Dandruff is a common complaint which doesn't make it any less annoying. It is a scalp condition that involves lots of flaking of the skin and large scales and is often accompanied by itching. Dandruff is really a version of seborrhea dermatitis and most medical opinions consider dandruff to be a type of scalp or skin related disease. In addition to the scalp it may also affect the forehead, eyebrows, and ears.
Clinically, one description of dandruff is seborrhea capitos or excessive sebum production of the scalp. Today most skin specialists agree that dandruff is associated with a tiny fungus called Pityrosporum ovale, or P. ovale for short. This fungus lives on our bodies and scalp all the time, usually without causing a problem. Unfortunately, for some people, it can get out of control leading to dandruff.
To control dandruff:
1. Follow a yeast-free and yeast-promoting free diet. It can take a month for a yeast free diet to work. See that article:
2. Use a medicated shampoo that contains ZPT. The shampoo will reduce the speed of the growth of the cells on the scalp, thus lessening the cell replacement and decreasing the amount of dandruff.
3. Shampoo more often, up to three times a week using medicated shampoo until the situation is controlled. Then, continue use of the medicated shampoo once every week until you feel a difference in your scalp.