WHY MOMS DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT DANDRUFF
MANILA, NOVEMBER 6, 2006 (STAR) "A lot of my clients are mothers who have children suffering from dandruff," says Dr. Azalea Castro, a dermatologist who is a mother to four plus an upcoming baby.
"The moms express their concern about their young or adolescent children becoming shy because of telltale signs of dandruff. The sad thing is that their schoolmates and friends start to shy away from them, too," she adds.
Dandruff, she says, is not an abnormal condition. It is caused by germs and fungi called "malasezzia furfur," which is a natural inhabitant in the skin.
"In some people, this fungus flourishes and manifests into redness and flakiness. This is quite an embarrassing sight," Castro says.
"What is really damaging is the effect that dandruff has on the social and psychological aspects of a person," she adds.
Aside from germs, dandruff can also be caused by a lowered immune system brought about by poor diet, lack of sleep, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle.
"Environmental changes such as weather being hot or cold can also trigger dandruff," she says.
As children cross into adolescence, they become more active in their day-to-day activities. They play under the sun more often, meet new friends and try out new things like sports and other activities. Because of their active lifestyle, they get more prone to germs that can cause dandruff.
These germs can be everywhere, and to children having fun, they might not notice the dirt and germs they acquire through play.
Since dandruff is recurrent and germs are everywhere, Castro recommends hair washed at least three times a week with a mild shampoo that is specifically formulated to prevent dandruff, aside from the daily mild shampoo being used.
Brushing hair at night and reducing use of products applied to hair are also suggested as good hair health tips.
"Itís as simple as that," she says. "Besides, having clean and nice smelling hair gives one a confident feeling Ė no matter what age a person is at," she says.
Hair worriers can feel confident that they have the strongest ally in the newest variant from the experts in hair health, the new Vaseline Dandruff Care Shampoo.
Yvette Perez, Unileverís product development manager for personal care, says, "From research studies and clinical tests conducted at the Unilever Global Technology Center, our international hair health experts have developed a unique germ-fighting formula that effectively fights germs that can cause dandruff, and removes 100 percent of visible flakes from the first wash, compared to other regular shampoos."
The tests were conducted among different Asian adults and children, ranging from dermatological, clinical and home-use studies. Results confirmed the effectiveness of the germ-fighting formula in removing dandruff, even among children who have sensitive skin.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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