Hair Issues – Dandruff
After a very busy Monday, on my way back from work one evening, in this very tight danfo bus, on top of the smell and sweat that flowed freely, after trying to avoid the stench from getting to my clothes by leaning forward only for the lady in front on me to tap seriously on her head as if she was settling a case within her skull, to the extent that everyone’s eyes was directed at her, it took a while for us to notice she was actually trying to allay an itch, Wwhhoooaaaa………………….. I can’t imagine tapping my head so hard in such heat, I would have passed out, got me thinking; why do most ladies have the mannerism of tapping their heads, is it something that they enjoy or can’t they just get to the root cause of such mannerism?
DANDRUFF is actually a fungal infection caused by Malassezia furfur as suggested by older literature.
Our hair is a precious part of our body, recognized as our glory and so it is not unusual to expect the best of it; the texture, colour, length and most especially its appearance, so it is essential that we nourish and vitalize it always.
Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear. It is a common condition, marked by itching, in some cases it can be embarrassing and not easy to treat.
Human skin cells are forever renewing themselves. As skin cells in the scalp are renewed the old (dead) ones are pushed to the surface and then out of the scalp, they are literally expelled. In the case of dandruff they are more rapidly expelled causing these flakes to be very visible.
Dandruff can also be a manifestation of an allergic reaction to chemicals in hair gels, sprays and shampoos.
Care for the hair and of the scalp skin may appear separate but are actually intertwined because hair grows from beneath the scalp.
Scalp skin just like any other skin on the body must be kept just like any other skin on the body to ensure a healthy body and healthy hair production.
The scalp skin produces sebum oil, that acts to protect your hair and skin and can inhibit the growth of micro-organisms on the skin, it also provides hair moisture and shine as it travels drown the hair shaft naturally and serves as a protective substance preventing the hair from drying out or absorbing excessive amounts of external substances.
The sebum when allowed to accumulate over time mixes with the old skin cells (dead) which are pushed to the surface and then out of the scalp epithelia of the skin and starts to form flakes which turn to scaly white flakes, sometimes known as dandruff.
This can be prevented using suitable shampoos for your hair as different scalp skin requires different shampoos.
Dandruff can be controlled; in mild cases, the person needs only find suitable shampoo which contains gentle cleanser, in severe cases, a medicated shampoo will be required.
Content: Zinc pyrithione
Best known for its use in treating dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. It also has antibacterial properties and is effective against many pathogens from the Streptococcus and Staphylococcus genera. Its other medical applications include treatments of psoriasis, eczema, ringworm, fungus, athletes foot, dry skin, atopic dermatitis, tinea, and vitiligo
Content; Selenium Sulphide
For relief of flaking and itching due to dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis and to help prevent recurrence.
Some others include;