Find out how summer can aggravate a dandruff problem and what you can do to tackle the root cause of dandruff to keep flakes away.
It’s important to remember, hot weather doesn’t cause dandruff. Although it’s easy to think it might as manypeople notice their symptoms are aggravated during warmer weather.
Dandruff is in fact a year-round problem for those who suffer from it. It's caused by a microbe on the scalp that’s always present comerain or shine.
More about the causes of dandruff
But during the summer months, there are a number of things which may make the symptoms appear worse, including:
- heat – as temperatures rise, the dandruff-causing microbe Malassezia globosa is more likely to thrive, raising the prospect of adandruff flare-up.
- sweat– this can also provide ideal conditions for Malassezia globosa to thrive, raising the prospect of a flare-up.
- pollution– in warmer weather we tend to be outside more, and this puts us in contact with more pollutants which can damage your scalp’snatural defenses. With your defences down, you’re more at risk of dandruff.
How to keep your scalp protected all summer
The easiest and most effective way to keep dandruff at bay is to use an anti-dandruff shampoo every time you wash yourhair.
And that’s where Head & Shoulders comes in. It contains zinc pyrithione which has been proven in hundreds of clinical studies tofight flakes.
While it’s great for getting rid of flakes after a flare-up, it’s most important in helping to prevent them coming back.
It works by protecting your scalp against external factors which we know make dandruff worse. So use it regularly and you’ll keep your protection topped up to keep flakes away for a dandruff-free summer, fall, winter and spring.
You’ll find some great, refreshing variants for summer too such as our Refresh shampoo or Instant Oil Control Shampoo which both keep your hair smelling and looking great.
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