Dandruff is a common skin condition that affects the scalp, causing it to become dry and itchy. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including a dry scalp, overactive oil glands, or even an overgrowth of yeast on the scalp. Understanding why you have dandruff can help you get it under control.
One cause of dandruff is a fungus called Malassezia. This fungus grows in oily, sebum-rich areas of the scalp, and it releases its waste onto the hair. Other causes of an itchy scalp are Allergies, Hormones, and Medications, such as anti-depressants, antihistamines, and antibiotics.
Diagnosis: A doctor can diagnose dandruff by looking at your scalp or the hair on your scalp with a special light called a Wood's lamp. This will show any white or yellowish scales or flakes that may be present. Your doctor may also take a swab of the skin on your scalp and examine it under the microscope for signs of an infection that could cause dandruff.
There are many treatments that can help with your dandruff, a natural remedy is an element sulfur. Sulfur is a key component of keratin, so it helps to keep the hair strong and reduces the potential for hair breakage and brittleness. Sulfur has many benefits it can be used in the treatment of dandruff as it works as an antifungal agent.
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