What is dandruff?
If you have those white and dry flakes on your skin or scalp, don’t panic. We can help you. You can get rid of dandruff as most of the time it is harmless. Dandruff can be caused by dry scalp or skin and colder season, combined with overheated rooms. Furthermore, people with seborrheic dermatitis (very irritated oily skin) are very prone to dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can affect many areas of the skin, including the backs of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows, and the sides of the nose, not just the scalp. Here are some natural treatments to get rid of dandruff.
Causes of dandruff
- If you tend to dry skin and scalp than you can get dandruff more often.
- People with very irritated oily skin are prone to dandruff.
- Build up of oil and dead skin cells can lead to dandruff.
- People with skin disorders tend to get dandruff much more frequently than other people.
- People with a weak immune system may have dandruff more often than other people.
- You can get dandruff if you don’t not consume enough foods that contain zinc, B vitamins, and some types of fats.
- Too much stress can cause dandruff.
- Skin cells that grow and die off too fast could be a problem. Exactly why that happens isn’t clear. A very common fungus called malassezia may contribute to dandruff. This fungus lives on the scalp of most healthy adults without causing any problems. One theory is that the immune system of someone with dandruff may overreact to that fungus. (Source: http://www.webmd.com)
How to get rid of dandruff?
There are some self-treatments you can do to get rid of dandruff. However, if nothing really helps please visit a doctor.
1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil acts as anti-fungal. It kills the bacteria that can cause the over production of the skin cells which creates dandruff. Furthermore, it has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to treat itchy scalp effectively.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo to get rid of dandruff.
Do you have lemon at home? Lemon helps break down fungus that is often the cause of dandruff outbreaks.
Use it as follows:
Massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and leave it for about 2 minutes. Then mix 1 teaspoon lemon with 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until you don’t need it anymore.
3. Baking Soda
Baking Soda helps to fight dandruff. It helps to wash off the oil and grease on your hair and leaves your hair clean. Many people who have over production of oil can benefit from baking soda.
Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a cupe of luke warm water. Mix everything and apply it onto your scalp. Massage gently and let it sit for more than 2-3 minutes. Rinse it off.
4. Cider Vinegar
Some people swear by apple cider vinegar as a drandruff treatment, as the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp.
Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spritz it on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let it sit for approx. 15 minutes. Wash your hair as usual. Repeat this process once or twice a week depending on the severity of dandruff.
5. Coconut Oil
Some people use coconut oil as a dandruff treatment. One advantage is that is smells nice.
Before washing your hair, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes or longer. Shampoo your hair as normal.
6. Aloe Vera Juice
The cooling effects of aloe vera will soothe the itch.
After shampooing your hair, mix 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil into 1 cup of Aloe Vera juice. Spray it into your scalp and leave it for few minutes. Don’t wash it out.
Salt is great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes. Use it before you shampoo.
Shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Gently massage the salt into your scalp for 2-3 minutes. Shampoo your hair afterwards. Repeat this once a week.
Are you eating the right foods to get rid of dandruff? Dandruff is also tied to what you choose to eat. You don’t have to change everything. However, if you eat a healthy diet, you will get of dandruff and grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body – inside and out. Read this blog post about “Foods for Hair Growth” to learn more.
I have learned that Aspirin contains the same active ingredient (salicylic acid) as many medicated dandruff shampoos.
Crush two aspirins to a fine powder and add it into a normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well. Continue with a conditioner.
These are only some natural treatments to get rid of dandruff. If you suffer or think you have dandruff, I hope you found this blog post helpful. Please keep in mind that this article does not provide any medical advices, diagnosis or treament.
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