How to get rid of dandruff

Dandruff – not the most pleasant topic to talk about. Yet, a large number of people at least once in their lives have to deal with them. Personally, I do suffer from itchy scalp and during winter it gets worse.

Why dandruff happen? There are plenty of reasons, such as over active yeast living on our scalps, genetics, hormones, inflammation, stress, environment, wrong hair products and the list goes on.

They can be described as “white flakes” that appear as dead skin cells shed from the scalp. People with very healthy scalp will shed some skin cells, however some of us shed more, which results in dandruffs.

Why it is important to treat dandruff? Dandruff don’t make our scalp and hair follicles happy, which means hair follicles are not able to produce healthy hair. Suffering from itchy, dry scalp  results in unhealthy, slow hair growth. Everytime someone asks me how to grow strong long hair my answer is to look after your scalp.

How to treat dandruff? There are specific ingredients you can find in shampoos that should help with itchy dry scalp

 

Zinc pyriothine: Anti-fungal, reduces itching and appearance of dandruffs. However, zinc pyriothine can also increase greasiness. Therefore, people with itchy and oily hair should probably stay away from this ingredient


Salicylic acid – removes flakes, work against itching


Tea tree oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass – anti-fungal, anti-septic, promote healing



The ingredients below are probably the best for those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema or very dry skin. However, I am not clinician, but these are my suggestions according to the published scientific literature

Tar, Selenium disulphide, Sulfur, Ketaconazole – slows down proliferation of skin cells, anti-fungal, results in less dandruffs


My experience with itchy scalp? During autumn and winter my scalp tends to get more sensitive and produce more dandruffs. Therefore, I choose Head&Shoulders because zinc pyriothine works very well for me. In addition, I also get dry/flaky eyebrows and applying small amount of shampoo also helps.

In spring and summer scalp situation is much better. Recently, I have been using Label M shampoo and I am loving it! The lemongrass in the shampoo works well in preventing any itchy feeling. 

Overall, healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair. Choose the right products, gently massage our scalp during hair wash and your HAIR will Thank You. 

Let me know if you have any tips and tricks how to look after your scalp and hair!

 

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  • Jo

    Interesting article. I get eczema round my hairline and have to use an over the counter medicated shampoo when it flares up.

    • During my PhD I read a few articles regarding eczema and there are some suggestions that oat extract really works well, I believe Aveeno makes some products! Hope you are well x

  • This was such an interesting read! I don’t have a ‘typical’ dandruff but sometimes my scalp gets really itchy so I think I’ll buy one of these shampoos and use it every few washings! Also, your eyebrow tip is brilliant as I’ve got the same issue, would never think of such a simple solution though! 🙂 Xx

    • I think everyone time to time gets it! And yes that eyebrow solution is literally the best, you can simply use Head&Shoulders and honestly I tried plenty moisturiser but none of them worked as simple shampoo did! xxx

  • Ifigeneia Stavrou

    Once again, thanx for this <3 dandruff is a serious outfit, mood and confidence ruiner 🙁

    • Anytime my lovely! Yes I completely agree but it is worth trying and using different shampoos with specific ingredients as it can actually be a game changer!xx

  • Sara

    Hello, wondering what your opinion is on Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp shampoo? I get an unbearably itchy scalp and it’s the only thing that has ever worked. The minute I stop using it, it’s back again. I’m otherwise very healthy so not sure why I get it so bad!

    • Hey! I haven’t tried myself Philip Kingley Shampoo so I don’t have personal experience with that. However, I just looked for the ingredients and I noticed it contains piroctone olamine that is anti fungal, which is stronger then zinc pyriothine. Usually it is used for treating Sebarroeic dermatitis. Therefore, I believe the formulation works well for you. However, did you notice whether your scalp becomes more itchy depending on the time of the year? Do you get dandruff around your hairline when you don’t wash with this shampoo? Do you get some flakes on your eyebrows or maybe around your ears? Also, what about foods? Any yeast/gluten intolerances? Our gut is very well connected with the skin and sometimes our scalp can indicate if something is not very right for our body.
      However, if you found something that works for your scalp I am very glad, as it is a difficult task when there are issues with itchy scalp (I know the feeling). x