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Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp

scalp-treatment-comboIt’s a common misconception to think that dandruff and a dry scalp are essentially the same problem but they are, in fact, two different conditions caused by different factors.

The whole Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp debate is unsurprisingly common due to the fact they share very similar symptoms. If you do not know exactly what the cause of the flakes of skin coming off from your scalp, or falling on to your clothes,  it can make it pretty hard to treat and sort out.

When it is Dandruff

So, when is it dandruff? Well, dandruff is generally characterised by quite large, greasy, waxy flakes of skin that may fall off your scalp when you scratch it or when you brush your hair. They can be quite yellow or grey-ish and cause your scalp to become very itchy.

Unlike a dry scalp, dandruff is usually due to a bacterial infection of the scalp and actually can be quite contagious. So, if you have dandruff do not share a brush, hat, towel or any hair accessories with someone else as there is a chance you could be causing them the very same problem.

Contrary to popular thought, dandruff is not actually caused by an overly dry scalp but actually by the secretion of too much oil (sebum). It can be down to an overgrowth of harmless yeast which feeds from the excess oil within the scalp causing the skin to shred and fall off in flakes.

Dandruff can become quite severe in its symptoms in some cases and can be accompanied by intense itching, oozing or even bleeding, so it is important you visit the doctors to confirm the exact cause of your dandruff.

When it is a Dry Scalp

A dry scalp is usually what most people really have when they think it is dandruff.

It is characterised by small, white flakes of skin that can also fall off when you scratch your scalp or brush your hair, much in the same way as dandruff. So, take note of the appearance of the flakes falling from your head as they could reveal a lot more than you first thought.

A dry scalp can be caused by a number of factors including using poor quality shampoo and conditioner (which strip your scalp of its natural oils, causing dryness), over-washing your hair, washing your hair with hot water, a change/increase in environmental temperature or simply your genes. It may also be accompanied by itching and irritation but is less likely to become as severe as dandruff can be.

How to treat either

So, now you understand a bit more about the Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp confusion, but how do you treat them?
Well, luckily, they can both be treated by using a high quality, moisturising scalp shampoo. And here at Syrinx, we have formulated exactly that.

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of dandruff or a dry scalp, whatever the reason for either may be.

The 3 piece products are based around our key ingredient, Sapropel. Sapropel has the unique ability to detoxify the scalp, drawing out impurities that may be causing the problem, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and mineral that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health. It has been clinically proven to calm itching and dramatically eradicate flaking.
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What is Dandruff?

what is dandruffSo, what is dandruff?

Okay, so we all know that dandruff is flaky bits of skin that fall off your head and can be pretty unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. But really, how much more do you know about it? Maybe you’d like to find out and more importantly find out how to treat it.

What are the signs of Dandruff?

Of course, white flakes of skin within the scalp and hair is probably the top sign that you are indeed suffering with dandruff. These flakes of skin may fall onto the shoulder, making the condition more obvious to others when dark clothing is worn.

The scalp might feel particularly itchy, tight or irritated. There have been reports from dandruff sufferers that their head feels tingly thanks to condition so this could also be considered an indicator.

Most cases of dandruff do not require any professional medical assistant as a good, effective shampoo will usually solve the problem.
However, if you find your scalp has become red or swollen and non-responsive to self-treatment then this could indicate sever seborrheic dermatitis and a trip to the GP is highly advised.

Why do I have it?

Dandruff is by no means a dangerous or uncommon condition to deal with but it can be an irritating one.

Dandruff is caused when the natural cycle of skin renewal becomes overly rapid. This then leads to detached dead skin forming on the scalp that can then get caught in the hair and fall off. Causes of this sped up cycle could be due to seborrheic dermatitis or out of control malessezia.

Emotional stress, chemical filled products, excessive washing, lack of washing, skin conditions such as eczema or a generally weak immune system are also considered factors that could cause dandruff in an individual.

How can I treat it?

Dandruff is a fairly common condition that, yes, CAN be controlled with the correct treatment.

