- Formally known as seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff is a very common scalp ailment that causes excessive flaking and itching of the skin.
- The chronic condition, more common in men than women, is rarely serious but can be annoying and cause self-esteem issues.
- Known as "cradle cap" in infants, seborrheic dermatitis can also affect other parts of the body.
- The fungus malassezia is a known cause of dandruff. A small amount of malassezia is normally present on the skin, but it can cause problems in high concentrations.
- Eczema or psoriasis may also cause dandruff.
Key ingredient to look for
Tea Tree oil
Taken from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, this antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal oil has been used for centuries to calm the scalp and reduce dandruff.
Invigorating, warming and stimulating, rosemary increases circulation, improves blood flow, while regenerating and nurturing the scalp.
- Avoid overusing styling products, including sprays, gels and mousses, that create build up on the scalp.
- A nutritious diet rich in zinc, B vitamins and healthy fats may help prevent dandruff.
- Small, controlled amounts of sunlight have been known to reduce dandruff. Just be careful with the amount of exposure and avoid getting a sunburn.