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Remedies & Treatment for Dandruff

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Neutriderm, Dandruff, shampoo, hair care, treatment

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Are you struggling with excess build-up on your scalp, or feeling self-conscious about flaking?

Dandruff is one of the leading scalp concerns among women with 50% of the population suffering from the condition at some point.

 

 

There are two forms of Dandruff. One is caused by too little oil on the scalp known as Dry Dandruff, while the other is caused by an excess of oil which exacerbates a natural fungus on the scalp called Malassezia. This form of Dandruff presents as a stickier, thicker version of Dry Dandruff.

While Dandruff in all its forms cannot be cured, there are ways in which we can manage the condition and keep symptoms at bay.

Symptoms: White or yellow flakes on the scalp, overly oily scalp and hair, dry scalp, itchy scalp.

 

Key Causes of Dandruff:

  • Excess oil production
  • Build-up of dead cell matter on the scalp
  • An increase in yeast like fungus overgrowth: Malassezia
  • Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis)
  • Dry skin

 

Treatment:

Firstly, we need to control the overgrowth of fungus, Malassezia.  A shampoo that contains Climbazole is vital for addressing this concern. Climbazole is a topical anti-fungal agent known for its ability to suppress Malassezia without interfering with the natural functions of the scalp.

Once the fungus and excess build up have been removed, the scalp can begin to function optimally without interference. An Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is recommended for initial treatment to keep the condition at bay while nourishing the scalp to minimise dryness and encourage a healthy scalp and hair.

Hair Care: 

When exposing the scalp to anti-dandruff ingredients, the hair can become dry and brittle as excess oil is regulated. Some ingredients may also leave hair strands vulnerable to drying. It's important to ensure your Anti-Dandruff Shampoo contains ingredients which will nourish the scalp while maintaining moisture within the hair strands themselves. This will ensure the hair maintains a healthy condition allowing for ongoing use of the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo without detrimental effects. 

Product Recommendation

Neutriderm Anti-Dandruff Shampoo contains a potent anti-fungal to kill the multiplying cells and reduce the rate of bacteria growth. Neutriderm Anti-Dandruff Shampoo leaves the scalp clean as it eliminates excess oil and Dandruff flakes on the scalp and hair shaft. The shampoo has a rich lather for a thorough clean, conditions the hair like a professional shampoo, and is suitable for all ages and hair types including coloured hair.

Ingredients:

  • Climbazole 1%: Anti-fungal agent which removes Dandruff-causing Malassezia
  • Citric Acid: Anti-microbial to assist in minimising Malassezia while lifting away dead skin cells
  • Polyquaternium 10: Conditioning and moisture-retaining agent for silky smooth hair

 

 

Are you ready to ditch Dandruff for good? Consider Neutriderm Anti-Dandruff Shampoo to control and alleviate the symptoms of Dandruff quickly and effectively. Then move on to Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo for superior maintenance and optimal scalp health.

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What Does a Healthy Scalp Look Like?

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Dermavive, Dry Scalp, shampoo

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Like so many of us, between washing, blow drying and styling our hair, it's easy to neglect your scalp. But do you know the difference between a healthy and not-so-healthy scalp? 

 

#1: So what is a healthy scalp? 

A healthy scalp is one with a balanced pH between 4.5 and 5.5. This means the skin is neither too alkaline nor acidic, allowing it to function optimally with a healthy level of oil secretions. A healthy scalp will shed regularly (without being obvious) as the dead skin cells are easily washed and brushed away without clumping. 

Tip: Use the quality of your hair to gauge your scalp health. If your hair grows well, and appears luscious without being overly oily or dry, your scalp is likely functioning at its best. 

 

#2: Signs of an unhealthy scalp 

Dry, Itchy Scalp: If you experience flaking accompanied by irritability, this is a sign of dry scalp. Small white flakes will be present post-washing and brushing the hair, as opposed to larger yellow-ish flakes for dandruff sufferers. 

Scaling: In severe cases of scaling and inflammation, seborrheic dermatitis may be present. This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which isolates itself to the scalp and hairline accompanied by extreme discomfort and redness.

Oily Scalp: If you experience oiliness and feel the need to wash your hair daily, this is a cause of concern as your scalp may be overproducing oil. The overproduction of oil can lead to the overgrowth of a naturally-occurring fungus called Malassezia. While many associate dandruff with dry skin, ironically excess oil and Malassezia is the leading cause. 

