What’s worse than having dandruff? Dealing with a blizzard-like bout of dandruff. What triggers a particularly vicious attack? We identify the factors.
1. Your diet
One of the major causes of dandruff is an oily scalp, and sugar is a culprit behind all that greasiness. You see, it prompts insulin spikes, which in turn activates oil production. Processed food have the same effect, so it’s best to avoid that, plus all sorts of fatty, fried eats. If you happen to love drinking white wine and champagne, we’ve got bad news: Their high sugar content can cause a raging snowstorm on your scalp. Ironically, dry skin can also lead to dandruff, and fluid loss can be attributed to caffeine being a diuretic.
Dandruff-proof by: Overhauling your diet and including foods rich in omega-3 such as salmon, tuna, and soybeans as well as vitamin B6 like chicken and bananas. Dandruff can be a warning that you’re lacking these nutrients. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to wash all of that down and hydrate your body at the same time. But don’t worry, you can still have that nightcap you’ve been looking forward to all day—just make sure it’s red wine or vodka.
2. Changes in weather
We’ve all experienced going out bathing in sunshine then coming home drenched in rain. The weather can be quite unpredictable on our side of the globe, and these changes can spark off a dandruff outbreak.
Dandruff-proof by: Realizing that certain temperatures may mean a dry scalp, and there’s no better way to soothe the latter than by taking a shower with lukewarm water, as hot water will render your skin dry and susceptible to dandruff. Most importantly though, it’s essential to use an anti-dandruff shampoo to proof your scalp from these external factors.
Not only does it make you lose sleep at night, it also gives the immune system a beating. And along with a weakened immune system comes vulnerability to various types of ailments, including dandruff.
Dandruff-proof by: Taking it easy. Go ahead, relax. A few minutes of meditation can toughen you up against stress. Taking things slow will give you more time to think and feel, and actually make better decisions. Spare a moment to LOL at a meme, listen to your favorite song, or hit the gym to release all those endorphins.
4. Home remedies
We’re not saying that all of them won’t work, only certain ones like those that include applying olive and vegetable oils. The fungus that causes dandruff thrives on the saturated fatty acid in these oils, so you can just imagine how you’re practically the one sabotaging your scalp by slathering on such DIY home treatments.
Dandruff-proof by: Trusting the experts. Besides going to the dermatologist, another thing you can do is get an anti-dandruff shampoo. For mild outbreaks, a product with charcoal would be ideal, as it acts as a detoxifying agent. To keep nasty dandruff-causing microbes at bay, Climbazole’s active anti-fungal properties would make your scalp a veritable fortress. Be sure to use your anti-dandruff shampoo every day to avoid blizzards.