How annoying is it to put on your nice black sweater only to realize that after 10 minutes it’s covered in flaky white dots? Let’s learn a few things about that irritating appearance.
As the outer layer of the skin called epidermis constantly replaces itself, the dead skin cells that are pushed away start shedding from the scalp. Although many people don’t have this problem as their dead cells are too small to be spotted, for others it might be a living nightmare. The theory is that for people with this condition the skin cells mature and shed in 2-7 days, while for a person without dandruff that takes around a month. This results in shedding of bigger skin pieces that unfortunately are easily noted. The oil from the scalp doesn’t help either – it makes the cells clump together and appear even larger.
What actually causes dandruff? The source of the problem may be in the dry skin, improper shampooing and brushing habits or skin conditions such as psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and eczema. It may also be the result of stress and improper diet. It affects many people no matter age, sex, or ethnicity and it tends to deteriorate other skin imperfections such as dimples or acne.
Below are stated a few natural solutions for dandruff.
- Coconut oil
With direct application of coconut oil on the scalp, its antifungal characteristics will terminate the fungus that may cause dandruff. It will also help you get rid of any potential bacteria or viruses thanks to its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. There are many recipes on the Internet regarding its application. One of the commonest ways is to simply warm it up and apply it on the hair, from the root to the ends, using your fingers. Hold it like that for 5 minutes, put a shower cap and leave it so overnight. In the morning just wash it off with regular shampoo.
- Tea tree oil
This fungus fighter is rich in hydrocarbons called “terpenes” that are suitable for treating skin fungus, acne and many other skin enemies. It moisturizes the itchy scalp, while its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties represent the best remedy for all scalp problems. Choose the most suitable way of application for yourself among many that can be found online.
- Olive oil
Olive oil is a superstar considering its wonderful benefits for the skin. Simply warm it up and massage it into the scalp. After 30 minutes wash it off with a shampoo. It’s recommended to let the hair dry naturally as the blow-dryer also dries up the scalp which contributes to dandruff developing.
Ok, now we know some ways for fighting dandruff, but the truth is, we’ve just scratched the surface. When it comes to this matter, there’s a bunch of natural solutions that may be of help, like lemon, garlic, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, aloe vera or even salt. If you’d still prefer using a verified product, here are a few we recommend: La Roche-Posay Kerium DS ANTI-DANDRUFF Intensive Shampoo, Vichy Dercos Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair, BIOXSINE (Biota) Shampoo - Anti-Dandruff, etc.