Dandruff is a skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. Symptoms include flaking and sometimes mild itchiness. It can result in social or self-esteem problems. There are lots of medical and commercially available products that can help treat mild dandruff. However, serious cases of dandruff need specialized medicated shampoos or prescription drugs to treat an underlying skin disorder. Following measures and natural remedies can help you control the issue.
Soak 2-3 green tea bags in warm water and strain it after it cools down. Rinse your hair with this mixture and leave it in for about 10 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Green tea is rich in polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that exhibit an inhibitory effect on fungal infections. This may eliminate any infection that can give rise to dandruff. You can try this 2 times a week.
Tea Tree Oil
Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with sweet almond or jojoba oil. Dab a few drops of this mixture on a cotton pad and apply it to the scalp. Tea tree oil h antifungal properties. It can be used topically on your skin or scalp to mitigate any fungal infection that leads to flaky skin and dandruff. You can try this 3-4 times a week.
Massage some aloe vera gel into your scalp in circular motions, ensuring the gel is absorbed into the scalp. Wash it off after 1 hour. Aloe vera is a rich source of bioactive compounds that can be used to treat skin disorders. Extracts of aloe vera exhibit antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can help fight any fungal infection including that causing dandruff. You can apply the gel at least 2 times a week.
Peel and crush the garlic cloves. Add the crushed garlic to a heated saucepan with half cup olive oil. Heat the mixture for 5 minutes and strain. Allow it to cool down and apply it to your scalp. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes before rinsing with water. The primary bioactive constituents of garlic are ajoene and allicin. Their antifungal properties may help alleviate the fungal infection that can cause dandruff. You can apply this oil 2 times a week.
Mix 2-3 drops of neem oil with coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. Wash it off thoroughly with plain water. Been extracts are widely used to combat fungal infections. Their anti fungal properties may help reduce flaking of skin and irritation. You can try this 2-3 times a week.
If you feel that dandruff persists even after trying these remedies than you must consult your dermatologist to determine the underlying skin condition and treat it.
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