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    Dandruff

    Dandruff is a very common problem nowadays especially during the rainy and winter season. It is a common non -infectious skin ailment of the scalp. It leads to the shedding of dry and dead skin from the scalp and leads to deposition of white powder-like structure on a person’s shoulders. There could be various causes responsible for dandruff such as: age, stress, medical conditions, changing hair products or other skin diseases such eczema and dermatitis.

    Poor hygiene is also an important factor responsible for causing dandruff, especially in those who don’t wash and comb their hair regularly. As we know, our body keeps on going through the regeneration process where old and dead cells are being shed and new cells are being formed, so dandruff occurs as a result of old skin shedding of the scalp.

    Dandruff is mainly associated with dryness which is often more common in winter, so we face the problem of dandruff more in winters. In Ayurveda dandruff is known as ‘Darunaka’ in ayurveda which comes under the classification of ‘kshudra roga’ which means minor skin diseases caused mainly by vata and kapha dosha disturbance.

    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda
    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda

    General causes of dandruff

    The various studies on dermatology and trichology department came to a conclusion that chemical residues left from cosmetics, stress, anxiety, certain skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and overgrowth of yeast infection worsens the condition. There are few individuals who naturally have a dry skin type since birth are prone to cause dandruff.

    Cause of dandruff according to Ayurveda

    1. Excess intake of rough, dry and cold food items and general usage. 
    2. Prolonge dependence of cold water. 
    3. Overexposure to sunlight. 
    4. Exposure to dust particles. 
    5. Excessive sweating 
    6. Night awakening 
    7. Suppression of natural urges 
    8. Unhygienic condition 
    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda
    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda

    Dandruff due to blood impurities:

    According to. Ayurveda majority of the skin diseases are mainly caused due to impurities in the blood, so to treat them detox of blood is required.

    Dandruff due to Psoriasis

    Patients of psoriasis require the treatment of psoriasis first since dandruff is just a complimentary effect of psoriasis, on treating the cause effect would be automatically cured.

    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda
    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda

    General features or symptoms accompanied by dandruff:

    1. Follow a vit E rich diet in daily uptake such as sunflower seeds, peanuts, flaxseeds, soybean etc to keep the skin and tissues moisturised.
    2. Add omega 3 rich fatty acids in diet such as tofu, fish oil, eggs, walnuts, almonds, chia seeds etc.
    3. Make an oil comprising Hibiscus, amla, fresh basil leaves in 4 times sesame oil and cook it in 8 times coconut water until complete water evaporates.
    4. Application of coconut oil and head massage for 20 minutes before bath.
    5. Add neem leaves and curry leaves in coconut oil and cook it for 5 minutes to improve its efficacy.
    6. Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek in water and next morning make a paste of it. Its use acts like a natural conditioner for hairs, if applied for 10 minutes.
    7. Applying yoghourt to the scalp for 15-20 minutes and rinsing it off is also quite a traditional and beneficial technique to remove dandruff.

    General management and prevention of dandruff by home remedies:

    1. Follow a vit E rich diet in daily uptake such as sunflower seeds, peanuts, flaxseeds, soybean etc to keep the skin and tissues moisturised. 
    2. Add omega 3 rich fatty acids in diet such as tofu, fish oil, eggs, walnuts, almonds, chia seeds etc. 
    3. Make an oil comprising Hibiscus, amla, fresh basil leaves in 4 times sesame oil and cook it in 8 times coconut water until complete water evaporates. 
    4. Application of coconut oil and head massage for 20 minutes before bath. 
    5. Add neem leaves and curry leaves in coconut oil and cook it for 5 minutes to improve its efficacy. 
    6. Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek in water and next morning make a paste of it. Its use acts like a natural conditioner for hairs, if applied for 10 minutes.
    7. Applying yoghourt to the scalp for 15-20 minutes and rinsing it off is also quite a traditional and beneficial technique to remove dandruff. 
    8. Following power yoga and asanas improving the blood circulation to the head and brain region activates the tissues and prevents them from dying such as:  Sirsasana, Balasana, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Adho mukha svanasana, Utthanasana
    Dandruff - 1Veda Ayurveda

    When to see a doctor??

    Usually dandruff is a common problem which is non-infected, non-contagious so it doesn’t need a lot for treatment but if it is associated with other problems like eczema, psoriasis or others, then it must not be avoided. Have a look at our Clinic or visit the official website to consult online at www.1veda.com to get the experts advice.

    FAQs

    How does dandruff occur?

    Dandruff occurs due to the shedding of dead and dry cells of the scalp under the process of regeneration, if dryness is more the process of shedding increases and so does the dandruff.

    Is dandruff contiguous?

    No, dandruff is not contiguous; it depends on hair care and maintaining hygienic conditions.

    What treatment is required to treat dandruff?

    Very basic things must be considered for treating the dandruff such as oiling, moisturising and maintaining the basic hygiene of hair like washing and conditioning.

    Which doctor needs to consult for dandruff treatment??

    You should consult a good dermatologist in ayurveda for treatment of prolonged and severe dandruff.

    Can dandruff reoccur after treatment?

    Yes, dandruff may recur even after treatment if proper care and hygiene is not maintained regularly.