Sometimes the oil on your scalp causes the skin cells to make cluster and appear as white cells and that’s what we call dandruff. It is also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii and the exact cause of it is still unknown. When you get dandruff white flakes of skin start to appear and it often comes together with annoying itching of scalp.
There can various causes of dandruff like too much dry skin or even oily skin. Dandruff may also spread to other parts of your skin like back side of ears, eyebrows, sides of nose and the breast bone. This type of dandruff is called Seborrheic dermatitis which is caused by oily skin and is accompanied by itching scalp. It is like Malassezia which is a fungus. This fungus lives on everyone’s scalp and feeds on the oils secreted by our hair follicles. When it grows on your head beyond limit, it can be very dangerous.
Mental stress, HIV, diet, some illnesses, not enough shampooing and hair brushing and reaction by a certain beauty product can be a cause of dandruff.
There are various proposed medical treatments for dandruff but here in this article we are going to highlight some easy and effective remedies of dandruff.
- Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be helpful cure for dandruff like Aloe Vera plant. Although excess oil can be a root cause of dandruff but there are a few types of oils that can help you get rid of it. The natives of Australia picked up the leaves of this plant and they have been utilizing it for various benefits like cuts, burns, bee bites and so on for centuries. It can be applied on the infected area and works very well for dandruff’s cure.
To prepare it to apply on your skin all you need to take a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of tea tree oil and container or a bottle to pour the mixture after its preparation. For preparation pour one tablespoon of tea tree oil and a cup of warm water in a bottle and shake well. After shampooing, apply it on your scalp and spread it with the tips of your hand on the whole dandruff infected area. Remove the excess moisture caused by applying this solution.
- Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel is known for its various benefits with one of them being the best cure for dandruff. When dandruff starts appearing on your skin and your dead skin cells start shedding, Aloe Vera gel is the best cure for the problem. Aloe Vera can make your scalp more healthier by promoting the growth of new cells and making them grow further as it contains pectin and polysaccharides.
It acts as a scalp moisturizer and soothes the skin by removing all dead cells. It also acts as a cleanser to remove flakes of dandruff. It reduces itching due to its antiseptic properties. Its natural anti-fungal property does not let fungus and yeast grow on your head. Glycoproteins an anti-inflammatory compound found in Aloe Vera which helps to reduce the itching sensation. It has also got the anti-bacterial action. It helps in hair recovery and regeneration by its capillary action.
Salt is also one of the well known remedies for dandruff, especially when your skin causes itching sensation along with dandruff. Crystals of salt can act as natural exfoliator. They remove all white flakes and dead skin cells. By rubbing crystals of salt on your skin you will feel more pleasant and will notice reduction in dandruff.
You can use any salt available and home which is usually a part of our food recipe or if you happen to have Epsom salt it works even better than that. On a slight wet scalp, scrub with almost 2-3 tablespoons of salt and shampoo, then risen gently afterwards. You will notice an obvious reduction in dandruff and itching by trying this remedy.
Utilizing lemons for a dandruff remedy will always keep dandruff and itching of scalp away. The acidic property of lemon helps to keep the PH of the scalp balanced. This remedy can help you get 100% rid of dandruff.
All you need is to take 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, add them in a cup of water, stir it and risen your head with it. Repeating this process for two to three times will make your dandruff disappear completely.
Crushing the capsules of Aspirin and adding them to your shampoo will help you get rid of dandruff to a greater extent. Medical shampoos are prepared for cure of dandruff and they contain in them the salicylic acid which works a remedy for dandruff. Salicylate is present in Aspirin which is an active ingredient and works best for dandruff and itchy scalp.
It can be used by crushing the capsules of aspirin and put it in a cupful of shampoo. Adjust the quantity of aspirin powder according to the quantity of shampoo. Stir the mixture and wash your head with it. It works very effective and the result would be a dandruff free scalp.
- Healthy Eating
Although dandruff is mostly considered to be a bacterial or fungal infection which is caused by the dryness or oily skin and it has been believed that it has nothing to do with your healthy diet. It is a false concept as certain foods are known to be a cause of sin dryness and resulting into dandruff and dryness infections on various parts of body. One of those foods being Almond, eating excess of this dry fruit will cause dandruff to appear quickly on your scalp.
Adding fish oil, vegetables and more protein to your diet will help you get rid of dandruff.
- Exposure To Sun
Spending more time in sun can help you reduce the severity of dandruff. Sunlight is good for your skin as it is a source of vitamin D. It removes excess oils from your skin which are responsible for causing dandruff.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is very famous and well known for home remedies. It helps greatly in getting rid from dandruff as it acts as a cleanser and exfoliator. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal action does not let dandruff to spread on your scalp. Futhmore, it also helps in removal of dead skin.
Honey can be helpful for dandruff’s cure in the form of honey mask which can be prepared by adding lemon juice, organic yoghurt and crude honey. Add these all three ingredients in a bowl by taking measured quantities of each and stir to make a homogeneous solution. Apply on your scalp before shampooing for some time until the mask dries. Risen and shampoo after that.
The reason behind honey being such an effective dandruff remedy is that it has got anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and PH balancing properties.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple Cider Vinegar is also very effective for dandruff and helps to maintain a dandruff free scalp. All you need is to mix ¼ cup of ACV in 2 tablespoons of water and put it in a spray bottle. When you go for shower, spray it onto your head and massage gently so that it goes deep inside your scalp. Repeat the treatment weekly for best results.