There is a plethora of products out there that promise “dandruff relief”, or “dandruff control” or which claim to offer a “permanent dandruff cure” and yet the question begs to be asked – how effective are these? Which dandruff treatments work if any, and does a dandruff cure really exist?
Before looking at the answers to these questions, consider some other pertinent aspects of dandruff. Is your dandruff really bothering you – or is it only a cosmetic problem? It is important to remember that mild dandruff is not harmful for the scalp, nor does it lead to other problems such as hair loss in most cases. So unless your dandruff is really serious (as in falling in large visible flakes or clumps) or if it causes a lot of uncomfortable itching, you may consider doing nothing about your dandruff.
Dandruff Cure -Cause Of Dandruff
Secondly look at the underlying reason for the dandruff before deciding on a dandruff remedy. All heads shed dead skin and in some cases there is an excess of this, resulting in visible dandruff.
However other types of dandruff also do exist – for one there is dandruff that is caused by Seborrheic dermatitis that will cause dandruff like flakes to occur in the eyebrows, eyelashes forehead, the ears and nasal folds at times. At other times the underlying cause could be psoriasis or other skin conditions.
So once the underlying reason for the dandruff is identified, an appropriate dandruff treatment can be decided upon. If the underlying skin condition is a curable one it should be treated accordingly and the dandruff cure be a happy byproduct of the treatment without you having to do anything extra for it.
When the dandruff is caused simply by the overproduction of dead skin cells it can be somewhat helped by changing diet. However many report that there is no improvement or worsening of the dandruff with diet, rather it is the season of the year that determines how good or bad their dandruff situation is. For most people with this common type of dandruff it is possible only to control and manage the condition rather than to dandruff cure permanently.
Dandruff Cure -Dandruff Treatment
Dandruff cure or treatments such as using a sulfur based shampoo or using a hair product with zinc pyrithione (commonly added to over the counter dandruff shampoos such as Head & Shoulders etc) can usually keep mild cases of dandruff well within control.
Products that contain an anti fungal agent such as Nizoral A-D, which contain the key ingredient ketoconazole to control fungal growths, can also help keep the dandruff under control. However this is not suitable for young children.
Sometimes steroidal or antibacterial medication may be needed for the type dandruff caused by underlying skin conditions. For instance Hydrocortisone cream products may be needed as an effective dandruff remedy if caused by a condition such as Seborrheic dermatitis.
So to conclude, if there are products out there that promise a permanent dandruff cure or solution, then they have to be taken with a grain of salt. Try and identify what causes your dandruff and then try to use the appropriate dandruff cure or remedy for it.