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Does Singapore’s Weather Cause More Dandruff?

For this hair beauty blunder, you can blame it on the weather. Singapore’s tropical climate doesn’t bode well for proper hair care. The heat and humidity on this little red dot cause low evaporation rates, leading to increased sweat retention. And that makes for a hotspot for microorganisms on your hair. You can imagine what comes next. Tropika Club wonders, is there a way around this hair-raising problem? Does Singapore’s weather cause more dandruff?

What is dandruff? And what causes dandruff?

Dandruff is a medical condition where it causes the skin on the scalp to flake. While we can’t know what’s the exact cause, but we can point to a few common culprits:

  • Dry and irritated scalp, which could cause seborrhoeic dermatitis—a more severe form of dandruff.
  • Excess sebum (oil production) on the scalp. That could lead to an oily scalp and cause seborrhoeic dermatitis.
  • Malassezia furfur, a form of yeast that’s actually commonly found in the scalps of healthy people. But an overgrowth could aggravate your scalp and cause excess growth in your skin cells. 
  • Contact dermatitis—when your scalp becomes sensitive to hair care products.
  • The skin conditions scalp psoriasis and eczema could cause dandruff too.

How Does Singapore’s Weather Cause More Dandruff?

If your work mainly takes you outdoors, or if you’re more active, you might be more susceptible to get those pesky white flakes. In addition, Singapore’s weather cause more dandruff because of its heat and humidity, which could cause excess sebum and an overgrowth of the Malassezia yeast in the scalp microenvironment. All that could throw your scalp’s delicate balance of good bacteria, bad bacteria, and other yeast organisms.

What’s more, poor diet and lifestyle choices, as well as excessive exposure to the sun and pollutants could exacerbate your dandruff conditions and scalp psoriasis as well. Because that increases the amount of damage of free radicals that are not only in our bodies, but also on our skin and scalp as well. That’s how inflammation on your scalp could occur.

How can you reduce or get rid of dandruff?

If expensive shampoo isn’t your drift, you can start with simple lifestyle changes. You could start with showering after you exercise so you can wash out your hair. Try not to sleep with your wet hair too. The moisture could encourage bacteria growth not only on your scalp microenvironment, but on your pillow too.

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Finding effective ways to alleviate your stress might help too. Stress could worsen dandruff on your scalp because it compromises your immune system, leaving your scalp vulnerable to the Malassezia yeast.

Your diet matters too. Switch away from foods rich in saturated fats to reduce inflammation in your body. That way, you increase your body’s capacity to deal with damage from free radicals.

Finding the Key to Healthy Scalp

It’s all about balance. To achieve a healthy scalp, you should strive for adequate levels of hydration within the epidermis, as well as balanced amounts of sebum on the outer layers of the sculpt.

The Right Shampoo Helps

Getting the right hair shampoo for your scalp can help put your dandruff woes to rest, especially when you have sensitive skin. You can better find the right shampoo by having a better understanding of the condition of your scalp. After you cleanse, check the skin on your forehead to see if it’s dry, oily, or sensitive. It can even be a combination of all three.

Over-the-counter anti-dandruff shampoos could offer some relief. Most of them can be used along with the regular shampoo you’re using too. Most of the time, anti-dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione. It’s an ingredient with antibacterial and antifungal properties that slow the production of excess skin cells.

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Selenium sulfide is one of the common active ingredients in anti-dandruff shampoos. Selenium sulfide slows down your skin’s renewal process and reduces Malassezia.

Salicylic acid can reduce the amount of scale as well. But, you might need to pair a moisturising conditioner with it, because salicylic acid could leave your scalp dry.

You can use ketoconazole shampoo periodically to combat your dandruff issues too. But it’s better to have it recommended by a doctor. Because you might have adverse reactions to Ketoconazole, which includes itchy scalps, dry skin, abnormal hair texture, and symptoms of contact dermatitis.

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Terence is Tropika Club Magazine's deputy editor who loves learning about animals and their behavior. He is also an anthropologist, so he is very interested in how different cultures interact with animals. He has worked in the publishing industry for over 10 years, and have been lucky enough to work with some amazing authors and editors.

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