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Dandruff (or Seborrheic Dermatitis)
What is dandruff?
What is the cause of dandruff?
How does yeast cause dandruff?
Root of the problem!
How is dandruff treated?

Dandruff...
Hello, I’m Dr. Rene Martin Earles, and today I would like to talk to you about one of the most annoying conditions that affects human beings.
Let's talk about dandruff.
What is dandruff?

Dandruff is a condition that causes dryness, flaking and itching of the scalp, sometimes very severe. It also sometimes involves the eye-brows, eyelids and ears.  We all know it when we see it and most of us have experienced it. Obviously, it can cause significant social embarrassment.
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What is the cause of dandruff?

Research indicates that dandruff is caused by yeast, perhaps more than one. There are many types of yeasts in our world.  There is yeast that are combined with dough to make it rise in order to make bread, cakes etc. there are yeast are mixed with sugar fruit and alcohol to make different types of wines and liquors. There is vaginal yeast that causes problems for women, and there's yeast that grows in the mouths of babies giving them a condition called thrush mouth. There is also a yeast that grows in the scalp, including in the oil glands, which go deeply into the scalp. This yeast causes the condition, “dandruff” or Seborrheic Dermatitis, the medical name for dandruff.
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How does yeast cause dandruff?

First, understand that every hair on the scalp is surrounded by, or/and is intimately associated with an oil gland. The oil gland usually shares with the hair follicle, the same opening to the scalp. In the healthy state, the oil gland secretes a tiny amount of oil which lubricates the hair and scalp.
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Now lets get to the root of the problem!

The yeast that lives in the oil glands and on the scalp in fact actually eats the oil. THIS IS IT’S FOOD!  The oil is therefore, not there to lubricate the hair and scalp. The decrease or absence of oil causes dryness and flaking. Dryness by itself can cause itching. The presence of the yeast in large numbers can also cause considerable inflammation, which is another cause of itching. Thus, a person with dandruff may itch for two different lesions, dryness and inflammation. If itching is severe, subsequent scratching can cause breakage of the skin and with resultant bleeding, and sometimes, infection as well.  This inflammation and infection may even cause temporary, patchy hair loss. These episodes may lead to a condition called folliculitis.  Chronic folliculitis can cost permanent hair loss.
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How is dandruff treated?

Current conventional treatment of dandruff usually consists of shampooing the hair several times weekly. The shampoos have ingredients that kill, neutralize or reduce the number of yeast, primarily those on the surface of the scalp and the upper part of the hair follicle. Some of the yeast is simply washed away. Because of the fleeting contact of the shampoo with the scalp only the superficial yeast are affected, and thus the need for frequent shampooing.

My product, Dr. Earles Hair & Scalp Treatment, is applied to the scalp where it remains for a period of time, usually at least several hours, just like many other dermatologic treatments.  In this manner, it is able to penetrate deeply into the hair follicle where many of the dandruff causing yeast are.  Since my product is applied to the scalp to neutralize the yeast, it is no longer necessary to wash the hair several times weekly. If one desires to wash their hair frequently, shampooing does not hamper or interfere with the product as long as it stays on for several hours, for instance,  overnight.  In fact, one may wash their hair frequently or infrequently, whatever one desires as dictated by their desires, hair-style, or customs they may have personally or have established with their hair stylist or beautician.
 
Thus, in order for a product to be effective in the treatment of dandruff it must do the following:
1. It must stop the itching!
2. It must neutralize the yeast!
3. It must restore the moisture balance of the scalp!
4. And it must do these things in a way that is acceptable to the user!
Because my product does all four of these things, it is ideally suited for the treatment of dandruff for a broad-spectrum of people.
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