Although the exact cause of dandruff is unknown, it is currently thought that one of the leading causes is a breakdown of the scalp’s natural lipid barrier, leaving it more vulnerable to infection by the microscopic yeast commonly found in the scalp. When yeast overgrows, it triggers an inflammatory response that rapidly kills scalp cells, causing them to slough off in sticky patches and flakes.
The condition is distinguished by:
– White or clear flakes on the scalp, hair, and clothing.
– An itchy, red, and inflamed scalp.
Because their hygiene habits haven’t changed to meet the challenges of newly accelerated sebum production, some young teens develop dandruff when they reach puberty.
Dandruff can be exacerbated by stress, poor hygiene, and a poor diet. High-sugar foods, in particular, have been shown to aggravate yeast infections.
Brushing the hair regularly will help loosen flakes and stimulate blood supply to the scalp, speeding up the body’s natural immune response to infection.
You can develop a few habits and use natural treatments to treat dandruff.
An excess of sugar in the diet can aggravate any yeast infection. While treating dandruff, try limiting your intake of all sugars and refined starches.
When shampooing, massage your scalp thoroughly with your fingertips. This will help loosen and remove dead skin flakes, preventing the infection from spreading further. Wash your hair every day until the infection is gone.
Conditioning: Apply a protective hair conditioner only to the ends of your hair. Avoid getting conditioner on your scalp, which can clog pores and impede skin healing.
– Massage: Massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers only several times a day will stimulate blood supply to the hair follicles and help loosen dead skin flakes.
Brushing your hair daily will help loosen and remove dead skin flakes, increase the smooth flow of sebum along the hair shaft, and increase blood supply to the hair follicles.
– Wash Hands After Brushing and Grooming Hair: Skin fungi are highly contagious and easily reinfect and spread to other body parts. This is why it’s critical to wash your hair daily and brush out any loose dandruff flakes to prevent infected areas of the scalp. Cleaning your hands after brushing, massaging, or grooming your hair will also aid in the prevention of reinfection or cross-infection.
The following herbs and nutrients have been shown to help with dandruff:
Natural Internal Dandruff Treatments
Natural blood sugar regulators include alpha-lipoic acid, vanadyl sulfate, Gymnema Sylvestre, and chromium. Keeping blood sugar levels regularly can help prevent the infection from spreading.
Both olive leaf and oregano leaf are natural antifungal agents.
Natural External Dandruff Treatments
On a topical basis, the following herbs can be used as a tonic to reduce fungal infections. Extracts of these herbs or a few drops of their essential oils dissolved in aloe vera gel or witch hazel can greatly relieve itching and flaking symptoms associated with dandruff. Tea tree oil is especially effective against bacterial and fungal infections.
- Sage Clary
- Sage of the Desert
- Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo Biloba)
- Extract Grapefruit Seed
- Essential Oil of Grapefruit
- Extract of Grapeseed
- Essential Oil of Juniper Berry
- Essential Oil of Lavender
- The root of the Poike