How to get rid of dandruff is probably one of the most asked beauty questions ever. Having dandruff is extremely annoying.

Don’t worry as we are here to tell you exactly how to get rid of dandruff

What are the symptoms of dandruff?

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of dandruff in the hair.

Dandruff appears as white scales in the hair when you brush.

Dandruff may form a crust on the scalp.

Itching irritation.

Dandruff on a woman's shoulder
Dandruff appears as white scales in the hair when you brush.

How do I get rid of dandruff?

Change your diet

Limit sugar and processed food: Diets high in sugar, processed food lead to insulin spikes, which in turn lead to stimulation of hormone surges that can trigger the output of oil. Overall restriction of fatty foods, fried foods, refined sugar, processed food, and gluten may lead to a reduction in flaking.

Eat more fruit and vegetables and acid-rich foods such as salmon, walnuts, chia seeds. These foods not only help manage the oil production but also provide hydration to your hair.

Also include food like ginger, garlic, chickpeas, bananas and lots of water to your diet

Wash your hair often

If you have oily scalp sebum is produced at a faster pace which means you need to wash your hair more often. Oils and dead skin cells further accumulate as a result of infrequent hair washing

Patients who are prone to dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis should wash their hair a  few times a week to reduce buildup.

Use anti-dandruff shampoo

How to choose and use the best anti-dandruff shampoo?

Look for active ingredients: Pyrithione zinc, selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, salicylic acid, and coal tar can all help reduce dandruff, but you may need to experiment a little to see which one works best for your scalp.

Take note of your hair type: The ingredients listed above are effective at removing dandruff, but they can feel a little stripping if your locks require extra moisture. Look for ingredients that will hydrate the scalp and strands, such as shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera, especially if you have dry, coarse, curly, kinky, or coiled hair.

Make sure you pick up an anti-dandruff conditioner, too

Try tea tree oil

It is also proven to have powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help alleviate symptoms of dandruff

Tea tree oil can be used to treat dandruff in a variety of ways. These are some examples:

  • Purchase a shampoo that contains 5% tea tree oil.
  • Shake five to ten drops of tea tree essential oil into your current shampoo bottle. Gently massage into your scalp and thoroughly rinse.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is also proven to help alleviate symptoms of dandruff

Note that tea tree oil can cause irritation in those with sensitive skin and it can be poisonous if swallowed and should not be used in or near the mouth. Make sure to avoid getting tea tree oil into your eyes when you use it on your scalp. If you do get it into your eyes, flush them immediately with warm water,

Don’t scratch the scalp

It’s the white bear problem, but try not to think about scratching.

Using your fingernails or a comb or whatever to scrape dandruff from your scalp can exacerbate inflammation and irritation as well as damage your hair.

a woman is scratching her scalp
Using whatever to scrape dandruff from your scalp can exacerbate inflammation and irritation

Particularly if you have long, sharp nails, scratching can also cause open scalp wounds which lead to infections. You  should do a gentle massage only instead

Consult a doctor

If you’ve used all the tips above regularly for several weeks and still have dandruff or you want to remove it quickly, talk to your doctor or dermatologist.

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Reference: Healthline, 9 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff Naturally

Medical News Today, How to treat dandruff

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