As I promised before on another post, here I’m writing again about that not so “embarrassing” illness, dandruff. I want to help you identify a few different risk factors as well as some tips to help you reduce those risks.There are many different conditions that can cause skin scaling that may be a yeast like fungus, like dry skin, seborreheic dermatitis, psoriasis, cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp) and contact dermatitis. Among the risk factors for dandruff, you can find:
- Age: Dandruff it’s more common among young adults and it can continue through middle age, being less frequent on children and older people.
- Sex: Dandruff it’s more of a male illness, some doctors affirm that male hormones play a very important role in dandruff. The larger sebaceous glands produce an oil called sebum.
- Oily Hair and Scalp: People with oily hair are more likely to have dandruff.
- Certain Illness: There are certain diseases that are more likely to develop seborrheic, such as Parkinson’s disease. So Parkinson’s disease’s patience are more likely to have dandruff.
- Stress: People recovering from stressful conditions, like heart attack and stroke, and also people with compromised immune systems are more prone to dandruff.
According to these risk factors, it’s practically impossible to prevent dandruff, but there are many ways to reduce all these risk factors and together with the right treatments you can cure the illness.Here are a few tips that will help you reduce your risks of dandruff:
- Learn to manage stress: As said before stressful situations help trigger dandruff and many other conditions and diseases as well, so you should try by all means to avoid stressful situations. If you are suffering from severe stress, you should consult a professional.
- Shampoo often: If you have oily hair and scalp, you should shampoo daily to remove the excess oil that will help you prevent dandruff. You should try some natural and safe shampoo like the ones offered by my favorite company (ask me what it is) that adjust to the needs of all kind of hair.This companies shampoo contains tee tree oil that is a known anti-fungal and helps eliminate dandruff.
- Avoid overuse of hair products: Most hair products tend to make your hair and scalp oily, so you should try to cut back on hair sprays, styling gels, mousses and hair waxes.
- Eat healthy: This piece of advice is useful for your life in general. To prevent dandruff you should try a diet with enough zinc and B vitamins an essential fatty acid. Here is a partial list of foods that contain zinc and Vitamin B in them: Beef, Crabmeat, Oysters, Lamb, Pork, Turkey, Salmon and Brown Rice just to name a few.
- Get a little sun: Sunlight can be as beneficial as damaging so you should wear sunscreen on you face and body to protect your skin from burning, to avoid the risk of skin cancer but at the same time it’s very important to spend some little time outdoors every day to prevent dandruff. Why not try a sunscreen that is pure, safe and beneficial for your body made from botanicals and herbs and still give you awesome coverage?
I hope this advice is useful.What other risk factors do you know for dandruff? What other tips can you give us to reduce them? Be a contributor to this blog and have your voice heard 🙂