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Dandruff: extreme flakiness of the scalp

  1. Duft, a local snow shower or pityriasis capitis. These are all fancy or less distinguished words for a condition that most people don't like, namely dandruff. The white flakes fly lavishly through the air, jackets and collars are underneath and it is not a really tasty sight. But what is dandruff? And what can be done about dandruff?

Rose; not a hair problem, but a scalp disease

  1. Dandruff is not a hair problem, but a condition of the scalp. A person who has dandruff actually suffers from renewing the skin on the head too quickly. The top layer of the skin is replaced over and over again. This is possible because the upper skin cells dry up and release from the body in very small flakes. Normally this is a process that no one sees, but with rose it goes too fast. The skin renewal then goes so quickly that a kind of rain of flakes just floats down.

Rose - a brother of psoriasis

  1. Rose is actually also a brother of psoriasis. This is a disease in which the skin flakes much faster than actually intended and this over large parts of the body. Babies can also suffer from “mountain,” a kind of rose for babies. This is a greasy yellow-brown flake on the young child's head. There is also an eczema related to dandruff and that is the seborrhoeic eczema.

How does rose start?

  1. Dandruff often starts when someone reaches puberty. After that, it only gets worse until someone is in their early twenties. Then the intensity often decreases again. Incidentally, people who suffer from dandruff often suffer more from it in the winter months. By the way, dandruff occurs in both men and women.

The process of dandruff formation

  1. To get dandruff, the body needs 3 things:

How is dandruff formed

  1. The sebum comes from the sebaceous glands in the skin. The fat that is made in it ensures that the skin does not dry out. Everyone has yeasts on their skin that prevent too much fat from forming. These malassezia yeasts convert the fat cells into saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. The unsaturated fatty acids are eaten by the yeasts themselves, the unsaturated fatty acids remain on the skin. With dandruff, the skin is irritated, as it were, because there are too many yeasts that produce too much sebum. This provides so much unsaturated fatty acid that it irritates the skin. This creates a kind of inflammation that causes the skin cells to die faster and therefore much more flakes are formed.

Treatment of dandruff

  1. Dandruff is not a serious condition and has no consequences for human health. The condition would therefore not have to be treated, were it not that many people are ashamed of a collar full of flakes. As a result, there are many different anti-dandruff shampoos on the market, all targeting the yeasts causing the problem.

Anti-dandruff shampoo

  1. Anti-dandruff shampoos often contain:

Home remedies for dandruff

  1. There are also home remedies for dandruff. An anti-dandruff shampoo will probably help, but they are also much more aggressive.

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