What Is Dandruff? What Causes Dandruff? & tips to reduce dandruff

Dandruff is becoming one of the major problems in today’s life because dandruff may lead to baldness. Actually what is meant by dandruff?

Dandruff is caused by a reaction to yeast called 'Pityrosporum ovale'. (Sounds bad, I know. Let's just say I wouldn't make my bread out of it!)

The reaction causes you to shed more and more dead cells from the surface of your scalp.

But here's the curious part…

It's not actually dry parts of your skin where dandruff occurs, but the greasy parts, where the skin glands are more active. So don't confuse dandruff for dry skin. It's quite the opposite.

Nevertheless, here's how to sort out your dandruff for good.

* Remove margarine and oils from your diet except for sesame oil, which you shouldn't eat but rub into your scalp instead. Yes, yes, it sounds ridiculous, but it does prevent the skin from peeling.

* Don't wear a hat. Sunlight actually stops pityrosporum ovale yeast from growing. So get more light on your noggin - doctor's orders.

* Don't scratch! Even when you shampoo, rub gently and don't dig your nails in. Fingernails damage the roots.

* Don't dye your hair. If you're gagging for Grecian 2000 or just hankering to return to the days of punk, forget it. Hair dye reduces the number of good bacteria on your scalp, some of which are essential in fighting dandruff yeast.

* Use tea tree oil. In the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, research showed that a 5% tea tree oil shampoo improved dandruff by 41%.

* Give it thyme. I found this interesting solution while surfing the internet. You should boil 4 table spoons of dried time in half a liter of water for 10 minutes. After it has cooled, strain it through a sieve. Massage the liquid into your scalp 3 times a week and leave it there overnight. (This potion can also be used to turn your neighbor into a newt, so use wisely.)

* Look for zinc. When you choose your anti-dandruff shampoo, try one with zinc-pyrithione, which is reputedly very good. Or you can try taking a zinc supplement. It could help.

As with most chronic diseases and conditions, getting the right nutrition is vital. Make sure you get vitamins B6, B12 and F into your diet.

A final thing is Stress. It is also a factor because you may not realize it, but when you are stressed you rub and scratch at your scalp.