Dandruff is a term for all types of scalp flaking and is the most common condition affecting the scalp. The cells on our scalp constantly renew and dead cells are normally brushed or washed off without being noticed. With dandruff, this process is speeded up so more cells are shed and these clump together and become visible. Pityriasis capitis is the most common form of dandruff. Flakes of skin can be seen in the hair and on the shoulders. The flakes are greyish-white and the scalp may feel tight, itchy and sore. A more severe form of oily dandruff due to excess sebum, called seborrhoeic dermatitis or seborrhoeic eczema, can affect skin on the face, ears and scalp.
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Dandruff is caused when the skin reacts to a naturally occurring yeast fungus called ‘pityrosporum ovale’. This yeast is normally kept in a dormant state by secretions of sweat and sebum. However, if these secretions change, the yeast can flourish – speeding up the skin-shedding process. Triggers are poor diet, dehydration, stress, hormonal imbalance or a reaction to hair products. Note – Indian Head Massage helps remove dead cells, loosen tight muscles and stimulate circulation. Using oil can provide an added benefit by conditioning the scalp.
Dandruff is the most common condition to affect the scalp.
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