You may not realise it, but you are constantly shedding dead skin cells from all over your body. It’s the skin’s natural way to rejuve nate itself. In fact, you get a whole new suit of skin about every 27 or 28 days. The old stuff just sort of flakes away. You just don’t tend to notice the tiny skin cells dropping off your arms, your legs, and even your scalp.
Dandruff results from the same shedding of skin cells. But scientists have discovered that dandruff occurs when a yeast-like fungus, called ‘malassezia,’ goes wild on your scalp. Our home remedies prescribe how to rid your scalp of dandruff.
• Switch shampoos: If your regular shampoo isn’t doing the trick, even with daily washing, it’s time to switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo. Look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and possibly even decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi.