Like any other body portion skin, our scalp also sheds dead skin cells. Dandruff occurs when this shedding of the skin speeds up in the scalp. Dandruff flakes are in fact dead skin cells from the scalp. A 2016 research study found a relationship between the presence of certain scalp bacteria type and dandruff.
Dandruff may also be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could also be caused by certain conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia.
The faster the scalp sheds the dead skin cells, the more is the dandruff in the hair and scalp. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers do not know completely about the dandruff causes. However, there are certain factors that are considered to be responsible for dandruff and can increase or decrease the rate at which the skin sheds the dead cells in the scalp which results in dandruff.
Based on our knowledge about these factors, there are certain ways to get rid of the dandruff. These are discussed herein. Is dandruff hereditary?
Treatment and management of dandruff
There is no cure for dandruff. However, there are some products to help manage the dad skin flakes and control the bacterial growth that causes them or speed up the shedding of dead skin cell in the scalp. You can try using certain shampoos that your doctors recommend. These products may help improve the scalp condition and get rid of the flakes causing dandruff. If these shampoos do not work after a month or so, you should consult your dermatologist to find out something that is better for you and also understand if your condition involves something serious.
Here are some ways you can try to manage and get rid of the dandruff:
Tea tree oil
A study found that shampoos with just 5 percent tea tree oil can improve the severity of dandruff. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo when you wash your hair.
Baking soda that you use every day can be an effective dandruff remedy. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda into the scalp. Rinse it well without applying the shampoo. Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can be a reason for your dandruff. Your hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, making your hair softer and free of dandruff flakes.
Before washing with shampoo, massage your scalp with 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil and let it stay like that for about an hour. After this, shampoo the hair and scalp well normally. You can also use a shampoo that already contains coconut oil instead of applying the coconut oil separately.
Dandruff can be managed with lemons because they have lots of benefits for hair and skin. Massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse it well with water. Then stir some lemon juice into a cup water and rinse your hair with it well. Repeat this daily for a few days and you will notice dandruff disappears after some time. This is because lemen is acidic in nature, and its acidity helps balance the pH of the scalp, which helps keep the dandruff away.
Aloe vera is much more faster as an itch or dandruff-fighter. Massag your scalp with aloe vera before shampooing. The cooling effects of aloe vera will soothe the itch. Aloe vera can help you get rid of the itchiness of the scalp due to dandruff or some other causes.
Soak your scalp with olive oil overnight for dandruff treatment. Massage about 10 drops of the oil into your scalp and cover it with a cap overnight. Use your normal shampoo in the morning. You can also try a shampoo that already contains olive oil.
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