Dandruff: What's Causing it and What Products to Use
Dandruff - what is it, what contributes to it and cures it, as well as which products to use and which to avoid.
Dandruff is usually an excessive scaling and increased scalp cell turnover due to an inflammation of the scalp, often accompanied by an unpleasant itch. This is all due to microbe processing scalp's sebum oils and causing inflammation by it (therefore more prevalent amongst those with oilier scalp types).
Usually treatment of dandruff includes:
1) Usage of antimicrobial agents (like triclosan)
2) De-greasing (using "clarifying" shampoos, ingredients and extracts like pine tar, white willow bark, etc.), as well as avoiding conditioning shampoos (usually are for dry and/or damaged hair and have more butters and/or oils inside than you need).
3) Stimulating the peeling of the unhealthy scalp layer by using salicylic acid, sulfur, etc.
On another hand, your scalp could scale due to dryness (your scalp is dry if you can go without washing for a couple of days without your scalp becoming oily). The condition could be worsened by using clarifying shampoos (those without enough oils and scalp conditioners inside) and shampoos with SLS and other harsh surfactants.
While we don't include commercial antimicrobial agents at this point, you could try our Argan Mint shampoo (with healing argan oil, scalp-conditioning inulin, lactic acid, antibacterial peppermint oil and wild thyme extract), as well as Lemongrass shampoo (with inulin, lactic acid, and lemongrass essential oil) if you have oily scalp.
For dry scalp, try our Cocoa and Jasmine shampoos (with moisturizing coconut oil and coco butter and scalp-soothing and moisturizing betaine). Shea Cocoa shampoo is suitable for very dry hair and dry scalp (featuring shea butter, keratin and betaine).
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