What is Dandruff?

Dandruff, scientifically known as Seborrheic dermatitis, is a condition where your body sheds dead scalp cells which then fall out of your hair. It isn’t serious nor contagious; however, it is known to be embarrassing in common culture.

What are the Symptoms of Dandruff?

Typical: Dandruff signs and symptoms tend to flare in the cold and dry seasons, as well as when you are more stressed. Symptoms and signs include:

  • Dead skin flakes (Dandruff) on your shoulder, mustache, bear, eyebrows, or scalp.
  • Irritated scalp
  • Infants show signs of scalp irritations (crusty and scaly)

What are the Causes of Dandruff?

Dandruff is most commonly caused by a lack of blood supply to the scalp. Since there is a lack of oxygen and protein, the scalp becomes dry and flaky. Less commonly, dandruff can be caused by a lack of Vitamin B-6 or an excess Vata Dosha, which makes the skin dry. Dandruff has various causes such as:

  • Dry scalp
  • Oily and Irritated skin
  • Not using enough shampoo
  • Adverse reaction to certain hair products
  • Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

When to see a Doctor?

The majority of dandruff cases don’t require a doctor’s visit. See your dermatologist if your dandruff doesn’t improve after trying over-the-counter dandruff shampoo and trying these Ayurvedic remedies.

Regular screening: Not required because dandruff is self-diagnosable.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Dandruff

  • Wash and clean scalp often
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Use an anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Talk with your dermatologist about a haircare regime.
  • Avoid long sunlight exposure on the scalp
  • Avoid stressful situations or activities

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Dandruff

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Fenugreek | Citrus Lemon | Green Gram | Neem | Aloe Vera | Amla
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.
Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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