Last Updated on March 31, 2009 by Devin Greenfield
A person with perfect hair is very rare. So when we speak about healthy hair we often mean hair that looks pretty good and when there are no obvious problems with it. But quite often hair problems go beyond all reasonable borders it’s high time to consider proper hair care right off the bat. Dandruff is one of the main problems of this kind.
At present one of the main causes why dandruff appears on the scalp is the so called causal fungus. Spores of this fungus are always present on the head-skin. And under certain conditions the fungus turns active and starts its extensive propagation. Among the causes are: stress, weakened immune system, unhealthy food, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, hormonal shifts. The cycle of scalp cell development changes significantly: instead of a month it reduced in time to one week.
As a result, we have lots of sticky and greasy whitish and yellowish flakes on our heads. Their amount dramatically exceeds the norm, that’s why they become noticeable to the naked eye. But if there is also itching and reddening on certain parts of the head-skin, then it could be symptoms of seborrhea. It is important to distinguish these two skin problems: in case of dandruff it is often enough to use some cosmetic means, but when it comes to seborrhea, it means a serious treatment.
Seborrhea is a headskin disease, which is characterized by excessive sebum formation. This is usually caused by certain diseases and disorders in the organism, hormonal changes, hereditary predisposition, intoxication, etc. You can find out whether you have dandruff or seborrhea by yourself: dandruff usually looks like rather small whitish flakes, but in case of seborrhea flakes are pretty large, rigid, and yellowish. Still there is one rule – never try to treat seborrhea by yourself. Only a qualified specialist can make good diagnosis and prescribe proper treatment.
Dandruff is seldom the only problem with your scalp and hair: dry hair is often accompanied with dry dandruff, and greasy hair – with the greasy one. Therefore, it is important to struggle with several problems simultaneously, i.e. apply complex treatment.
It is necessary to keep in mind that hair care is a lifetime job. You just can’t take care of your hair for a month and then hope that it will remain healthy and strong for the rest of your life. So take care!