Think You’ve Tried Everything For Dandruff?
Try This

It’s easy to feel embarrassed about dandruff. The truth is, anyone can develop dandruff at any point in their life - it can often be down to how you react to the fungus Malassezia, which lives on the scalp of most healthy adults.

The skin is the body’s largest organ, so it’s only natural that it can be prone to various disorders. Anything from contact dermatitis to severe eczema could be causing those unwanted flakes. 

What can be done to manage Dandruff symptoms?

Understand why you’re getting dandruff in the first place

Existing naturally on our scalps is a yeast called Malassezia. This harmless fungus feeds on our bodies’ natural oils, including those found in our hair.  For various reasons, this Malassezia may occasionally over-multiply. In doing so, it eats our natural oils and releases oleic acid, which causes inflammation. Your scalp’s natural response is to become irritated and flake away, causing that dreaded dandruff.

So, what’s causing this Malassezia overload in the first place? 77% people managing a scalp condition believe stress is the problem*, and they may be right. When we’re stressed, our immune systems suffer, which can reduce our ability to fight off the fungus.

(*Based on a survey of 1007 people managing a scalp condition)

When we eat processed foods, our bodies rush to produce hormones like insulin. This can increase oil production, which is great news for yeast.

Think about cosmetic shampoos

If you’re a long-term sufferer, chances are, you’ve tried every branded shampoo going. While these look great on adverts, they treat the symptom – not the cause. Cosmetic shampoos have a habit of just washing away the flakes. This is helpful for a while, but if you don’t treat the root fungus, you’re just going to repeat the cycle.

Ketoconazole – treating the cause of dandruff

One way you can try to help treat and prevent dandruff is to use a medicated shampoo. Nizoral® contains an active ingredient called Ketoconazole. This antifungal medication treats the overgrowth of Malassezia, helping your scalp to return to its natural balance.

Ketoconazole comes in many forms, from oral tablets to topical creams and shampoos. You might find it in over the counter treatments for skin conditions like eczema.

No need to change your routine

Dandruff can appear anywhere on the body with sebaceous glands. These are most commonly found wherever there is hair, so you can treat dandruff easily in the shower. Just a 6ml dose of medicated shampoo left for three to five minutes can make all the difference.

There’s no need to wash your hair daily – just twice a week for four weeks can alleviate the symptoms. You can use it in conjunction with your regular hair care routine.

Other best practices for when you’ve tried everything

Treat the root cause of dandruff, not just the symptoms. In addition to a twice-weekly treatment, you can keep your scalp healthy with these tips:

  • Brush hair regularly to distribute oils
  • Wash hair twice weekly to prevent oily build-up
  • Avoid processed food to keep hormone levels balanced
  • Relieve stress to reduce inflammation
  • Spend time in the sun safely to suppress fungus
  • Set your shower temperature to lukewarm
  • Avoid chemical treatments on your hair
  • Investigate other skin conditions like eczema and look for topical treatments

Don’t forget: it happens to all of us!

Dandruff can appear anywhere on the body with sebaceous glands. These are most commonly found wherever there is hair, so you can treat dandruff easily in the shower. Just a 6ml dose of medicated shampoo left for three to five minutes can make all the difference.

There’s no need to wash your hair daily – just twice a week for four weeks can alleviate the symptoms. You can use it in conjunction with your regular hair care routine.