help to reduce dandruff. And to make your life hassle free, now you don’t have to collect neem leaves, make a paste and apply on your hair. Head & Shoulders Neem Shampoo is a simple solution for dandruff. It comes with the goodness of neem and without the hassle of any home-remedies.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid:
Omega-3 fatty acid, when deficient causes dry skin and scalp dandruff. However, a balanced intake of omega 3 in diet can help to reduce scalp inflammation and reduce dandruff.
Aloe Vera is used as an ancient remedy to soothe inflamed scalp. It’s a great hydrating agent and helps to reduce dryness in hair follicles. Its known for its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can soothe scalp bumps which arise due to constant itching. The easiest way to fight dandruff is by getting your hands on the Head and Shoulders Supreme Scalp Soothing Shampoo & Conditioner for itchy Scalp. It not only helps you in bidding dandruff goodbye but also hydrates hair with antioxidants and reduces scalp irritation. The best part is, it gives you silky smooth hair, too, in just one wash and without the hassle of buying a separate conditioner for your hair.
Argan oil is also known as liquid gold. And rightly so because it is full of essential antioxidants. When it comes to hair, argan oil is an elixir in itself. It’s full of Vitamin E, fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory properties. It moisturizes scalp and helps to reduces scalp itching. For people who do regular hair styling Argan oil is a must as it reduces toxins from styling products. What’s more? It also fights the damage caused by air and water pollution. But it’s important to use pure argan oil for best results! For one simple reason – it’s extracted in Morocco. And that’s when Head & Shoulders Supreme Scalp Rejuvenation Range comes to your rescue. This scalp shampoo and conditioner is powered by argan oil and tackles dandruff by nourishing your dry scalp and cleansing every bit of chemical from the root to the tip of your hair.
Whatever the case may be! Your dandruff is definitely going away. Now that you are aware of treatments that cure dandruff and various home remedies to stay flake free, take every step with confidence to combat dandruff and progress in life with full confidence! Our busy lives calls for simple and easy to do options to fight dandruff. The convenience with which the Head & Shoulders 2-in-1 range works is impeccable. It is multifaceted with the power of anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner together! Along with this, it has got added benefits which provide silky smooth hair, nourished scalp and a strong protective shield from dandruff and its effects on the scalp.