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What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common skin condition among both men and women that causes the skin on the scalp of your head to flake.

Some of the symptoms of dandruff include inflammation of the skin, itchiness and even flaking or scaling of the skin.

It gives off an appearance of white flecks or flakes in your hair which can be embarrassing but good news is, it is treatable.

Myths about Dandruff

Myth #1: People with dandruff have poor hygiene

Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is not actually a result of poor hygiene.

One of the common causes is due to a yeast like fungus called malassezia that feeds on the oil in scalps. It is naturally found on the skin surface of humans and animals alike.

The fungus needs the fat found in oils to grow which is why it is found very commonly in areas with sebaceous glands like the scalp. When the fungus grows too rapidly, the natural renewal of skin cells is disturbed and the causes the flaking and itchiness of the skin.

Since we have established that oily skin is the cause of the fungus growth, genetically some people do have more oily skin than others despite frequent bathing. Even skin sensitivity to certain hair products can cause increased production of oil that results in dandruff.

Myth #2: I can get dandruff from people that have dandruff

Dandruff is actually not contagious. As everyone already naturally has the fungus on their skin, you won't get dandruff simply from coming into contact with someone that has dandruff.

It is not a disease. It is a condition that needs treatment.

That being said, it is still not advised to share things like combs as it's just generally not very hygienic.

Treating Dandruff

As the main cause is the oily skin, washing your hair more frequently and thoroughly might solve your dandruff problems.

But this might not always be the case, as your skin might be sensitive to your current hair products that contain certain harmful chemicals that irritates sensitive skin.

Genetically you might also have higher than normal oil production from your sebaceous glands.

 

Popular Dandruff Treatments:

Tea Tree Oil with Coconut Oil

Tea Tree Oil has powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties helping to alleviate dandruff symptoms.

As tree oil in high concentrations can cause irritation for those with sensitive skin, it is advised to dilute it with by adding only a few drops to coconut oil before applying to the skin.

Coconut Oil while serving as a diluting agent, also helps with skin hydration to prevent dryness of the skin. It also has anti-microbial properties further aiding in reducing the severity and symptoms of dandruff.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a popular succulent that is seen in many skin products like cosmetics, lotions and ointments.

It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it perfect for decreasing inflammation and dandruff symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider has acidic properties that helps stimulate the shedding of dead skin cells which also helping to balance the pH levels of the skin reducing the growth of the fungus.

Just add a few tablespoons to your shampoo or your essential oils and spray directly onto your hair.

Increase intake of Omega-3s.

Omega-3 fatty acids are important to skin health. It helps regulate oil production and skin hydration.

Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids can cause an array of symptoms like dry hair, dry skin and even dandruff.

Fishes like salmon, trout and mackerel are popular sources of omega-3 fatty acids due to their high concentration.

There is also a growing popularity in omega-3 rich foods like flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.

 

PUREMae's Dandruff Products

Both our Rose Geranium & Cedarwood Shampoo & Conditioner are specially formulated for treating dandruff.

What ingredients are used?

  1. Pelargonium Glarveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil
    Geranium flower extract is one of the few effective essential oils that deal with sebum under- and over-production, making it an excellent treatment for both dry and oily dandruff.

  2. Cedrus Atlatica Bark (Cedarwood) Oil
    Cedarwood essential oil can help stimulate the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp. This can contribute to hair growth and slow hair loss! Cedarwood can help treat thinning hair and various types of alopecia, too.

  3. Organic Aloe Vera
    Contains proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. Preventing itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair, leaving  your hair smooth and shiny.

  4. Pentavitin
    Deep skin hydration that last up to 72 hours for your scalp.

  5. Trehalose
    Protects the scalp from dehydration and with it's moisturizing effects.

  6. Panthenol
    Moisturizes your hair and forms a smooth film over your hair cuticles to add that volume and shine. Improves hair texture while also preventing tangles.