4 Ways to fight Dandruff in Winter
Written by Ismay Radisch
Humid indoor climates, and cool, dry winds can draw moisture from our scalp faster than any other environment. Unfortunately, winter is the season where we are most vulnerable to dandruff with it affecting 79%* of us.
Dandruff refers to the excessive flaking of skin on the scalp, with some skin flakes caught amongst the hair shaft due to a sticky overgrowth of bacteria called Malassezia Fungus. While this may sound scary, it’s super common, and generally a good fungus. However, this fungus overgrows when there is excess oil and dead cell matter present on the scalp, aka dry flaky dandruff combined with natural scalp oils. This in turn fuels Malassezia overgrowth causing a more resistant kind of dandruff – the kind that needs a fighting plan to fix.
Here are our top 4 ways to fight Dandruff this season.
Practice good hydration and your skin and hair will thank you – even in winter. The cooler months are no time to slack off your H20 consumption. Internal and external hydration will support the quality of your skin and boost barrier protection to see you through winter flake-free. This is the first and easiest step to reducing flaking skin in winter – so drink up!
#2 Adopt a Regular Hair Care Routine
With flaking being the precursor to both dry dandruff and fungal dandruff, the key step to reducing its occurrence and severity is to target flaking head on. This means, adopting a regular hair care regime which focuses on washing away dead flakes and locking in moisture to ensure a hydrated and well-functioning scalp – the kind that can defend itself from trans epidermal water loss in humid and dry climates.
#3 Look for Natural Anti-Dandruff Ingredients
If your dandruff has progressed to the stickier kind – aka Melassezia Fungus, you will need to use an anti-dandruff shampoo which contains an anti-fungal. Don’t fret, this doesn’t have to damage your hair to do the job. Climbazole is a natural yet potent anti-fungal which has shown to actively destroy multiplying cells without compromising hair quality and growth.
#4 Avoid Drying Products
As much as you love your dry shampoos and hair treatments, some of these (especially bleach – sorry ladies!) are super damaging to your scalp. Not only do they reduce moisture, but they can also leave the scalp vulnerable to further dehydration as they compromise the functioning of scalp post-treatment. If you suffer from dry flaking dandruff, reduce drying products and treatments in winter and look for natural ingredients that support moisture retention and hydration.
Clinically proven to be effective against mild, moderate and severe dandruff including flaking and resistant dandruff, Neutriderm Anti Dandruff Shampoo contains a potent anti-fungal, Climbazole. This natural anti-fungal ingredient kills multiplying cells and reduces the rate of bacteria growth for a clean and comfortable scalp.
With a rich lather, Neutriderm Anti Dandruff Shampoo prevents tangling of hair, makes your hair soft and silky and is suitable for all ages and all hair types including coloured hair.
For a fast acting, sensitive -free, daily dandruff treatment that loves your hair as much as you do, purchase your Neutriderm Anti Dandruff Shampoo here.