Do you have dandruff? To eliminate the problem, there are many products containing specific ingredients that effectively target these white flecks we all abhor!
Understanding dandruff conditions
The scalp, much like the skin, renews itself about every 21 days. At times, however, this cycle may accelerate, lasting only 5 to 7 days. When this occurs, often due to the overgrowth of a fungus known as malassezia, dandruff develops. Many factors can contribute to the condition, including excess sebum, overwashing and overdrying hair, harsh shampoos and stress.
Choosing the right product
While often chronic, dandruff problems can be treated. Start by using a non-medicated shampoo. Vigorously massage into the scalp and follow with a thorough rinsing. If this fails to work, there are special antidandruff shampoos that generally give good results.
Frequent shampooing removes flakes and helps control dandruff formation by slowing the production and shedding of skin cells on the scalp.
Ingredients to look for
- ketoconazole, selenium sulphide, piroctone olamine and zinc pyrithione that neutralize the growth of fungi at various stages;
- salicylic acid and sulphur that cause keratolysis (exfoliation), promoting the loosening of dandruff;
- tar, ichthyol and Kertyol that slow down cell renewal on the scalp.
These products must be used 2 to 3 times per week.
If shampoos do not solve the problem in a few weeks, if symptoms get worse or if itching is very pronounced, consider visiting a doctor.
Your dermo-cosmetic consultant can help you select the right antidandruff product. Don’t hesitate to talk to her!