If you’ve ever been pestered or plagued by that embarrassing “dust” on your shoulder or “snowstorm” brought on by brushing and combing your hair, this article is for you.
Dandruff is a common occurrence that most people have experienced at some point in their lives. Not even babies are exempt. Here are some ways you can get rid of those flakes.
What Causes Dandruff?
Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is often brought on by excessively oily scalps rather than dry scalps. Excessively dry scalps can also lead to dandruff. In addition, certain medical conditions (like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis), pH imbalances and even inadequate or improper nutrition may cause scalp flakiness.
How Do You Get Rid Of It?
The problem with dandruff is that it tends to pop up again and again. You may get rid of the condition this month and then a few months later have to contend with it again. It’s probably because the surface of the skin is always changing and being exposed to new things.
As a preventative measure, then, you should do as much as you know to do and what works for you to fight dandruff, and if it comes back, try again. Here’s my list of prevention measures that I hope will work for you:
- Anti-dandruff shampoos are designed to medically treat the scalp, restore the proper pH and wash away excess oils. Popular brands include Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue. These products often contain ingredients like selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, coal tar and ketoconazole, which fight fungi, bacteria, head lice, yeasts and dead cell accumulation.
- Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish and nuts have natural oils in them that keep the body and scalp properly lubricated without overdoing it. When you treat the body from the inside out, you won’t have to apply oils and moisturizers so much from the outside to eliminate dandruff.
- Drinking plenty of water can keep your skin and body hydrated, which eradicates dry skin and reduces the likelihood of flaky dandruff.
- Washing your hair with tea tree oil shampoo and treating your scalp with tea tree oil will soothe an itchy scalp and minimize flakiness.
- Other substances you can wash or treat the hair with include lemon juice (used in rinsing), vinegar (used in rinsing), yogurt (used in place of a conditioner), coconut oil (used after shampooing for rinsing), honey (used as a conditioner) and cedar wood oil (used just prior to shampooing).
- You should wash the hair more often than not – either everyday or every other day with medicated shampoos or other treatments until the problem subsides.
- Applying baby oil to the scalp and leaving it in overnight is another common treatment, followed by regular shampooing the next morning.