Dandruff (Pityriasis capitis) is a common condition, which affects around 50 percent of the world’s total adult population (Elewski, 2005). It makes the skin on the scalp to flake. Fortunately, it is not serious or contagious and is easy to treat without a doctor and with a good shampoo. Therefore, it is important to treat your hair well and use the right shampoo with good and effective ingredients, otherwise symptoms as itchy scalp, scaly and crusty scalp and skin flakes can return or extend on your scalp and hair.
What causes pityriasis capitis/dandruff
While the occurrence of your dandruff is unclear. A couple factors are highly likely to cause it:
- The amount of sebum
- The presence of yeast on the skin (Malassezia species)
- A certain predisposition
- Irritated oily skin
- Dry skin
- Other skin conditions as psoriasis and eczema
- Contact dermatitis
These factors have a direct influence on the occurrence of dandruff in your hair and on your scalp. Using the right products for your hair condition is especially important to prevent it.
Do I have pityriasis capitis/dandruff?
It is important to understand that dandruff does not develop because of hygienic factors, it is not about how clean you are. But other factors such as: stress, feeling tired, HIV, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy or the above mentioned, can cause it. Also the weather seems to have impact, in the winter the weather is cold and dry, which make it easier for it to arise. Also in teenage years and after the age of 50 it is more likely to get it.
You can recognize the skin condition to the flakes, itch on the scalp and yellow greasy and dry scales on the scalp. In severe cases the scales are yellowish to reddish (Pevzner & Radusky, 2020).
Duration of dandruff
When Seborrheic dermatitis causes dandruff than is a long-term treatment the best treatment. This treatment includes using the right shampoo.
Contact dermatitis, dry skin, changing habits or shampooing habits also cause the skin to flake. In this cases the flakes can clear up fairly quickly. An important thing to understand is that the condition does not specifically disappear for the long term future. There is always a chance it could come back. For this reason you can use Neofollics to prevent a sebum build up to reduce the risk of dandruff.
(Woman 29, seborrheic dermatitis, itching and flaking results)
The best treatment
Neofollics has developed a special scalp therapy line to help treat your scalp. In this therapy line two complementary products form the base. The first is exfoliating shampoo and the second is a nourishing mask. The scalp therapy line helps against seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff itching and flaking of the scalp.
The scalp therapy line improves the health of the hair by tackling an unhealthy scalp in the following ways
- Exfoliating the scalp and remove sebum build up
- Reduce dandruff and flaking
- Balance microbial activity
- Prevent itching and irritation
- Decrease inflammation and redness
- Nourish the scalp
The ingredients that are used in the scalp therapy line have a similar effect as ketoconazole. The anti-fungal ingredients Piroctone Olamine and Climbazole is effective against seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, reduces hair loss and allows growing of thicker hair.
(Climbazole molecule, 2022) Read more about Climbazole here
Another important ingredient in the scalp therapy treatment is Licorice extract. This extract treats atopic dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis. This is due to the acid Glycyrrhizin. The acid is anti-inflammatory and reduces redness and irritation on the skin.
Shampoo against dandruff
The most easy way and efficient way to treat the dandruff is using an effective shampoo. The exfoliating shampoo of Neofollics helps stimulate your hair growth and has positive effects on dandruff and the flaking. The shampoo is nourishing, sooths the scalp and lays the foundation for a healthy scalp. Frequent washing your hair to remove the scales as quickly as they form. The detergents in our shampoo will cause smaller, less visible flakes on the shed of your hair.
In addition to this exfoliating shampoo you should combine a nourishing mask. Together they form the best treatment for a healthy scalp. It combats dandruff, flakes and itching and is effective in scalp conditions such as Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis. The treatment gently exfoliates the scalp and removes impurities like dandruff and flakes. It contains a broad spectrum of ingredients with anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and nti-mibrobial activity. At the same time the shampoo contains soothing natural oils to treat and calm the scalp.
Hair washing method against dandruff
Treating your hair against dandruff requires not only a good shampoo but also the right hair washing method. Lather your hair twice and on the second lather, leave the shampoo on your hair for a couple minutes before rinsing for the most effective result. The frequency for shampooing to control it varies from person to person. Some people use shampoo every day and other people twice a week, do what feels best for your hair. Massaging the scalp with a scalp roller to promote blood circulation, also stimulates healthy hair growth.
Other scalp conditions
There are also other scalp conditions that can cause inflammatory, irritation, itching and redness. You can read more about the other conditions on this pages:
- Tinea capitis
- Lichen planopilarus
- Traction alopecia
- Hair pulling disorder
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Yeast infection on scalp
The symptoms of tinea capitis manifest themselves in different ways: there are inflammatory and non-inflammatory forms, deep and superficial forms. It is often accompanied by itching and sometimes baldness (alopecia). It also consists of smooth and bald patches.
Lichen planopilarus is a condition which you can recognize due to red skin around the hair follicles and the rest of the scalp light purple. Then Keratin accumulates in the opening of the hair follicles, revealing a large number of keratinised hairs.
Psoriasis is a condition that can appear on different spots of the body. You can recognize the condition, because of the red and itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp.
Traction alopecia is about wearing hats, scarfs and ponytails. They pull to your hair and this often causes your hair to fall off.
Hair Pulling disorder
When you start pulling your hair than you suffer from trichotillomania which means hair pulling disorder. When you do this you destroy your hair and hair follicles.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that attacks the scalp and causes a redenned skin, scaly and greasy paches and stubborn dandruff.
Yeast infection on the scalp
A yeast infection on the scalp (Candida) can cause red or purple rash, cracks or patches of the skin. It can also give you white, flaky scales and flakes or shedding and soft, white and moist spots.
The best way to combat dandruff directly from home is to use Neofollics products and the most efficient is the scalp therapy line method. In addition, the hair growth stimulating conditioner, shampoo, tablets and lotion can help stimulate a healthy condition and get rid of dandruff.