Tip: A sign of poor scalp health is hair loss. Hair may fall out (more than your average 150 strands per day) and may appear lackluster, limp and struggle to grow. 

 

#3: How to rectify poor scalp health

  • Balance the pH of the skin to allow it to regulate and function optimally.
  • Regulate the oil production and the conditions caused by too much oil will be minimised.
  • Avoid harsh ingredients which effect pH, or worse, strip the skin of natural oils is vital.
  • Incorporate a pH balanced naturally derived shampoo into your regime to manage dry scalp conditions. 

Tip: By opting for a shampoo that not only rectifies dry scalp conditions, but also nourishes the hair like a professional shampoo, you can support your scalp without adding extra steps to your hair care regime. 

#4 Colloidal Oatmeal for a perfectly balanced healthy scalp 

  • Anti-itch 
  • Antibacterial 
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Nourishing 
  • Humectant 

Tip: Look for natural ingredients which are known to hydrate, soothe, and protect the skin for complete treatment, maintenance and preventative properties.  

If dry scalp conditions are keeping you from reaching your hair goals, be sure to try a natural soap-free remedy to regulate pH and oil production. Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo is formulated to effectively relieve dry scalp conditions by encouraging healthy scalp functioning with complimentary nourishing and soothing capabilities. 

 

Are you ready to embrace a perfectly balanced scalp and enjoy luscious hair as a result? Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo is a pH balanced soap-free shampoo formulated for effective cleansing and hydrating of the hair and scalp.

Purchase your Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo here

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5 Causes of Hair Loss you Didn't Know About

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Neutriderm

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Is your hair thinning or lacking fullness? While it's normal to lose between 100-150 strands per day, a staggering 50%* of all women will experience female pattern hair loss at some point.   

Keen to learn more about hair loss? Here are five uncommonly known causes to consider as well as tips for turning your hair loss woes around. 

#1: Styling Habits

One of the most common causes of excess hair loss is caused by the environment we create for our hair. A challenging environment is caused by hair styling tools which require heat, hair elastics, hats which cause friction, as well as hair styles which tug our hair at the hairline such as tight ponytails and the favourable top knot. Not only do these styling habits cause strain on the hair via heat and tension, they can also lead to long term thinning of the hair by consistent pulling and damage.

Tip: Give your hair a break from heat, opt for gentle brushes such as detanglers, and wear your hair out - especially when sleeping. 

#2: Contraceptives

Birth control pills are known to have a number of affects on the functioning of our skin so its no surprise that these tiny pills can cause changes to our hair also. The oral contraceptive can cause those with a predisposition to hair thinning to experience more drastic thinning when taking the pill. In addition to this, according to the American Hair Loss Association, “Women who are hypersensitive to the hormonal changes taking place in their bodies can experience hair loss to varying degrees while on the pill or more commonly, several weeks or months after stopping the pill.”

Tip: If you are concerned about your current course of contraception, now is the time to speak with your doctor about side-effects and alternate options. 

#3: Stress

When we feel stressed we often use the term "pulling our hair out", but that's not actually how stress affects our hair density. Extreme stress can lead to a disruption of the hair's normal growth cycle. To get technical, the "telegon" phase is the end of the hair life cycle. Stress causes hair to enter this phase prematurely making it fall faster than normal therefore shortening the life cycle of individual hair strands.

Tip: Adequate sleep combined with a healthy diet and exercise regime have shown to assist in the natural regulation of the stress hormone, cortisol. 

#4: Vitamin Deficiencies 

Deficiencies in vitamins can lead to thinning hair due to malnourishment and an impaired immune system. Crash diets and eating disorders are often to blame for this as the body struggles to nurture its cells. A Vitamin D deficiency can dramatically affect hair growth while Vitamins B, C, Zinc and Iron are known for helping your hair grow faster and appear luscious and full. 

Tip: Before starting any sort of new diet be sure that the diet meets all of your nutritional needs including vitamins B,C and D. 

#5 Post Partum Hair Loss

While many expecting women experience a surge in hair growth during pregnancy, post-partum hair loss is a very real and common concern for new mums. While it may feel like you are losing your hair, it's actually just your body's way of regulating your hair growth rate. The scientific reason for this is that pregnancy hormones slow hair loss stopping you from shedding the standard 50-100 strands per day. As estrogen decreases post-birth, a shedding occurs as the body starts to revert back to its normal growth cycle. During this time hair can fall quite drastically which can cause alarm. But don't fret, this is a normal process of both pregnancy and post-partum periods.

