There is no denying that almost everyone suffers from an itchy scalp at least once in their lifetime. Dandruff, the main culprit of this itchiness is the result of either a dry scalp or Seborrheic Dermatitis, a skin condition that makes the skin oily and scaly. Other causes of dandruff could include psoriasis, eczema, or very commonly, the extra growth of a fungus called Malassezia.
Typical remedies for dandruff include zinc pyrithione, and ketoconazole, two of the main ingredients incorporated in anti-dandruff shampoos. Both have anti-fungal properties and fight off bacteria and fungus. They slow the growth of skin cells on the scalp and loosen the flakes so they can easily be washed away.
Although these are the most common ways of eliminating dandruff, there are many other natural remedies out there that you could use to get rid of dandruff.
Aspirin – Salicylic acid, which is a key component in many anti-dandruff shampoos, is also present in Aspirin. Aspirin is also a common household medicine so you could easily get two tablets, crush them, and mix them with an amount of shampoo you normally use to wash your hair. Not only will this keep flaking in check, but it will also reduce the overall amount of dandruff on your scalp.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is great for getting rid of dandruff. You can add a few drops of this wonder oil to your regular shampoo and wash away. You will notice the difference immediately.
Baking Soda – Baking soda is an essential kitchen commodity and can end up being the answer to all your prayers. All you need to do is grab a handful of this stuff and rub it right onto your scalp. Then rinse your hair and watch the magic happen. The baking soda may dry your hair out at first, but over time, you will start to notice that your hairs are getting softer and flake free.
Apple Cider Vinegar – The acidity of the vinegar is supposed to change the pH level of your scalp, making it difficult for yeast to grow. Mix one part water with one part apple cider vinegar and spray it onto your scalp. Wrap your head with a towel for 15 minutes and then wash. You can do this up to twice a week. Many doctors swear by it!
Mouthwash – If you have a severe dandruff problem, you could try washing your hair regularly then rinsing it with your favorite alcohol-based mouthwash. You can then use your conditioner. The anti-fungal properties in mouthwashes are known to stop dandruff causing yeast from growing.
Lemon – Lemon could do the trick and help you get rid of dandruff too. Rub two tablespoons of lemon juice on to your scalp and rinse with water afterwards. Then mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of lemon juice and rinse your hair with it again. Repeat this entire process daily until you see your dandruff disappear. The acidity of lemon helps to balance the pH levels, which helps reduce dandruff.
You can adopt any of these easy and affordable dandruff remedies to tackle your dandruff issues and help keep the itchiness at bay.
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