I’m a hair expert – the anti-dandruff hack going viral could leave you with agonising injuries… – The Sun


A HAIR expert has warned that a dandruff hack going viral could leave you with an agonising injury.
Dandruff is a common problem – if you don’t have it now, there’s a good chance you’ll experience it at some point in your life.
It’s not harmful but sometimes there might be a skin condition causing it, which should get treatment.
Nevertheless, #dandruffsolution has more than 166 million views on TikTok, showing many are keen to clear their flaky scalp with at home remedies.
One video with 4.6 million views claims glycolic acid could be the secret elixir for curing dandruff.
The creator, @calistatee, claims that she started using the chemical 14 months ago, and within two months, she was flake-free.
In other videos she claims glycolic acid exfoliates the scalp, lifting dead skin and dissolving excess oil.
Nicole Petty, Haircare Expert for Milk + Blush, said the exfoliating properties of glycolic acid may be a quick fix for the first signs of flakiness.
But it should be warned that this hack is not risk-free.
She said: “The harshness of glycolic acid is largely down to its concentration percentage and pH level – the lower the pH level, the stronger it’ll be.
“Most glycolic acids available to shoppers will be under 10 per cent, but some may be able to get their hands on acids up to 70 per cent concentration online. 
“This strength should only be used by professionals in a clinical environment to treat extreme skin issues and will easily cause chemical burns if used by the inexperienced.
“And even if you do find one with a lower concentration, remember that scalps have more nerve endings and blood vessels than anywhere else on your body.
"You need to be extra careful when applying acids, as too much exposure could result in it becoming painfully sensitive.
“Sensitivity or tenderness in your scalp is a sign that something isn’t right and could be a sign that the products you’re using are too harsh.”
Glycolic acid heightens skin sensitivity to UV rays. Scalp burns can lead to a range of issues, including increased dryness and flakiness, and can lead to hair loss.
While you may see some improvement in your dandruff, it might come back worse as exfoliation can dry the skin out, Nicole said.
What’s more, it could come at the cost of your locks.
“Since glycolic acid penetrates the hair shaft, excessive use can weaken hair and leave it vulnerable to breakage and thinning.
“Glycolic acid also strips the scalp of sebum, which your body needs to nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth.
“Excessive exfoliating will stop your scalp from producing the necessary sebum and can leave you with brittle, thinning hair.”

If you’re trying glycolic acid, you need to up the factor 50, Nicole said.
“It’s well-known that glycolic acid heightens skin sensitivity to UV rays,” she said. 
“But many TikTokers using glycolic acid for their hair may not consider the increased risk of scalp burn.
“Scalp burns can lead to a range of issues, including increased dryness and flakiness, and can lead to hair loss.”
Nicole said if you want to try this hack, do your research first and only use glycolic acid maximum once a week. 
Invest in a high-quality scalp SPF, wear a hat or keep out of the sun for a minimum of 24 hours after applying the acid.
The NHS says you can pick up an anti-dandruff shampoo in the supermarket or pharmacy.
Look for shampoo containing one of these ingredients:
Use the shampoo for a month to see if your dandruff improves.
See a GP if this doesn't work, if your dandruff is very bad and itchy, or the scalp is red or swollen.
Causes of dandruff may include psoriasis, eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis.
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