Tip: If you would like to restore your hair back to its pre-baby glory quickly, Sabal Extract products can help fast track your progress. 

 

If thinning, lack lustre hair is causing you concern, it might be time to switch up your hair care routine. The Neutriderm Hair Enhancer Range consists of a shampoo, conditioner and a lotion, which are formulated to support maximum hair regrowth and strengthening results. These ingredients include: 

  • Sabal Extract blocks 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT which is responsible for premature hair loss.
  • Mulberry Root Extract has hair growth factors which positively effect the growth cycle.
  • Zinc Gluconate supports scalp and follicle health while preventing the overproduction of DHT.
  • Zinc Citrate assists in hair regrowth for those who are mineral deficient.  
  • Panthenol improves hair elasticity, moisture retention and strength. 

Formulated to nourish the scalp and minimise hair fall, a 90% reduction in breakage can be noticed within one month of using the Neutriderm Hair Enhancer range. 

*Australian Journal of Medical Practice - Female Pattern Hair Loss 

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Restore Hair Volume & Vitality

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Neutriderm

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For most of us, having a full head of healthy hair is the epitome of hair goals. Our hair plays a huge role in our confidence and when we notice it feeling less than luscious, it can leave us feeling, well, a bit flat.

So why are you seeing more hair in your hair brush than usual? 

Frustratingly, almost 50% of all women will experience overall volume loss due to a combination of styling habits, ageing and hormones before they reach 50 years of age. So it isn't just our skin care regime that needs a shake-up as we age, it's our hair care as well.

 

My hair is thinning! Why?

If you are experiencing volume loss and thinning it can come down to a number of factors. Compromised hair often suffers from cuticle damage which can cause our hair to appear thinner through breakage. Hair compromisation can be caused by dry scalp conditions as well as external factors such as heated styling tools and bleaching.

On the other hand, hormonal imbalances through times such as pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause can cause disruptions in our hair growth patterns. For example, pregnancy can cause a surge in hair growth due to high levels of estrogen which prolong the growth phase. This is commonly followed by dramatic hair fall during breastfeeding as our hormones re-balance.

As we age and go through hormonal changes such as menopause, we experience a rise in testosterone which converts to DHT. DHT damages hair follicles and triggers hair loss by physically shrinking the hair follicle. DHT is the most common cause of actual hair loss in women. 

 

How do I restore my luscious mane? 

A shampoo that works to effectively clean the hair to remove excess sebum will address dry scalp issues which can compromise the quality of the hair. A shampoo that contains Sabal Extract which smooths and protects the hair cuticle will also work to reduce hair breakage.
 
A conditioner that contains Sabal Extract will anchor the hair at its root while stimulating overall hair growth and slowing the hair loss process by minimising inflammation. Sabal Extract has a direct action on 5a-reductase which modulates DHT to prevent follicle shrinkage and minimise hair fall. 

Avoid heated styling tools which can dry your hair leading to breakage and therefore making it prone to falling out. Heat damaged hair appears thinner as strands snap away. Play it cool and embrace your natural style on a more regular basis. 

Go a shade darker. If you're dedicated to lightening your tresses, consider going a shade darker. Bleach is known for drying and snapping hair strands leading to thinner-looking hair. Allow your hair time to recuperate and you can rejoice in less breakage and restored volume in time. 

With the right tools and advice, volume loss and thinning hair can be a thing of the past. Medically endorsed products and smarter hair care habits will help you restore your hair's volume and vitality for good. 

 

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Join The 4% Of People Who Know How To Cure Dandruff

/ by Isabella posted in Hair, Dandruff

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Having a dry scalp, or dandruff can be extremely uncomfortable, itchy, and even painful. 96% of people don't know there is a cure for dandruff, 4% of people know it can't be completely cured, however, it is a condition that can be easily managed and treated.

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How To Fix Damaged Hair Without Changing Your Routine

/ by Isabella posted in Hair, Neutriderm

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As a busy, hard-working, career woman, it can be hard to juggle a hair care routine while maintaining all the other things in your life. Sometimes, you may find that your hair care routine falls behind due to having such little time, and it may not make it to the top of your priority list.

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