Natural ways to fight dandruff. Dandruff is a skin condition of the scalp that is relatively easy to spot. Telltale flakes can be seen on shoulders, and are especially noticeable on dark clothing.
Natural ways to fight dandruff
This is an issue I know I have an issue with. I will have to check these out and see if they help. My dermatologist gave me a prescription shampoo. She mentioned some natural ways, one of them is tea tree oil and coconut oil. I know someone who has this issue too, however, they can get a special shot regularly that will hep them out. I asked my Dermatologist about that, mine is not the type treatable with the shot.
What is Dandruff?
According to WikiPedia, Dandruff can have several causes, including dry skin, seborrhoeic dermatitis, not cleaning/scrubbing often enough, shampooing too often, psoriasis, eczema, sensitivity to hair care products, or a yeast-like fungus. Dry skin is the most common cause of flaking.
These three type list can be found on Perfect Locks website where they go over each one of these.
- Fungal Growth (Type 1)
- Dry Scalp (Type 2)
- Product Buildup (Type 3)
Dandruff can be embarrassing and sufferers may try various methods to alleviate the symptoms. While relatively harmless, it can cause itching and irritation. The Mayo Clinic says the condition may worsen during the fall and winter when indoor heating can dry out the skin. Leading causes of dandruff include irritated, oily skin that forms flaky white or yellow scales. Failing to shampoo enough may contribute to the buildup of oils and skin cells, which also can cause dandruff. A yeast-like fungus known as malassezia lives on the scalps of many adults, and when it is overproduced, can cause more skin cells to grow, resulting in dandruff. Dry skin and skin sensitivity also may contribute to dandruff.
To See A Doctor or Not See A Doctor
Dandruff typically does not require the care of a doctor. Many over-the-counter shampoos and products designed to alleviate flaking are readily available. Many dandruff products contain coal tar to lessen symptoms, offers the American Academy of Dermatology. I am not a doctor, you still may want to consult your doctor before trying any treatment, including these Natural Remedies.
People who suspect they have dandruff should speak with a doctor just to rule out dandruff as a symptom of something more serious. After such discussions, those concerned about over-the-counter treatments may want to try these natural remedies. Often, you might get a referral to a Dermatologist.
- Lemon juice: Massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into the scalp and rinse with water.
- Apple cider vinegar: Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle. Spritz on the scalp and wrap your head with a towel. Allow to penetrate for up to an hour before washing hair as usual.
- Tea tree oil: Add some tea tree oil to a favorite shampoo and wash normally.
- Aspirin: Crush two aspirins into a fine powder and add it to your shampoo. Leave the mixture on for one to two minutes and rinse well.
- Olive oil or coconut oil: These oils, massaged into the scalp and left to sit. Shampoo normally afterward. Even use Shampoos that contain coconut oil or olive oil.
Any other natural remedies?
Are there any other natural remedies? If so, please feel free to share in the comments below.
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