3 Natural Dandruff Solutions
Dandruff can be bothersome, even embarrassing, and can affect almost anyone. In fact, some amount of flaking (though not enough to be perceptible) is normal, since the scalp constantly sheds dead skin cells. But certain people are more likely to develop noticeable flakes. Dandruff is more common in men than in women, and it's more likely to appear during young adulthood through middle age. Having oily hair also puts you at risk (here are 15 home remedies for oily hair).
Most problematic dandruff results from a chronic inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which is associated with high production of sebum, the oily substance that protects the skin. Areas rich in oil glands like the scalp, face, and torso are most frequently affected by seborrheic dermatitis, and the condition—which causes red, oily, itchy skin marked with yellow or white flakes—tends to run in families.
Seborrheic dermatitis seems to be triggered by an inflammatory reaction to a specific type of yeast (Malassezia) that's normally present on the skin. The reaction may flare up as a result of stress, fatigue, or the use of lotions containing alcohol. While frequent shampooing can help control dandruff by washing away visible flakes, dandruff is not the result of poor grooming habits.
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Much of the underlying physiology of dandruff is not completely understood. Confusingly, while an excess of oil production is responsible for seborrheic dermatitis and the resulting flakes, dandruff may also less commonly result from a dry scalp. In this case, a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner may be enough to keep flakes under control. (Bet you didn't know these 5 facts about your dandruff.)
The first line of treatment for dandruff related to seborrheic dermatitis includes the use of OTC shampoos that contain zinc or selenium, which appear to have antifungal properties, or salicylic acid, which is anti-inflammatory. Look for nondrying products to prevent your hair from becoming brittle. Follow the instructions on the bottle; some require leaving the shampoo in for several minutes.
I recommend that people with seborrheic dermatitis or an oily scalp take a supplement with gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, an essential fatty acid hard to come by in the diet. GLA, sold at health food stores in the form of evening primrose oil and black currant oil, promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails. I suggest taking 500 mg of black currant oil twice a day for inflammatory skin conditions. It typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for changes to appear; after that, you can cut the dose in half. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseed, sardines, and wild Alaskan salmon, may also help control flaking.
Here are 3 natural ways to treat dandruff:
1. Rub in lemon juice. Massage 2 Tbsp into your scalp, then rinse with water.
2. Get some sun. Ultraviolet light (in skin-safe doses) can minimize flakes.
3. Try tea tree oil. Add a few drops to your regular shampoo.
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