Now you have the answer to ‘What is Dandruff’ it’s time to find out how to treat it.

The best way to treat dandruff at home is to opt for an all-natural, moisture-rich shampoo such as the Syrinx Za Shampoo. The shampoo contains natural, hydrating ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms of dandruff and soothe the associated irritation using antiseptic properties, allowing you to live a dandruff-free, easier life.
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Psoriasis on the Scalp

Scalp CleanserPsoriasis on the scalp is a relatively common skin condition that is thought to affect as many as half of the estimated 7.5 million Americans that suffer with psoriasis. Most of the time, an individual that suffers with scalp psoriasis will also suffer with the condition on other parts of their body but this is not always the case.

Scalp psoriasis can affect a sufferer of any age and can range from mild irritation to severe pain, affecting day to day activities such as sleep and work and prove to be quite an embarrassing condition to contend with.

Symptoms of Psoriasis on the Scalp

Symptoms of scalp psoriasis can vary from slight scaling in mild cases to more serious symptoms in severe cases.

Reddish plaques with white scaling may occur on the surface of the scalp and may cause dandruff-like flaking. A dry scalp that can be itchy or irritated may also be a symptom of scalp psoriasis.

More uncommon symptoms such as a burning sensation, a strong pain or hair loss may also occur in more severe forms. Please note, however, that hair loss is not a direct symptom of scalp psoriasis, but it can happen as a result of frequent scratching, harsh treatments and stress related to the condition.

What are the Causes?

Scalp psoriasis is most likely to occur in individuals that already suffer from psoriasis on other parts of their body, so it is generally a hereditary condition.

Sometimes scalp psoriasis can be worse than others depending on factors such as stress, infection, changes in temperature/weather and harsh treatments.

Ouch! How can I treat it?

The best way to treat Psoriasis on the Scalp at home is to opt for an all-natural, moisture-rich scalp shampoo, conditioner and prewash such as the Syrinx Za Scalp Combination.

The 3 piece treatment all contain natural, hydrating ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms of scalp psoriasis and soothe the associated scaling, redness, irritation, inflammation and flaking using antiseptic properties, allowing you to live a more comfortable, psoriasis-free life.
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Reasons for an Itchy Scalp

Scalp Treatment CombinationThere are a variety of potential Reasons for an Itchy Scalp. 

The skin of the scalp is exceptionally sensitive and so can be vulnerable to irritation more so than just about anywhere else on the body.

For many, an itchy can be quite embarrassing and affect their self-confidence. Scratching your head could be seen as quite socially unacceptable and even further embarrassment could be caused if flaking occurs after the scalp is scratched.

Possible causes of an Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp may or may not be a result of a skin condition or a rash.

The most common cause of an itchy scalp is dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), which brings symptoms such as flaking and, of course, itching. Factors such as emotional stress, chemical filled products, excessive washing, lack of washing, skin conditions such as eczema or a generally weak immune system can lead to the onset of dandruff. It can range in severity and so sometimes all that is needed are simple lifestyle changes while other times, in more extreme cases, treatment is required.

Psoriasis on the scalp is also a potential cause of an itchy scalp, which generally will mean the itching scalp is quite long term and there are visible scaly, red patches of skin on the surface of the scalp.

Other Reasons for an Itchy Scalp include more serious conditions such as infection, inflammation or allergies (particularly allergic reactions to chemical-filled hair products).

Seek advice from your local GP if you suspect your itchy scalp may be due to serious underlying problems such as the above.

How to treat an Itchy Scalp

Syrinx Za’s Hair and Scalp Combo are formulated to treat and reduce the symptoms of an itchy scalp, whatever the reason for it may be.

The 3 piece products are based around our key ingredient, Sapropel. Sapropel has the unique ability to detoxify the scalp, drawing out impurities that may be causing the problem, and provide a moisture-rich array of vitamins and mineral that work to restore the scalp back to its optimum health. It has been clinically proven to calm itching and dramatically eradicate flaking.

So, now you know the possible Reasons for an Itchy Scalp and how to treat it!