How To Prevent Dandruff

How to prevent dandruff is as important a question as how to get rid of it. As they say:

Prevention is better than cure.

Now you don’t need me to tell you that. The statement is very true, especially when it comes to skin conditions like dandruff.I’ve always wished I never got dandruff in the first place, though with hindsight, I now know that I am able to provide you with all this information only because I acquired the condition, and I do love sharing my experiences with you to help you.Let me cut it short. Anyone who has had an itchy scalp or has a susceptibility to dry scalp, should know these tips.

It is pretty simple, once you know it, but many of us neglect these simple lifestyle tweaks in our busy lives and end up with a shoulder covered in dry scalp flakes and dandruff. So stop worrying and start acting. If you have not got dandruff, or if you have just got rid of it, here are certain things that you can do to help you keep dandruff at bay.

  • Expose your scalp to sun.
  • Get a humidifier
  • Control the amount of stress in your life
  • Reduce use of hair styling products
  • Eat healthy

Let us see how each of these methods on preventing dandruff can be implemented in your life.

Exposure to sun.

Exposure to sun is an effective preventive measure as well as treatment method for dandruff as well as many other skin conditions like scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Take care not to expose your scalp too much to the sun, as you all know that too much exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, but a little bit of time, a few minutes per day in the sun can really help you get rid of dandruff as well as prevent it. Also, do take care to protect other portions of your body from the rays.

Also, please check your anti dandruff shampoo as well as other skin care products to see if they have cautioned against going out in the sun.

Is dry air, one of the causes of dandruff?

Sure it is. Dry air does cause dandruff, and I have experienced it dozens of times, when I travel to dry, cold climates and within no time, my hair get filled with the dry scalp flakes and i start getting an itchy scalp due to dandruff.

You can also see the increased occurrence of dandruff during the winter months when the atmosphere is generally dry. So one of the easiest methods of preventing dandruff is to control the humidity of the space you are in, be it at work or home.

You can control the humidity of your living space by purchasing a good humidifier. With the benefit of being able to maintain good skin health through the dry climate, a humidifier is a purchase worth making and a good investment in your own well being.

Managing stress for dandruff prevention

How To Prevent DandruffYes, stress is a major factor in inducing dandruff. Of course, dandruff should be your least concern if you are leading a stressed out life since there are a number of other ailments, some of them even life threatening that can arise due to uncontrolled stress in your life. So control or management of stress is a necessity, not an option.

Regular exercise, meditation, hobbies, pets, the methods for stress control are numerous. If you feel you are stressed out to lead a good quality of life, take action and get in control NOW!

Be selective in using styling products

Hair styling products do give you good looks and more confidence, but they are not always the best things to have on hair all the time, if you are worried about dandruff. Many of them might induce dry scalp conditions and increase the amount of sebum secretion from your scalp, there by bringing about dandruff.

Reduce your daily use of hair styling products and even if you are using them, try to wash them off at the end of the day with a shampoo.

Right diet for dandruff prevention

Drink lots of water.

I stress: drink lots of water. Keep your water consumption a little above 2 ltrs per day.

Also, eat food that contains Zinc, B Vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and selenium.

They include oysters, poultry, whole grains, beans, nuts, fortified cereals, crab, lobster and dairy products for zinc.

Salmon,broccoli, walnuts, canola oil, spinach, cauliflower and grape leaves for omega-3 fatty acids.

Eggs, legumes, fish, white potatoes, milk, whole-grain cereals, broccoli, cabbage and sweet potatoes for B Vitamins

As with any diet, there can be individual exceptions, and so do change your diets only after considering your other medical conditions or after consulting a dietitian.

Guess these tips on preventing dandruff will help you start on your mission to keep dandruff at bay. Now, its time to take action.

- Mat.