March 13, 2012

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Dandruff Brush – Can It Work?

Can a simple hairbrush help reduce your dandruff suffering? Yes, but not any kind of hairbrush – A copper tipped dandruff brush can. These brushes are becoming very popular and effective at controlling dandruff symptoms. These brushes can be a valuable tool for natural dandruff treatments.

As with any dandruff product or treatment, there is no permanent cure. The best someone can hope for is a simple natural dandruff treatments regime that keeps all of the symptoms in check. Dandruff brushes are effective at eliminating the itch and the visible dandruff flakes.

WHY COPPER?

Copper Dandruff BrushCopper has been used for a long time to neutralize bacteria and fungus (the cause of dandruff). Many folks who suffer from fungal arthritis wear copper bracelets to help with pain. Many people who work in dark and damp places, such as mines, often wear special copper socks to prevent foot fungus. A Chilean company even produces and sells copper underwear (no joke!)

There is no doubt that copper works to neutralize bacteria and fungus. It does not stop or prevent the bacteria from forming, but it does kill it when it appears.

Fungus forms naturally on everyone’s scalp, not just dandruff sufferers. Those who suffer from dandruff are more sensitive to this fungus. It takes some time for this fungus to do its work in producing dandruff symptoms.

The copper on the brush will kill this fungus before it has a chance. This is why many people are finding relief using a copper dandruff brush.

 HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE A DANDRUFF BRUSH

Most dandruff brushes do not come with detailed instructions for use. But people report relief using it once or twice a day.

These brushes are somewhat fragile, as the bristles can easily be pulled out. This brush is  not designed to be used as a detangling brush, or even a styling brush. Think of your dandruff brush as a luxury item that you will use to pamper yourself.

Use it in the morning before you leave the house, or in the evening before bed. A good brushing will remove any flakes in your hair. The soothing massage of the soft bristles is where the copper properties really kick in, and kills the fungus that lives on your scalp.

 BENEFITS OF USE

Many people using a dandruff brush report that they can now control their dandruff without using harsh dandruff shampoos. Of course, your results may vary. I do recommend the continued use natural dandruff shampoos.

Looking through the reviews, there is a common theme reported by people who have not had positive results from the brush. The most common mistake is that they are using the brush occasionally (two or three times a week). Another is using the brush BEFORE washing their hair.

Therefore, I recommend using the brush at least once every day, and use the brush AFTER washing your hair.

BRUSH TYPES

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There are several varieties of dandruff brushes. There is the regular size brush that resembles a standard styling brush.For those with thick or longer hair, there is a larger paddle brush (shown here).

There are more exotic dandruff brushes on the market that don’t use copper. An example is the Viatek dandruff brush which uses enriched oxygen. These other types of brushes do not seem to be as effective, and are more expensive than the standard Goody style dandruff brushes.

 PROs and CONs

Many users of dandruff brushes report very positive results. Some of the most common advantages are:

PROs

  • Affordable Cost ($9 – $15)
  • Soothing and soft on the scalp
  • Reduces itching
  • Reduction of visible flakes throughout the day

 CON’s

  • Fragile (bristles pull out easily)
  • Short life span (a few months)
  • Only available on-line

Overall the reviews are very positive. Everyone who suffers from dandruff should add a dandruff brush to their natural dandruff treatments arsenal. Even if it doesn’t cure or even relieve your dandruff symptoms, you can be assured that the soothing massage effect on your scalp will be well worth the money.

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March 7, 2012

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Dandruff or Plaque Psoriasis?

Dandruff and plaque psoriasis are two different skin conditions, yet both conditions share flaking of dead skin cells as a common symptom. It is not uncommon for people suffering from psoriasis to mistake their symptoms for dandruff – especially if the condition affects the scalp.

Dandruff is caused by the overproduction of skin cells. As these excess skin cells die, they clump together and shed off in the form of dandruff flakes. Dandruff is usually caused by bacteria or yeast.

Plaque psoriasis is also the result of rapid growth of skin cells. The difference, however, is that psoriasis is caused by the body’s own autoimmune system:
From Wikipedia (PSORIASIS):

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system mistakes the skin cells as a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.

People who suffer from plaque psoriasis often have silvery flaky patches on various parts of the body, such as the elbows, knees and scalp.

Make sure you have ruled out plaque psoriasis or even dermatitis before dismissing your itchy flaky scalp as a standard case of dandruff.

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February 11, 2012

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Understanding Natural Dandruff Treatments

Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that leads to itching and flaking of the scalp. Dandruff is a result of dead skin cells on the scalp that are shedding. Although dandruff is not a serious condition it can be very uncomfortable and sometimes difficult to treat. There are many natural dandruff treatments, with vary degrees of effectiveness.

There are several causes that could could intensify dandruff symptoms. These can range from styling products to exposure in extreme heat and or extreme cold conditions.

When forming natural dandruff treatments, it is important to determine the correct root cause of your dandruff symptoms. There are several skin condition that mimic the symptoms of dandruff, and those conditions may require different forms of treatment.

The root cause of dandruff is a fungus or yeast that encourages the above normal growth and accelerated life cycle of skin cells on the scalp. As these excess skin cells die, they clump together forming those snowy flakes that we hate so much.

Natural dandruff treatments generally include special shampoos or special rinses. The main thing to remember is that dandruff is a skin condition and not a hair condition. So when selecting a natural dandruff treatment, remember that you should be focused on the scalp.

Chemical based dandruff shampoos are very good at killing the bacteria and fungus, but they irritate the skin on your scalp. This can lead to a rapid return of your dandruff symptoms. This is why I always recommend skin-friendly natural dandruff shampoos that do not include chemicals.

Oils such as olive oil, tea tree oil and coconut oils can also relieve symptoms of dandruff. Simply add a small dime sized amount of one of these oils to your natural shampoo prior to massaging into your hair. Massage the scalp as you wash being careful not to scratch or damage the skin. Be sure to rinse well to remove all the excess oil from hair follicles.

Your symptoms should show signs of easing using natural dandruff treatments. If not, you may be experiencing another skin condition altogether, such as scalp psoriasis.

If your symptoms are severe, and are effecting your quality of life, then you should be under the care of a physician (at least until the symptoms are under control).

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