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Flake Away!

"Prevention and Treatment of Dandruff"
By: Glecy GamboaFlake Away!

In mild cases of dandruff, daily use of a non-medicated shampoo can do the trick. Massage the scalp firmly, and then rinse well to prevent the build up of dead skin cells and lessen oiliness. If regular shampoos do not work, try an over-the counter anti-dandruff shampoo and look for ingredients such as ketoconazole (a broad-spectrum anti-fungal agent), selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, coal tar, or zinc pyrithione. Try out different shampoos to check which one works best for you.

If itchiness, stinging, redness, or burning occur with any of these products, discontinue use. Lather and rinse twice when using an anti-dandruff shampoo in order to clean the scalp and to medicate it.

Apart from regular shampooing, the Mayo Clinic recommends other simple and effective means to help prevent dandruff:

· Learn to manage stress. Stress affects a person’s health, and can trigger dandruff or worsen existing symptoms or diseases. Counteract stress by exercising, meditating, and spending time with friends.

· Minimize the use of styling products. Hair sprays, styling gels, mousses, and hair waxes can all accumulate on one’s hair and scalp, making them oilier. Also, limit the use of products with alcohol, which can dry out hair.

· Get enough sleep. While sleeping, the cells of the body repair, restore, and rebalance. It is also a time when hormonal and metabolic changes occur in the body, including the skin and hair.

· Eat a healthy diet. A diet that provides enough zinc, B vitamins, and certain types of fats may help prevent dandruff.

· Get a little sun. Sunlight may be good for dandruff. But because exposure to ultraviolet light can be harmful to the skin and can increase the risk of skin cancer, try to limit your time outdoors. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen on your face and body.

As they say, a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A healthy mind and body, as well as healthy hair, can lead to more self-confidence. And for every person, self-confidence is an important ticket to success.


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