Know what exactly is dandruff and its many causes!
There are many causes of dandruff. However, prior to analyzing the dandruff causes it would be prudent to know what exactly dandruff is. The clinical
term for 'dandruff' is Pityriasis capitis. It is commonly known as scurf. Dandruff are dry scalp skin or scales that remain suspended on hair.
The Medilexicon's medical dictionary identifies dandruff as some gray or white scales located in scalp hair. It further traces the cause of these scalp
scales to the exfoliation of the outer layer of the scalp skin known as epidermis. Such branny exfoliation can be a normal process or it can happen in
an abnormal or excessive manner.
Exfoliation is the natural biological process of the cells constantly renewing themselves by first throwing off the old or dead ones in the forms of dry or
branny scales. These flakes are first pushed to the surface and then out of the scalp.
The roots of the term 'dandruff' have been traced to many languages. These are the dialects of East England (Anglian), old high German, and old
Norse. Linguists tracing the roots of 'dandruff' to the East Anglian dialect, huff, feel that it is made up of the two words 'dand' and 'hurf'. The origin of
'dand' is unknown but 'hurf' refers to the 'scab' or the crust over a healing sore, cut etc. In the old Norse dialect too, 'hrufa' stands for 'scab'. Extreme
and at times abrupt change in temperature can be the immediate factors behind dandruff causes.
Once the pace of exfoliation is faster, the quantity of the shed dead cells is more than normal. It is in such cases that dandruff becomes quite
noticeable. This typical condition occurs when the skin turns flaky or inflamed.
The common causes of dandruff are the following: Improper care of the scalp or hair; dry or oily skin; heart patients, too much of tension or mental
stress, HIV patients, skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis and poor diet. Ensure that your diet contains dishes that have B vitamins, different types
of fats and zinc. Some people prone t