This time of year I always see an increase in people getting dandruff. Inside air is dryer due to heating and our skin can suffer the consequences for that.
There are 2 types of dandruff. One is white, small flakes. A conditioner, worked all the way down onto the scalp or a moisturizing shampoo will usually do the trick. If your hair has a tendency to be ‘dry’, using both of those products is a good idea.
The other type is the one teens experience. One way to identify this type of dandruff is a ‘break-out’ on the skin @ the hairline, sideburn area. The pores can become affected and spread downward across the face. The pore then produces pustules, blackheads or pimples. This can result in scars, or pock marks. Not to mention the cost associated with products/medications to bring the skin back under control. This type of dandruff has a light to heavy ‘yellow’ tint to the small – large flakes. (much the same as a baby with ‘cradle cap’.) The ‘cure’ could be as simple as using a cleansing shampoo daily. Some teens benefit for morning AND night shampooing and it is imperative to focus on cleansing the scalp. ( If extreme itching and/or sores, blisters are present, seek a doctors advice.) Concentrate of using entire fingertips in a massaging motion that will work the cleansing action of the shampoo down onto the scalp. Some dandruff shampoos contain a ‘lift’ ingredient that will assist on clearing the scalp of this covering. This covering is a combination of dead skin cells, scalp oil (sebum) hair spray/products and whatever is carried in the air we breathe. Think of it as, forget about the hair, your purpose is to cleanse the scalp and the hair will get in the way and get clean by accident.
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