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It is embarrassing, annoying and sometimes uncomfortable. Those unsightly white flakes
of dandruff that fall onto the shoulders of your dark clothing may send you straight
into panic mode, but this scalp complaint is generally harmless and far more common
than you think.
Many people may experience a certain degree of dandruff (Pityriasis Capitis) in their
lifetime, from infancy (cradle cap) to old age, although it is most prevalent in
teenagers and men.
The severity of dandruff varies from person to person, with some only having barely
noticeable flaking that appear along the scalp, and others having more persistent
and severe condition – seborrheic dermatitis – that causes greasy bran-like scale.
The exact cause behind dandruff is unknown, however, a number of factors have been
associated with an increased risk of developing this non-contagious skin disorder.
They include hormones, stress, seasonal changes, and excessive use of hair coloring
products. Some medications like Rogainea (minoxidil) can also induce dandruff or
make existing dandruff worse.
In addition, some hair care experts believe the overpopulation of yeast fungus –
Pityrosporum ovale (or simply P. ovale) – leads to dandruff formation while others
blame the dermatological condition on candida yeast.
And, contrary to widespread belief, people with oily scalp tend to be more susceptible
to dandruff than those with dry scalp. Further, dandruff won’t cause baldness and
it is not caused by poor personal hygiene.
Fighting dandruff is no walk in the park, and can become even more frustrating when
there are loads of natural dandruff cures floating around the web that claimed to
work miracles but failed to address the problem effectively. So what are the best
ways to stop dandruff and keep it from coming back? Here you can find some tried
and tested natural home treatments that have greatly helped me in my battle against
Stop Dandruff Home Treatments
Olive Oil Dandruff Cure
Olive oil therapy is a popular and simple dandruff home remedy that helps control
mild-to-moderate dandruff symptoms. It involves the use of heated olive oil to moisturize
flaky scalp, and keep the scalp and hair in top condition .
Heat abour ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil in the microwave for 30 seconds or until
it is warm to the touch. Gently massage the lukewarm oil onto your scalp, and wrap
a towel over your head (optional). Then leave it to work for 20-30 minutes, or longer.
You can use coconut oil in place of olive oil.
Comb your locks with a natural bristle hairbrush to loosen dandruff scales, and then
rinse with a mixture of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Finally, wash off with
a good quality shampoo. Both lemon and vinegar have acidic properties that deep cleanse
scalp and hair shaft so that the follicles can “breathe” and better absorb essential
nutrients required to avoid getting dandruff.
Apple Cider Vinger Treatment for Dandruff
If you find olive oil a bit messy and sticky, then use this vingear dandruff remedy
comes in really handy. Vinegar helps control dandruff because of its ability to kill
the yeast that causes dandruff, and also help break down sebum, which feeds the yeast.
Simply mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 6 teaspoons of water, and apply the solution
on your scalp before going to bed.
Apply the same mixture in the morning before washing it off with a gentle shampoo
like baby shampoo. If you want to take a step further, put a few drops of tea tree
oil on your palms and lighlty rub it into your hair, and let it dry naturally. Try
Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Oil.
Very importantly, remember not to scratch your scalp with your fingernails as it
could cause an infection. To treat severe dandruff, use apple cider vinegar in its
undiluted form. I use Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Fresh mint leaves (crushed)
may also be added.
Fenugreek Seeds Dandruff Remedy
The natural antimicrobial effects of fenugreek seeds make them highly effective as
a natural dandruff treatment.
Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight in water and ground into
a fine paste in the morning.
Now, apply this paste on your scalp and leave on for about an hour before washing
it off. The paste not only helps clear away dandruff but will also moisturize scalp
for healthy hair growth.
Alternatively, mix powdered fenugreek seeds with honey, in a glass of milk and drink
it twice a day. It is believed that this dandruff treatment helps by working from
The above natural home remedies are generally recommended to treat mild to moderate
cases of flaking, and they tend to work much better if you are careful with what
you eat. That means avoiding foods that cause dandruff and adding certain nutrients
in your diet to cure itchy flaky scalp from the inside out so that the embarrassing
hair woe won’t come back again.
Let’s start off with some examples of foods that may contribute to your dandruff
problem, causing scalp to itch and flake.
We all know that consuming too much simple sugars can quickly lead to unwanted weight
gain, but this sweet stuff also spells bad news for the scalp, and can actually worsen
dandruff in some people. This is because dandruff is thought to be the result of
a candida yeast infection of the scalp, and sugary foods (as well as foods that contain
yeast) – cookies, cakes, pastries, beer and wine – are said to support the growth
of yeast. So the more sugar (and/or yeast) you eat, the more it will grow, and the
higher your risk of having dandruff.
That’s not the end of the story. A diet that has high amounts of sugar in it can
also deplete your body of all the B Vitamins, which play a powerful role in dandruff
prevention. In addition, the levels of antioxidant Vitamins C and E needed for healthy
scalp are also negatively affected due to increased sugar consumption.
If you have a poor diet with a lot of saturated and trans fats – red meat, bacon,
stick margarine and chips – then it’s also a good idea to cut back as fat-laden foods
may be responsible for excess sebum production, which is turn triggers dandruff.
The other important thing to keep in mind when it comes to anti-dandruff diet is
to eliminate food allergens if you think you have food sensitivities, such as allergy
to dairy products or wheat. Chocolate, nuts, shellfish and citrus fruits like orange
as well as grapefruit can set off dandruff and itching in some people.
Remove the suspected foods for somewhere between 2 to 4 weeks, and see if dandruff
has cleared up during the elimination diet. Then reintroduce the foods back into
your diet, one at a time, and see whether flaking returns after you start eating
them again. Alteratively, have an food allergy test done at the doctor’s office for
a small fee.
Now, what are some foods that are known to reduce dandruff and improve flaky scalp?
First, make sure to up your zinc intake since the mineral has been shown clincially
to control sebum prodution. Overproduction of sebum on your scalp may bring on dandruff
because an oily scalp is the ideal environment for the danadruff-causing fungus –
Malassezia (previously called Pityrosporum ovale) – to grow and thrive. That explains
why washing away excess hair oils is one of the quickest way and the most basic step
to control itchy white flakes of dandruff.
Moreover, a lack of dietary zinc can show up as dry brittle hair prone to split ends,
and even hair loss.
You can find naturally-occurring zinc in both plant (lima beans, chick peas, and
pumpkin seeds) and animal (oysters and red meat) food sources although animal-based
foods are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
Try adding garlic, onions, leeks, shallots and chives to your anti-dandruff diet.
The reason for this is they contain allicin, which is a potent antibacterial and
antifungal agent and therefore, will help treat and prevent dandruff.
According to experts from Penn State University, indaequate levels of Vitamins B6
(pyridoxine) and B12 (cobalamin) in the body can result in a variety of hair problems
like dandruff, scaling scalp and hair loss. So include reasonable amounts of salmon
and sardines along with goat’s milk, crimini mushrooms, and spinach.
Getting enough omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis may also help to keep your scalp
dandruff-free, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties that fight off dry conditions
which can cause dandruff.
Cold water oily fish, such as mackerel, lake trout, tuna and herring are abundant
in omega-3s, or consider supplementing your diet with fish oil or krill oil capsules.
If you are struggling with severe dandruff, seek qualified medical advice on how
to control your dandruff situation long term. Your doctor may recommend prescription-strength
shampoos containing selenium, ketoconazole, or corticosteroids for very stubborn
cases of dandruff.
Take note that chronic flaking can signal a more serious condition, such as psoriasis,
or fungal infections.