Finding flakes on your scalp, or even on your clothes can be a huge confidence breaker. Not to mention the discomfort caused from a dry and itchy scalp. If you’re suffering from dandruff, we have 6 expert dos and don’ts to help you get rid of those flakes and feel great again.
DO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DANDRUFF AND DRY SCALP
It’s important to be able to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp. A quick way of identifying which condition you have is to take a look at the flakes it produces: If you’re suffering from a dry scalp, the flakes will be white in colour, fall off the scalp more frequently and smaller in size. Dandruff flakes are larger than dry scalp flakes, and do not fall off the scalp as easily.
DO SHAMPOO REGULARLY WITH AN ANTI-DANDRUFF SHAMPOO
Dandruff doesn’t go away on its own. The most effective way to get rid of the signs of dandruff and keep them from coming back is to use a good anti-dandruff shampoo.
Anti-dandruff shampoos are specially formulated with active ingredients that tackle the causes and signs of dandruff in different ways. For example, CLEAR Oil Control is a shampoo for oily scalps that uses a formulation infused with lemon extract and it frees the scalp of excess oil, preventing dandruff from coming back* and greasy hair. CLEAR Itch Relief on the other hand are combined with lavender extract and this special formula to provide fast acting relief from the feeling of itchiness, dryness and irritation on the scalp. Both of these shampoos also work to eliminate visible flakes on the scalp.
DO TRY HOME REMEDIES
Home remedies are a natural and effective way of tackling dandruff, especially when used as part of your regular hair care routine. Easy to find products like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and coconut oil each have contain vitamins and natural anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties that can help with dry skin on the scalp and malasezzia build up.
DON'T THINK DANDRUFF IS CONTAGIOUS
A common myth about dandruff is that it’s contagious. This misconception likely stems from the fact that a dandruff scalp is caused by the presence of fungus called malassezia, which people wrongly assume can be spread from person to person. In actuality, malassezia is found on all scalps and everyone is prone to developing dandruff as a result of it.
Malassezia is part of the scalp’s normal skin flora and is usually harmless. It’s only when the scalp’s natural protective barrier is weakened that the presence malassezia becomes a dandruff causing issue.
DON'T SCRATCH YOUR SCALP
When you’ve got an itchy scalp the temptation to scratch it with your fingernails or a brush can be overwhelming, but don’t give in. Scratching at an itchy feeling or inflamed scalp is only going to make it worse and possibly cause further damage to your skin.
This is especially true when washing your hair. The best way to deal with an itchy scalp to gently massage shampoo in your scalp rather than abrasively working product in to the scalp.
DON'T LEAVE YOUR HAIR WET
If you lead a busy life, drying your hair immediately after getting out of the shower can seem like a bit of a hassle. Leaving your hair to dry on its own might seem like saving time, but doing can mean bad news for your scalp and hair. Wet hair is more susceptible to damage and breakage and the sweat and damp that accumulate on the scalp when the hair is drying can encourage itchiness and flaking.
Contrary to popular belief, using a blow dryer is better for your hair than air-drying. When used on a low setting and held at a safe distance (about 6 inches) from the hair, a blow dryer will sufficiently dry your hair without drying out your scalp.
Now that you know the dos and don’ts of dandruff care, you should find it easier to manage appearance of flakes on the scalp. As always, it’s important to use an expert anti-dandruff shampoo like CLEAR Complete Care to keep flakes at bay and your scalp and hair feeling healthy, clear and looking great.
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