Dandruff is a common condition, but most dandruff sufferers find the problem tiresome and embarrassing. People with dandruff typically find white flakes on their shoulders throughout the day, especially if they’re wearing dark colors. These flakes are pieces of skin that are falling off their head. This isn’t cause for concern—it’s just your body’s natural way of regenerating itself. But if it starts to annoy you, there are a few things you should know about dandruff.
Who Suffers From Dandruff?
First of all, dandruff doesn’t mean that you need to do a better job washing your hair or keeping your scalp clean. It also doesn’t mean that you necessarily have a dry scalp. In fact, most dandruff sufferers have oily hair. Dandruff simply means that your scalp is working in overdrive. Therefore, anyone can get dandruff.
Sometimes dandruff can be more than an aesthetic nuisance, though. Severe dandruff sufferers can develop a red and itchy scalp which can be extremely irritating. (This condition is called seborrhoeic eczema or seborrhoeic dermatitis.) In these instances, it’s almost always necessary to do something about it.
If you thought that you might have dandruff, and then summer came around and your symptoms were relieved, don’t sigh in relief just yet. Oftentimes dandruff gets worse in the winter months and is relieved in the summer months. That’s because the light is a kind of natural cure for dandruff.
Don’t want to wait for summer? You’re going to need to be treated for your dandruff. Most people can just use dandruff shampoo to treat their scalps, like Head & Shoulders, Selsun or something prescribed by their doctors.
These shampoos include sulfides that handle dandruff. Other prescribed shampoos include ketoconazole, which is anti-fungal and works more powerfully. These should be used multiple days a week to begin to relieve symptoms, then just once a week (or as prescribed) to prevent symptoms from returning.