Homemade Treatments for Dandruff
It may be winter outside, but are the white flakes on your shoulders not actual snow? Those unsightly flakes could very well be dandruff. In addition to the flakiness that can be quite visible, it can also cause the scalp to become itchy and irritated.
What are a few of the causes of dandruff?
So you have started to see some of those telltale flakes on your shoulders. But let’s take a look at the different possible causes since they all require different treatments to help control the symptoms of dandruff.
• Dry skin – Yes, dandruff can be caused by just simple dry skin. These flakes will be smaller and less oily than the flakes from some of the other causes.
• Contact dermatitis – This condition can result in dandruff when sensitivities to certain products or ingredients cause itchiness, irritation, or flaking.
• Eczema – If you experience this particular skin disorder elsewhere on your body, it can also appear on your scalp.
• Psoriasis – This skin condition can cause a buildup of dead skin cells and can occur on the scalp.
• Seborrheic dermatitis – This particular type is one of the most common causes. It is characterized by red and greasy skin in combination with white or yellow flakes.
What are some home made simple changes that can make a difference?
You do not have to spend a lot on fancy and expensive treatments. Here are just a few suggestions for treatments you can do at home with things that you either already have at home or can easily find at most local stores.
• Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is commonly regarded as one of the most potent natural antiseptics so add just a few drops to your regular shampoo.
• White vinegar – Combine three parts water to one part white vinegar and use as a rinse following your normal shampoo. The antibacterial properties can help reduce the symptoms of dandruff.
• Aloe vera – You can use either aloe vera juice or the gel form to heal dry skin and to help fight bacteria, both of which can be causes of the flakiness.
• Baking soda – Massaging baking soda into the scalp before shampooing can minimize some of the fungi that can cause dandruff. You can also mixitin with your normal shampoo.
So with just a few small changes to your regimen, trade in those flakes on your shoulders and enjoy the snowflakes of winter!