Foods and Remedies that Are Effective In Treating Dandruff Naturally

Foods and Remedies In Treating Dandruff Naturally

Foods and Remedies that Treat Dandruff Naturally

Dandruff is a particular skin condition that occurs on the scalp. It makes scalp flaky, itchy, and makes hair follicles weak resulting in baldness. It is caused due to external as well as internal conditions of the body.
There are various natural remedies to treat them, but keep in mind the external preventive measures need to be done regularly to control it.

Causes of Dandruff

Externally pollution and fungus are the major causes of dandruff. We often visit different places for different reasons every day. Our hair encounters different types of impurities and needs regular cleaning. If not cleaned regularly the impurities collected in the scalp and it mixes with the oil and causes irritation.

Some other reasons that cause dandruff are:

Fungus named Malassezia feeds on the oils secreted by the hair follicles. It doesn’t harm much, but sometimes due to its hyperactive nature, the scalp produces excess skin cells. This process makes the scalp skin red, sticky, yellowish, and white flakes formation. This condition of scalp is called Seborrheic dermatitis.
During winters, the scalp becomes dry due to extreme cold and hot conditions you encounter every day.
Sometimes daily shampooing also causes skin irritation leading to dry and flaky scalp. It should be used twice in a week, followed by a conditioner to hydrate your dry scalp. Conditioner acts as a moisturizer for your scalp.
Internal conditions, such as vitamin and protein deficiency, also cause dandruff. Vitamins such as vitamin B and nutrients such as iron, zinc, and biotin deprivation also leads to dandruff.
There are specific natural remedies to get rid of dandruff. Here we will discuss the external treatments to apply as well as foods to take to control your dandruff.

Foods to eat

Biotin rich foods

These foods are rich in Vitamin B, which stimulates cell growth. It metabolizes the proteins in the body which promotes hair growth.  Its deficiency leads to thinning and breaking of hairs. 

Some examples of the biotin-rich foods are almonds, sweet potato, eggs, onions, oats, peanuts, tomatoes, carrots, fish, spinach, broccoli, and bananas.

biotin-rich foods
Biotin-rich foods 

Omega-3 rich foods

Omega-3 fatty acids aid the development of new cells as well as strengthens the heart, lungs, and immune system. It is vital for one’s health as it promotes quick wound healing, hydration, rich oxygen supply, which helps in getting rid of flaky skins, weak hair follicles, and dry scalp. 

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are Mackerel, Salmon, Cod liver oil, herring, oysters, sardines, flax seeds, chia seeds, etc.
oysters are rich in omega-3 fatty acids

Foods to avoid

As per the study, diets rich in sugar, junk foods, fried foods, and processed foods must be avoided. Sugars promote the growth of yeast in the body that enhances dandruff. It also minimizes the effects of Vitamin B and antioxidants in the body.
Apart from food intake, external care must also be taken. Shampoos rich in antifungal properties must be used. Make sure you use a shampoo with ingredients such as Ketoconazole, Selenium sulfide, Zinc pyrithione, Coal tar, and Salicylic acids. 

Apart from this, there are various oils that you can use.

1. Tea tree oil and Lemongrass oil

Both have strong anti-inflammatory properties that help to fight dandruff more effectively. It efficiently fights with the fungus, which is responsible for the development of seborrheic dermatitis.
Do not apply them directly to the scalp. Carrier oil, such as coconut oil and jojoba oil, must be mixed with them to dilute it as it causes irritation and inflammation to the scalp.

2. Coconut oil

Its hydration properties and effective cure against eczema is the primary reason people prefer coconut oil for dandruff.

3. Thyme oil

Due to its antiseptic and antifungal properties, it is more effective for scalp infections. It stimulates blood circulation across the scalp which keeps it healthy.

4. Chamomile oil

It is used to treat skin flakes of the scalp as well as dandruff. It provides relief against redness and inflammation. It also soothes the dry and itchy scalp. For oily scalp, it maintains the moisture levels which results in the prevention of dandruff.
Except for coconut oil, all the other essential oils should not be used directly. Following are  how you can use them;
  • - Add 6-8 drops of oil to your regular shampoo
  • - Dilute them with carrier oils such as coconut and jojoba. Mix them in a bowl then apply it to your scalp. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo. The best proportion for the mix is two drops of the essential boil to one drop of carrier oil.

Apart from all these, avoid stress. It is not directly linked to the cause of dandruff, but it helps in strengthening the symptoms of dandruff. It affects the immune system of your body and aids in dryness and itching of the scalp. It deprives the oxygen as well as blood supply to your scalp.

Author: Henna Lawrence is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, Ayurvedic, yoga, and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She can connect with others and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.

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