Updated: Mar 22
Approximately 1of 5 people have dandruff, which probably also means about one out of five people are buying dandruff shampoos. But they don’t realize is that their shampoos might actually be making their dandruff worse — or even causing it.
How Can Your Shampoo Cause Dandruff?
Sulfates are surfactants that strip all of the gunk off your skin and out of your hair. While they clean your hair, sulfates remove moisture and natural oils from your hair and scalp, which damages it and makes it more susceptible to bacteria. Which leads to dandruff.
When this happens, your body reacts by creating more oil which can—and most likely will—clog your pores and hair follicles, trapping the bacteria and oil and dead skin inside. In turn, you get more dandruff!
When it’s all said and done, the sulfates in dandruff shampoos begin to create a cycle of dependency by making your dandruff worse.
And What Is The Solution?
If you’re looking for a solution that will actually stop dandruff, you’ll need to use a sulfate-free shampoo with an antidandruff ingredient in it.
However, if you do decide to give it a try and don’t see improvements within eight weeks after switching shampoos, you should consider seeing a doctor, as they might be able to better diagnose the cause.
And while you’re looking for a new shampoo, we’d like to mention that our Mr. Beerskin Dandruff-Fighting Shampoo is sulfate-free, rich in natural extracts and essential oils—many of which actively fight dry scalp and dandruff. Moreover, of course, we've added a superpower ingredient – Piroctone Olamine, which helps natural ingredients fight against dandruff. What else Causes Dandruff? – read here.