Learn how to combat dandruff the natural way.
Summer is basically here, which means we want to get outside more, take on more activities, and be more social. Nothing kills that vibe quite like dandruff however, because flakes of dead skin on your shoulders is always a bit embarrassing.
Dandruff effects up to 50% of people, and can have many different causes, from dry skin, to seborrheic dermatitis, fungus, or even sensitivity to certain hair products. Symptoms of dandruff include greasy patches on the scalp, itching, flakiness, and tingling skin.
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Nobody likes dandruff. Nobody wants it. There are plenty of over the counter remedies to fight it, but we don’t all love to slather our scalps in chemicals. So if you suffer from dandruff, and want a more natural way to deal with it, try one of these six natural remedies. And report back!
Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil seems like a cure-all for almost anything, but it works especially well with dandruff, because it is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. If your dandruff is caused by fungus, tea tree oil is definitely worth a try, but keep in mind that it can also irritate super-sensitive skin. You can dilute it with coconut oil to help lessen the strength.
Coconut oil. If your dandruff is caused by dry skin, coconut oil might be a good option for you, as it naturally hydrates the skin. Some studies have shown that it can effectively treat eczema, which can be a cause of dandruff.
Aloe Vera. Aloe is generally used to treat burns, psoriasis, and cold sores, but it can also be used to treat the particular fungus that causes dandruff. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is thought to be a good remedy for dandruff because the acid in the vinegar helps stimulate the shedding of dead skin cells. ACV also helps balance the pH of your skin, so it can help prevent the growth of fungus.
Omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in fatty fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts) help manage oil production and hydration in the skin. A deficiency of omega-3s can actually cause dandruff, so a supplement should probably be one of the first things you try.
Stress. This last one is a little tricky, but stress has been proven to weaken your immune system, and can aggravate symptoms of dandruff like dryness and itching. A weak immune system is less likely to be able to fight off the types of fungus that can cause dandruff, so you should combine any anti-dandruff regimen with yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, or whatever form of stress relief works for you.