Why dandruff occurs?
The top layer of the skin is constantly being shed and renewed. This usually goes unnoticed when the cells are shed one at a time. When this process is faster, the dead skin is more noticeable and is referred to as dandruff. Dandruff (pityriasis capitis) is the term used to describe simple scaling of the skin on the scalp. This common scalp problem can vary in severity. Sometimes, inflammation of the scalp may cause cells to stick together. When large clumps of cells are shed, visible dry flakes may be seen on the shoulders. These dead skin flakes can also be seen on the scalp as the hair traps the scaling skin.
Itchy scalp, with or without scaling, is very common. It may occur in middle-aged people, for no obvious reason. The usual response is to scratch, and this will often cause scratch marks and little crusty sores throughout the scalp.
Dandruff treatment & home remedies (Organic Solutions)
- Soak two tablespoonfuls of fenugreek seeds overnight in water. Grind the softened seeds into fine paste and apply on scalp. Wash hair after 10 minutes. Don’t use shampoo. Next day, you can wash with shampoo.
- Make paste of 1 tsp of amla powder and half cup of curd. Apply on scalp and wash after 2 hrs.
- Amla, like curry leaves, contains a lot of necessary fatty acids, which deeply enter hair follicles to prevent dandruff, slowdown greying of hair and strengthen hair from roots.
- Prepare an emulsion by mixing one part of sandalwood oil with three parts of fresh lemon juice in a glass bottle and apply on the scalp.
- Thoroughly rub fresh aloe-vera gel on scalp, leave for 2 – 3 hours, then shampoo.
- Combine olive oil and grated ginger and apply on scalp. Leave it for a few hours and then shampoo.
- To control dandruff, for some time reduce all foods containing yeast, such as bread and baked foods, cheese, fermented foods, wine and alcoholic beverages.
- Reduce your sugar intake. Sometimes, diabetes can also cause dandruff.
Dandruff treatment at home
You can usually treat dandruff yourself at home. However, if it is persistent, excessively flaky, and becomes acute, you should consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. It could be a symptom of psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or a fungal infection.