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Dandruff - Home Remedies To Cure Dandruff

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that occurs when dead skin is shed, producing irritating white flakes. It is usually a condition of oily, rather than dry, skin, and occurs as skin cells renew themselves and the old cells are shed. Some people tend to generate and discard skin cells at a faster rate than others. Recent research shows that severe cases of flaking scalp, usually associated with seborrhea (a type of dermatitis), may be caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Pityrosporum ovale, which lives naturally on the skin.

Dandruff can be triggered by trauma, illness, hormonal imbalances, improper carbohydrate consumption, and the consumption of sugar. Deficiencies of nutrients such as the B-complex vitamins, essential fatty acids, and selenium have been linked to dandruff as well. Dandruff is normally worse in the winter months. Dandruff is an annoying and embarrassing problem, but is rarely serious. There is no cure for dandruff, but the condition can be minimized

Causes of dandruff

Causes of dandruff are due to food allergies; allergies to hair care products; a combination of cold weather, low humidity and dry indoor heat; infrequent shampooing; and that standby root of most health problems - stress. However dandruff cannot be associated with dry skin. Dandruff can actually cause due to overproduction in the scalp's oil glands and people with oilier scalp are more likely to have this disorder.

Dandruff symptoms

  • Flakes of skin that range from small and white to large, greasy, and yellow.
  • Itchy flaking that appears on the scalp or eyebrows, or around the hairline, ears, or nose.

Vitamins and nutrients to cure dandruff

Suggested dosage
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 3,000-6,000 mg daily
in divided doses.
An important antioxidant to prevent tissue damage to the scalp and to aid in healing.
Zinc lozenges 115-mg lozenge 5 times daily for 1 week. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Protein metabolism depends on zinc. The skin is composed primarily of protein.
L-Cystine 500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Needed for flexibility of the skin and for hair texture.
Selenium 200 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. An important antioxidant to aid in controlling dry scalp.

Natural home remedies to cure dandruff

  • Mix 8 tbsp. peanut oil with the juice of half a lemon. Rub the mixture into your hair, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash as usual. Helps to get rid of dandruff.
  • An infusion of chaparral or thyme may be used as a hair rinse.
  • Massage the scalp with almond oil. Dip a towel in boiling water and wrap it around the hair. Repeat it thrice or four times when the towel gets cold. Helps to get rid of dandruff.
  • Try a shampoo with selenium sulfide or salicylic acid.
  • Mix 1 teaspoons lemon juice with 2 teaspoons vinegar and massage on the scalp. Wash your hair with an egg shampoo. This is the best home remedy for dandruff treatment.
Considerations and prevention tips
  • Nizoral A-D is an anti fungal dandruff shampoo.
  • Before washing your hair, add about 8 tablespoons of pure organic peanut oil to the juice of half a lemon and rub the mixture into your scalp. Leave it on for five to ten minutes, then shampoo.
  • Some people have found that sun exposure helps clear up dandruff, but others find that it seems to make the problem worse.
  • Avoid fried foods, dairy products, sugar, flour, chocolate, nuts, and seafood.
  • Whatever method of treatment you choose to follow, it is important to be persistent. All methods of treatment take time. When you discover which treatment is right for you, be sure to follow through with recommendations.

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