Along with thinning hair, another female nemesis is dandruff. It might show up every now and then but for some it is a constant battle. If you find that it is becoming a losing battle, you might want to look at day to day schedule. Emotional, mental, and physical stress play a huge factor in your overall health, dandruff and scalp included. Lack of sleep and rest, stress and worry about your work and/or personal life, illness, and fluctuating hormones can all contribute to your dandruff problem. Well, all of those things can produce a stress hormone called cortisol which can dry out your scalp. Cortisol spurs oil production on the scalp while causing that skin to clump. The skin and oil bind together causing large flakes that end up decorating your new black dress.
Be aware of your mental and emotional state of health, and be willing take steps to improve problems there in order to get rid of it. Dandruff shampoos might be a temporary fix, but if you want long term effects, get more sleep and eat healthy.
The good news is that dandruff responds readily to treatment, and with a little attention, it’s easy to keep it under control, regardless of your stress level. Dandruff occasionally requires a prescription treatment, so if you find your case does not respond to the shampoos after a few weeks, visit your primary-care doctor or dermatologist.
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