Dandruff is also medically called Seborrhoea. It occurs when a fungus Malassezia begins to grow on your scalp causing tingling, greasy patches or tiny visible white flakes on your scalp. This can be due to stress, dry skin, Parkinson’s disease, poor washing and brushing of hair.
Dandruff is very uncomfortable as it itches and you constantly have those tiny flakes falling off your hair whenever you touch it.
There are several remedies to control dandruff. For mild dandruff, you can use medicated dandruff shampoo regularly. Not all shampoos or some other remedies might work for you. You may need to try more than one to know the one that works for you.
Your anti-dandruff shampoo should contain the following, Zinc Pyrithione (which is an antifungal and antibacterial agent), salicylic acid (which helps eliminate scales).
This shampoos should be used with precaution as they may cause hair discolouration, as such, they must be used as directed.
There are also home remedies if you cannot get hold of any of these shampoos which are just as effective.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil has multiple health benefits. It has proven effective for prevention of dandruff. You can use it as your ‘go-to hair oil’.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It may help reduce the severity of dandruff. Aloe vera can be added to other materials needed to steam your hair under the dryer.
Aspirin: One primary component of aspirin is salicylic acid. This is also found in some antidandruff shampoos. You can get a sachet of aspirin and pour all content into a 75cl bottle of normal shampoo.
You can use these two to three times every week to wash your hair.
Some men too deal with the stress and discomfort of dandruff, they can use these remedies as well.
If you experience any form of discomfort while using any of these remedies, please visit your dermatologist. Also note that stress affects overall health, getting enough rest and eating a healthy diet containing Zinc and vitamins may help prevent dandruff.