Increase in dandruff during winters

  • Jan 10 , 2017

When you see more snowflakes on your shoulder it means winters have arrived and you are having excessive dandruff. The primary culprit is an overabundance of Malassezia fungus, but this cannot be the only reason as dandruff can also be caused due to cold air.

Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear. Dandruff is a common condition, which is marked by itching. In some cases, it can be embarrassing and not easy to treat.

These are the reasons why dandruff increases during winter:

  • Cold dry airExposure to cold, dry air and overheated offices or homes can increase dandruff.
  • Hats and scarfWearing hats and scarf for a long duration irritates you and causes itching, scratching and flaking skin.
  • Environment change: During winters air is dry so we need a proper amount of moisture to be in the air. So we need to take care of that.
  • Hair brushingNot combing your hair often can be another cause of the increase in dandruff. This is because they are not aiding the shedding of skin that combing or brushing provides.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis (irritated, oily skin)People with seborrheic dermatitis are prone to dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis affects many areas of the skin, including the back of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows, and the sides of the nose, not just the scalp. The patient will have red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales.
  • Hair wash: In winters we do not wash our hair because of the cold weather, but not taking a proper head bath can be a cause of dandruff too.

Home remedies

  • Baking sodaBaking soda can kill fungicide, a common fungus that occurs on everyone’s scalp and causes dandruff. It's tiny particles can also be useful in removing those flakes stuck in your hair.
  • FenugreekFenugreek seeds have a composition that is rich in protein and amino acids, encouraging hair growth and warding off those flakes in the process.
  • Neem leavesThis Indian herb can inhibit the growth of dandruff, which is caused fungus. It relieves itching as well.