How to treat chronic dandruff

Uprooting the Evil – How to treat chronic dandruff?

How to treat chronic dandruff
How to treat chronic dandruff

The most notorious problem faced by humans is dandruff, even though it’s not lethal, but it has extreme dangers to your self-confidence. I have witnessed people boycotting dark color clothes because of the advertisements aired on television, which states dandruff manifested on them is easily visible to the faraway eyes. It may be the case, but according to a survey, roughly more than 60% of the world population suffers from dandruff that is a minimum of 3 out of 5 people who have this syndrome. There is nothing to worry about what people might think? It is more likely that the other person is suffering from the same ordeal. Probability is that they might suggest you with one of the remedies to cure it, and for the same reason I am here. To tell you more about dandruff, what it is?, what are the causes? Signs and how to treat chronic dandruff.

What is Dandruff?

What is Dandruff
What is Dandruff

Dandruff is a common skin condition that transforms the skin of the scalp into fine white flakes. It is not dangerous or contagious, but as I already stated, it is a notorious skin condition as it is not easy to get rid of it, and if you do, it can come back anytime. There are three types of dandruff; mild, chronic, and severe. Mild and persistent dandruff can be controlled by following some of the most natural homemade remedies. Whereas if you have a severe dandruff case, you should consult a dermatologist so that he/she can prescribe you medicated shampoos and drugs to treat your skin condition accordingly. Before I begin to share the natural remedies for chronic dandruff, let us know what causes dandruff.

What Causes Dandruff?

Dandruff are those dry white flakes of the scalp that you see on your shoulder. Dry skin isn’t the only one to cause it, because one of the main reasons for dandruff is oily skin. So if you have dry skin or the oily one, it doesn’t matter; you can still suffer from dandruff.

Dry Skin

You can predict, dry skin is the most obvious reason for having dandruff. When the skin on the scalp dries, it forms those fine white flakes that we call dandruff. The only difference is that these are less oily than those which occur due to any other reason. Dry skin dandruff is a mild case of dandruff.

Oily Scalp (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

It might surprise you, but yes, oily scalp is the main reason for dandruff. Oily skin multiplies the cell growth, which accelerates the skin decay. Seborrheic Dermatitis is the skin condition that mostly occurs over the scalp, leading to oily-red skin with scaly patches and stubborn dandruff. Deficiency of vitamin B6 and B12 in diet is the reason behind it.

Malassezia

Malassezia is a genus of yeast-like fungi that cultivates on the skin surface of humans and many other animals. It facilitates varieties of skin conditions, which include dermatitis and dandruff.

A stubborn dandruff is an indication of underlying skin conditions, which is a severe issue. It would be best if you approached a dermatologist for consultation and immediate treatment.

Signs of Dandruff

The first sign of dandruff is the urge to scratch your head. It makes the scalp itchy. Dandruff can subside anywhere, but typically it appears as fine dry flakes on the scalp. Sometimes dandruff can accumulate on your shoulders or can get stuck in eyebrows. In the case of men, dandruff can occur in their beard and mustache too. 

Till now, we have talked about what is dandruff? What causes it? And signs of dandruff, now we should move on to the main event. How to treat chronic? But before that, I want to quote a saying that states that “prevention is better than cure.” So so first, let’s see if we can stop it from happening.

Tips to Prevent Dandruff

Tips to Prevent Dandruff
Tips to Prevent Dandruff
  • Use mild and sulfate-free shampoo. Most of the commercially available shampoos, disturbs the natural pH of the scalp and strip them away of their natural moisture. So avoid washing hairs very frequently.
  • Blow-dry your hair using cold air.
  • Avoid using hair products such as hairspray, hair gel, and wax.
  • The leading cause of dandruff is dry skin, so drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated and maintain the natural moisture of the skin and scalp.

Read on to know more about how to treat chronic dandruff.

Natural Ways to Treat Chronic Dandruff

Natural Ways to Treat Chronic Dandruff
Natural Ways to Treat Chronic Dandruff

Neem Oil

Neem Leaves
Neem Leaves

Neem extracts are well known to combat any fungal infections; their antifungal properties will reduce flaking of skin and irritation.

You Will Need

2-3 drops of neem oil

2-3 drops of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

Mix a couple of drops of coconut oil and neem oil.

Massage the mixture into your scalp.

Leave it on for 30-45 minutes.

Wash off thoroughly with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

2-3 times a week.

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Aloe-vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe-vera have high amounts of bioactive compounds that are useful to treat skin disorders. Aloe-vera extracts exhibit antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can help fight any fungal infection, including that causing dandruff.

You Will Need

Aloe-vera Gel

What You Have To Do

Take aloe vera gel in your palms.

Massage the aloe-vera gel into the scalp in circular motions with a light hand.

Ensuring the gel is appropriately applied to the scalp.

Wait for 1-2 hours.

How Often You Should Do This

At least two times a week.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is known to help in fighting with fungal infections that can cause Malassezia. Coconut oil, in turn, may reduce the occurrence of dandruff and flaky skin.

You Will Need

2 tbsp of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

Thoroughly massage your scalp with the coconut oil.

Leave it on for 30 mins to an hour before you wash it off with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

 You can repeat it three times in a week.

Onion Juice

Onion Juice
Onion Juice

Onion is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that can help us to cure dandruff. Application of onion juice can help eliminate the flaking of skin and reduce the occurrence of dandruff. 

You Will Need

Two onions.

What You Have To Do

Extract the onion juice by blending it in a blender.

Strain it out in a bowl.

Apply generously on your scalp.

Leave it on for 30-45 minutes.

Wash it off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Two times a week

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is a natural source of bioactive compounds that exhibit antifungal properties. This property can help combat Malassezia, a type of fungal yeast that causes dandruff.

You Will Need

2-3 drops of lemongrass oil

What You Have To Do

Take a few drops of lemongrass oil in your palm.

Massage the lemongrass oil generously into your scalp.

Wait for 5-10 mins then wash it off thoroughly with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus Oil

Low levels of ceramide are susceptible to dandruff. Eucalyptus oil have bioactive compounds that can increase the ceramide content of the scalp, thus eliminating dandruff.

You Will Need

Eucalyptus oil

Coconut oil

What You Have To Do

Mix a few drops of coconut oil with eucalyptus oil.

Apply this mixture to your scalp and leave it on for 30-45 minutes.

Wash off thoroughly with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

2-3 times a week

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These are a few of the well-known remedies to treat chronic dandruff. I hope they will satisfy your needs and help you in the long run. If dandruff still appears, approach your dermatologist.

We at Hauther welcome new ideas and suggestions, so if you have some other remedies, do share them with us if you know. Through our comment section.

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