Friday, February 13, 2015

Dandruff--oh no

Ick--regretting this.
Does this seem like a 1950s problem? Somehow you don't hear that much about it anymore.

Never fear. I am here.

The American Academy of Dermatology is still into it.  Adam Friedman, MD, asst prof of dermatology and director of dermatologic research at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, says to control the irksome flaking, don't just brush and brush--use dandruff shampoo and treatments.

--Follow instructions on the bottle. There are many kinds, with different ingredients--they work differently. Some you leave on for five mins, for example, some not.

--Caucasians or Asians should use dandruff shampoo twice a week.

--Be careful if the shampoo contains coal tar. This can discolor blonde, gray or white hair. Tar shampoo also increases sensitivity to UV rays--wear a hat.

Usually dandruff does not require a trip to the doctor. But sometimes the flaking can be psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, a fungal infection or eczema. If the shampoo does not do it, see a dermatologist.

There is a video on YouTube called "Dandruff: How to Treat" if you need more info.

So bring back the black sweaters!

No comments: