Dandruff is a harmless, chronic condition that occurs when the scalp becomes dry or greasy and produces white flakes of dead skin that appear in the hair or on the shoulders. Although it is harmless, dandruff can be embarrassing for those who have it. Dandruff usually starts between the ages of 10 and 20 and affects up to 40% of people over the age of 30.
Skin cells are formed continuously on the scalp, so the shedding of dead skin cells is a normal process. Sometimes with dandruff, however, skin cells are shed at a faster rate than normal. Oil from the scalp causes the skin cells to clump together and appear as white flakes.
Dandruff can be caused by a number of things, including dry skin; sensitivity to hair products; and skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or eczema.
The overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus can also cause dandruff. This overgrowth can be caused by stress, hormones, too much oil on the scalp, or problems with the immune system.
Symptoms and Complications
The symptoms of dandruff include white flakes of dead skin in the hair and on the shoulders, as well as an itchy, red, or scaly scalp. Dandruff flakes are usually scattered throughout the scalp.
If seborrheic dermatitis is the cause of dandruff, the symptoms usually appear gradually. The scalp becomes dry or greasy, is red, and feels itchy. As skin cells die, they turn to yellowish scales. A bad case of seborrheic dermatitis can also cause symptoms in other parts of the body. Yellowish or reddish scaling can appear on the hairline, in and around the ears, or on the nose and chest. Affected newborn babies may get a thick, yellowish, crusty rash on the scalp, called cradle cap.
Making the Diagnosis
Dandruff is a condition that people can pretty much self-diagnose from the symptoms of an itchy, dry, and scaly scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis appears as reddish-looking skin with mild, greasy, yellow scales and plaques with indistinct margins.
OZONE TREATMENT FOR DANDRUFF
Ozone treatment, a new age hair procedure, which converts oxygen (O2) into ozone (O3), and diffuses it into the hair shaft, has become extremely popular is a very short duration of time. This treatment process addresses common hair problems which includes excessive hair loss and premature graying of hair. Ozone therapy also enhances volume of hair.
How does Ozone act on dandruff?
Ozone therapy have germicidal effects that help eliminate flaking and itching by destroying fungus and harmful bacteria without causing any damage to the scalp skin and hair Ozone therapy also improves blood circulation, stimulate hair follicles and encourage hair growth. It also increases the density of the hairs and control hair fall both in women and men
The best way to use coconut ozonated oil for dandruff is to use it in place of your shampoo and conditioner. Apply it directly to the scalp and comb throughout the rest of your hair for extra benefits. Leave on for a few minutes to make sure the oil has a chance to penetrate your hair and skin, then rinse it off thoroughly.
Some recipes call for other ingredients, such as essential oils and other plant-based oils like jojoba. These may be helpful as masks or spa-like treatments that are left in for several minutes. You may consider wearing a shower cap to avoid getting the oils on clothing and hard surfaces before rinsing out.
You may notice improved skin and hair right away. More severe dandruff may need a few treatments before you start seeing significant results. See your doctor if you fail to see any improvements after several coconut ozonated oil treatments.
Certain drugstore shampoos contain coconut oil as added ingredients. While these may offer some benefits, the coconut oznated oil isn’t as potent in such products. Use pure coconut ozzonated oil to reap the most benefits possible.
How to prevent Dandruff
Dandruff can almost always be controlled, but dandruff treatment may take a little patience and persistence. In general, daily cleansing with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and skin cell buildup can often help mild dandruff. Eating a diet that contains plenty of B vitamins and zinc may help prevent dandruff. A diet that provides enough zinc, B vitamins and certain types of fats may help prevent dandruff. Good sources of vitamin B include leafy green vegetables, beans, peas and whole grains. Zinc is found in spinach, lamb and pumpkin seed. Limiting the use of hair sprays, mousses and gels can reduce scalp oil and lower your risk of developing dandruff.