It’s no surprise to know that half of the world’ population is affected by this most common scalp disorder, dandruff in some form or the other ails us, considering due to the erratic lifestyle and drastic environment change that tampers with our immunity system. The Unalluring and irritating factor about Dandruff is, apart from causing a lot of discomfort it affects the way you feel about yourself.
Aesthetically very unpleasing, the Dry flakes that are strewn about, leaves most suffering with it feeling under confidant and in turn they become quite anti-social while constantly being perturbed with low self-esteem. Known to be rare to affect before puberty, however it can still can affect anyone between the ages of ten and twenty and a 40% of people above the age of thirty suffer by it most commonly. What exactly is Dandruff? What causes it and why so many are so frequently affected by it?
Skin cells die and a fairly small amount of flaking is normal, however over excessive shedding of dead skins cells from the scalp is categorised as dandruff which follows redness and irritation. Seasonal changes effects the severity of dandruff which does get worse during winters. Keratinocyte is the predominant cell in the outmost layer of the skin, which makes up for 90% of cells in that layer, the primary function of Keratinocytes is to form a barrier against bacteria, fungi, viruses, heat, UV radiation and dehydration.
They play a major role in the generation of immunological reactions during dandruff formation. Studies show that perhaps the reason for dandruff are three factors, Skin oil referred as sebaceous secretions, metabolic by products or skin micro – organism (Malassezia yeasts, which is kind of fungi naturally found on skin surfaces of humans and animals) Dry skin, and Allergy sensitivity. So, how does one get affected by these, even when you think you have been following a normal hair care hair routine?
The primary causes that triggers dandruff are:
Seborrheic Dermatitis (oily skin) – A most common cause for dandruff, it affects the scalp and areas of the body which are rich in oil glands. The affected area turns red and the greasy skin is covered with flaky white or yellow scales.
Causes – Theories suggests that the cause of this is a weakened immune system and the lack of specific nutrients like zinc, seasonal changes, stress and in some cases due to issues with the nervous system.
– This fungus thrives on the scalp and irritates it causing more skin cells to grow which die and fall away. The aggravated skin by metabolites of the yeast is majorly the cause of dermatitis.
Causes – Humidity, sweating and oily skin.
Dry Skin – Dry skin causes small scaly flakes, however redness or inflammation is very unlikely.
Cause – Hormonal changes, stress, lack of nutrients such as fatty acids and Vitamin B, seasonal changes and even puberty.
Sensitivity – Reactions to certain hair dyes and products can cause red, itchy and scaly scalps.
Cause- known as contact dermatitis, is due to an allergic reaction after being exposed to a foreign substance.
Tea Tree and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Nature’s dandruff counteract-ant
Tea Tree Oil: Named so by the 18th century sailors, who would make tea that would emit an aroma like nutmeg from the these leave that grew on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Used topically as an antiseptic to treat cuts and abrasions, the chemical in the Tea Tree oil, kills bacteria, fungus and controls allergic skin reactions.
Melaleuca alternifolia the Australian native plant has been used for over 100 years and it’s been documented in various medical studies and is proved to eliminate viruses, bacteria and fungi. The antiseptic and anti- inflammatory properties of Tea tree oil, has been proven extremely effective in soothing dry flaking skin, curing fungus and dandruff.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: unrefined oil is termed as virgin or pure. Virgin coconut oil works wonders for skin and hair care because it contains phytonutrients and Polyphenols.
• Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants that protect them from other insect attacks and radiation from UV rays and the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties also enhance immunity.
• Polyphenols are chemicals found in plants that have important health benefits apart from preventing cancer, heart disease and diabetes, it also works as an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Used extensively for it’s remarkable conditioning abilities while it aides in the re-growth process for damaged hair, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is embodied with the essential proteins that is needed in rejuvenating, nourishing and healing damaged hair caused by Hygra fatigue, which is the excessive swelling of the hair cuticles when it absorbs water and the contracting of the hair cuticle dries it.
Tried and tested the world over, regular head massages with Extra virgin coconut oil eliminates dandruff, keeps your scalp healthy and free from lice and lice eggs. Research shows that Extra virgin coconut oil works as a soothing balm and also relieves stress and mental fatigue.
Dermatologist believe that anti-fungal treatments such as Ketoconazole based shampoos are effective however excessive use of it can lead to various serious side effects including liver failure. Not recommended as a permanent treatment against Dandruff, Natural remedies are more accepted these days.
And why shouldn’t they be, they have ben trusted for centuries and they have transitioned years of research that never seemed to have drowned out their magical healing properties, as compared with whatever alternative medicines that allopathy has introduced till date.
We surge through the many solutions to our various health worries that agonise our peace in our daily lives. At the end of it, all that we seek is the purity of the truth behind all that claims to help us decide on what would never corrupt the sanctity of our precious bodies and would genuinely heal us.
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