- 1 Don’t: Scratch -and-Itch Cycle
- 2 Do: Take a Probiotic
- 3 Do: Use anti-dandruff formula or activated charcoal
- 4 Do: Note your Dandruff increase and Cycle
- 5 Don’t: Overuse Antidandruff Shampoos (tar-based shampoos)
- 6 Do: Try Tea Tree Oil
- 7 Do: Rinse Hair in Apple Cider Vinegar
- 8 Don’t: Use beer or styling agents
- 9 Round-Up
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Suffering from dandruff can be pretty embarrassing. Excessive dandruff can make getting a simple haircut an anxious task and wearing black a “No, No.” If you suffer from dandruff, you are not alone. According to Everyday Health, 1 of 3 American adults suffers from Dandruff. So, if you are just itching to get to the root of the problem, try these approaches to stop being flaky.
Note: Before trying any new product on your skin you must first test for an allergic reaction. First, place a few drops on a small patch of skin and watch for any signs of irritation for 24 hours.
Don’t: Scratch -and-Itch Cycle
With our busy lives, it’s easy to ignore some flakes. But you can easily fall into the scratch and itch cycle. Dandruff scaling can build up on your scalp which can lead to itching. The itching will cause you to scratch and scratch the scaling. Excessive scratching can further irritate an already irritated scalp.
Do: Take a Probiotic
A study published in Dermatology News showed that taking a daily Probiotic reduced dandruff caused by Malassezia yeast. According to Wikipedia, Malassezia yeast is a fungus naturally found on animals and humans. Probiotics helped reduce yeasts counts over a steady period. Remember, a healthy gut and atopic dermatitis go hand in hand.
Do: Use anti-dandruff formula or activated charcoal
Lather up with an anti-dandruff formula like head and shoulders or use activated charcoal as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment or mix it with your regular shampoo. Activated charcoal relieves dandruff, redness, itchy and oily scalp by pulling toxins out and purifying the skin.
Do: Note your Dandruff increase and Cycle
So us ladies are in a constant state of hormonal flux. With estrogen levels high near the end and after your cycle, your skin is great and oil production is down. This can lead to dry scalp. So deep condition at this time.
At Ovulation time, oil production increase and can lead to Dandruff. Take note of when your dandruff flare-ups. It could be due to your cycle. This way, you will be able to know when to introduce strategies to decrease your dandruff.
Don’t: Overuse Antidandruff Shampoos (tar-based shampoos)
Antidandruff shampoos can get rid of dandruff but if used every day it can wreck your luscious locks. Antidandruff shampoos are harsh and are not meant for everyday use. It’s best to alternate with a regular shampoo.
Do: Try Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that fight the fungus which causes dandruff. You can put tea tree oil directly in your hair and leave it on for a 10 -15 minutes (capped). Or you can purchase tea tree oil shampoo or conditioner products. Some popular brands are:
Do: Rinse Hair in Apple Cider Vinegar
Much like Tea Tree Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Rinsing your hair in diluted AVC will not only remove residue or product buildup in your hair but dandruff too. Do this about twice a week because too much AVC use will strip your hair.
I have also started drinking AVC to help me relieve premenopausal joint pain and I’ve noticed a clear difference in pain and my dandruff has decreased.
Don’t: Use beer or styling agents
Beer is a popular hair rinse agent. It does make your hair beautiful and luscious looking but it can also dry out your scalp. A dry scalp can lead to dandruff.
Dandruff is a chronic skin condition that needs constant attention. Like all things, your body will adjust to interventions you put in place to relieve the flaky condition. If one intervention stops working, switch to another one to help relieve your dandruff symptoms. It’s a downer but stay on top of it!
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