Trichologist specialist explains dandruff and whether it causes hair loss.
DANDRUFF is a non-contagious skin ailment characterized by scaly flakes that sit in your hair or fall to your shoulders. Stephanie Sey, a trichologist who specializes in the hair and scalp, explains the prevalent condition.
“The yeast that causes dandruff, Malassezia, is a live organism,” Sey explained, but it doesn’t always lead to hair loss, unless you scratch your head too much. “If your scalp is itchy, you may scratch your hair more than usual,” Sey explained, “which can harm your scalp and lead to hair loss and breakage.” The “inflammatory component of Seborrhoeic dermatitis” is another reason of excessive hair shedding.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a type of eczema that can cause dandruff, according to DermNet NZ.
“Dandruff is itchy because it is the scalp’s inflammatory response to the yeast Malassezia overgrowth,” Sey added.
To get rid of dandruff, Sey advises against using white wine vinegar and lemon juice.
She’s also not a fan of avocado oil. “Dandruff is a lipid-feeding disorder that feeds on the liquids in your scalp, like sebum,” she explained.
“Adding more oil, such as avocado oil, may aggravate the problem. Instead, I recommend eating an avocado.” “Honey is a fantastic substance with numerous conditioning properties,” Sey exclaimed.
“It’s a humectant, which means it absorbs moisture from the air and makes hair silky and supple.
“However, I haven’t seen any evidence that it helps cure dandruff.” “It’s better to tackle the cause, which is the yeast, so taking a proven anti-fungal, such as Nizoral, is best,” Sey recommended.
The medicated shampoo has been professionally shown to help with dandruff for a long time.
This is due to the presence of Ketoconazole, a potent antifungal agent.
Another way to get rid of dandruff is to wash your hair with colder water.
“It’s possible that showering with cooler water will help with the overall state of the skin,” Sey remarked.
“It could make your skin less dry, because hot water can dry out your skin,” Sey explained, adding that a scalp massager can help relieve itchy scalps and brushing the hair can dislodge flakes.
“It’s always ideal to use a medicated shampoo to treat the source, not simply the symptoms,” Sey stated emphatically.
“While dandruff can go away on its own, it’s best to treat it early to avoid it getting worse over time,” Sey noted.
“Dandruff is a skin disorder that.”