The turnover of skin cells is merely routine – older cells are pushed to the surface of the skin, eventually dying and flaking off. Normally, the turnover of skin cells is not visible and the cells that are broken down are washed away with a good shampoo. But in some situations the turnover rate is abnormally fast, and dead cells that accumulate on the hair look like scales. Dandruff can also occur due to skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema, or yeast that regularly populate our scalp, but the “normal” reasons for the formation of dandruff remain unknown till this day.
The scalp is a breeding ground for many species of bacteria and fungi. This fungus feeds on fats and is found primarily around the sebaceous glands in the skin, as they are a good source of fat. Studies have shown that people suffering from dandruff have an increased incidence and quantity of Malassezia, and antifungal treatment can help get rid of the dandruff. Nevertheless, it remains unclear what is the initial cause – if the dandruff is a convenient platform for the development of the fungus, or the fungus causes dandruff. However, a dedicated treatment targeting the Malassezia fungus often solves the problem of dandruff. The symptoms of dandruff are easily spotted; white flakes of dead skin appear on the hair and shoulders. You may experience itchiness on the scalp due to the accumulation of the dead skin cells. The condition tends to aggravate in dry and cold weather conditions.
Here are some of the best remedies for dandruff:
As you know, coconut oil has many utilities. That’s why it is considered as one of the effective home remedies for dandruff. Coconut helps to completely remove dandruff because of the antifungal properties.
Any food that has antifungal properties will help control the growth of yeast.
In addition, coconut oil can help relieve itchiness as well as moisturize the dry scalp. Thus, to use this method, you just need to prepare:
- Five lemons
- Coconut oil
- A bowl
Here is the recipe:
- Put some coconut oil into the bowl
- Mix it with the juice of 5 lemons well
- Rub the mixture on your scalp
- Massage in a few minutes
- After 20 minutes, wash your hair carefully
- Do this remedy two or three times per week, and continue doing it when you see that there no dandruff.
Apple cider vinegar
- Take 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and put it into the bowl
- Add 2 tablespoons water into the bowl too
- Mix them with 15 or 20 drops tea tree oil
- Massage you scalp with this mixture by applying it on
- Wash your hair after few minutes
- Repeat the treatment 2 or 3 times per week and you should carry out in one or two weeks because it depends on your feeling.
- Make your hair wet
- Take a handful of baking soda
- Rub it onto your scalp
- Wash your hair with warm water after a few minute
- Keep doing this twice a week for a few weeks