What is Dandruff ?
Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. Dandruff isn’t contagious or serious. But it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.
The good news is that dandruff usually can be controlled. Mild cases of dandruff may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. More-stubborn cases of dandruff often respond to medicated shampoos.
Symptoms of dandruff
For most teens and adults, dandruff symptoms are easy to spot: white, oily-looking flakes of dead skin that dot your hair and shoulders, and possibly an itchy, scaly scalp. The condition may worsen during the autumn and winter, when indoor heating can contribute to dry skin, and improve during the summer.
A type of dandruff called cradle cap can affect babies. This disorder, which causes a scaly, crusty scalp, is most common in newborns, but it can occur anytime during infancy. Although it can be alarming for parents, cradle cap isn’t dangerous and usually clears up on its own.
Causes of dandruff
Dandruff can have several causes, including:
- Irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis). This condition, one of the most frequent causes of dandruff, is marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Seborrheic dermatitis may affect your scalp and other areas rich in oil glands, such as your eyebrows, the sides of your nose and the backs of your ears, your breastbone (sternum), your groin area, and sometimes your armpits.
- Not shampooing often enough. If you don’t regularly wash your hair, oils and skin cells from your scalp can build up, causing dandruff.
- A yeast-like fungus (malassezia). Malassezia lives on the scalps of most adults. But, for some, it irritates the scalp and can cause more skin cells to grow. The extra skin cells die and fall off, making them appear white and flaky in your hair or on your clothes. Why malassezia irritates some scalps isn’t known.
- Dry skin. Flakes from dry skin are generally smaller and less oily than those from other causes of dandruff and redness or inflammation is unlikely. You’ll probably have dry skin on other parts of the body, such as your legs and arms, too.
- Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis). Sometimes sensitivities to certain ingredients in hair care products or hair dyes can cause a red, itchy, scaly scalp.
- Demodex mites. When and if Demodex find a place for infestation on the scalp, it gives way to various scalp problems such as dandruff.
What is the relation between dandruff and Demodex mites?
In order to answer this question, we first should know what Demodex mites are.
Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that live under hair follicles and in oil glands. They are linked to many issues such as Demodex hair loss, Demodex rosacea, and Demodex acne.
Demodex folliculorum are the species that bring about different kinds of scalp problems. The most typical kinds of scalp infections result from the infestation of these parasites. It is particularly common among individuals who suffer with acne, another skin condition that is highly linked with Demodex. The mites consume the oils as well as dead skin. Their presence and activity in the scalp causes itching, formation of dandruff flakes, and hair loss. If the presence of the Demodex mites is exceedingly high, the symptoms also become more extreme such as yellowish itchy scabs, scaly red patches, and excessive flaking. Since they are also itchy, the host will start to scratch which can result to scaling.
How to treat Demodex dandruff?
Ungex aims to eliminate mites with its innovative Care Plan and by providing the best products to treat Demodex hair mites. The Care Plan is a combination of Ungex products used in conjunction with the correct method.
Ungex products basically lay siege to the Demodex populations on your body, by helping remove their main food source (i.e. oil control), making your body an awful place for them to live, and night after night lessening their populations, until eventually they get to 0.
Ungex helps you treat all types of human follicle mites known as Demodex folliculorum and brevis which lead to dandruff and other hair and skin problems.