Do you know how to take care of your dandruff? Dandruff is an annoying and embarrassing problem but is rarely serious. Dandruff can
be triggered by trauma, illness, hormonal imbalances, improper carbohydrate consumption, and the consumption of sugar. It could be also due to deficiencies of nutrients such as the B-complex vitamins, essential fatty acids, and selenium. Dandruff is usually worse in the winter months.
According to the dermatologist, virtually everyone has the problem to some degree. There is no cure for dandruff, but the condition can be minimized and here's how:
Eat soured products such as yogurt. Avoid fried foods, dairy products, sugar, flour, chocolate, nuts, and seafood.
Before washing your hair, add about 8 tbsp. of organic pure peanut oil to the juice of half a lemon and rub the mixture into your scalp.
Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes, then shampoo. Try rinsing your hair with vinegar and water instead of plain water after shampooing. Use 1/4 cup quart vinegar to 1 quart of water. Do not pick or scratch the scalp. Make sure to wash your hair frequently, and use a non-oily shampoo.
To take off your dandruff uses natural hair products that do not contain chemicals. Avoid irritant soaps and greasy ointments and creams. Massage your scalp first before washing your hair. Do not use a shampoo containing selenium daily, even if it aids in controlling dandruff.
Some people have found that sun exposure helps clear up dandruff, but others find that it seems to make the problem worse. So my advice on how to take care of dandruff is to do this:
Thyme is reputed to have mild antiseptic properties that can help alleviate dandruff but you have to make an extra time. You can make an effective rinse by boiling 4 heaping tablespoons of dried thyme in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain the brew and make it cool. Pour half the mixture over clean damp hair, making sure the liquid covers the scalp. Massage gently and don't rinse immediately- let it stay about 15 to 20 minutes. Save the remainder for another day.
It is best not to use over the counter ointments for dandruff. They can do more harm than good. Nizoral A-D is an antifungal shampoo. A dermatologist usually prescribes a cleansing lotion containing a drying agent with sulfur and resorcinol, or a medicated product called Diprosone from Schering-Plough, to clear up dandruff.
If dandruff is persistent or symptoms seem to be getting worse, or if it appears in areas other than the scalp, consult your health care provider- it might be dermatitis.