How to Get Rid of Dandruff Permanently
Dandruff, also known as Seborrheic dermatitis, can be embarrassing, itchy, oily, and even problematic. It's those yellow or white flakes that appear in your hair or even on your shoulders when wearing dark clothing. In rare situations, they can even appear behind the ears. What most people don't see, is the reddened dry or oily skin on the scalp that is hidden by most people's hair. This is because dandruff is a skin condition, a form of eczema (which basically means any inflamation of the skin). While there are many different types of eczema, it shouldn't be too difficult for most people to find a solution and treat their dandruff. However, for some people it can be. There's all types of methods, natural remedies, and cures when it comes to treating dandruff, and literally thousands of products on the market that are aimed at controlling or curing those pesty flakes. Some of them may be of no use to you, some may genuinely help. There is no single treatment that works best for everyone. So if you're having trouble getting rid of dandruff permanently, there's a whole plethora of options out there for you to try, and if one doesn't work, try another.
There's a large variety of anti-dandruff shampoos on the market. Many of them have different ingredients. Because of this, it's best for you to try different products until you find one that works for you. What works for one person may not be the best product for you. The 5 most popular active ingredients you will find in dandruff shampoos are Ketoconazole, Zinc Pyrithione, Coal Tar, Salicylic Acid, and Selenium Sulfide. Different anti dandruff shampoos will specialize in a different active ingredient. For example, Head and Shoulders contains Zinc Pyrithione, while Nizoral contains Ketoconazole. Below is a few examples of products that contain the most popular active ingredients I mentioned:
Zinc Pyrithione:Head and Shoulders
Coal Tar: Neutrogena T/Gel, Denorex
Salicylic Acid: Neutrogena T/Sal
Selenium Sulfide: Selsun Blue
Head and Shoulders personally worked well for me for a few months after I started using it. However, after awhile it lost it's effectiveness. I tried many other shampoos and some worked well for a few weeks but then also loss effectiveness. After awhile, I realized that combining them in different weekly routines worked best. I've been able to control my dandruff for some time now, by alternating back and forth between Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue. I will use Head and Shoulders one week, then Selsun Blue the next week, then alternate again. So try this combination, or try to find your own combination with other products until you find what's best for you. Since dandruff can be persistent, you may need to keep up with a daily regime and make sure you stay on top of the problem every week. As far as conditioners for dandruff, many of the anti-dandruff shampoos come with conditioner mixed in with them, so if you have rough or matted hair, you should try to find a shampoo that not only specializes in controlling dandruff, but that also offers a conditioner in it as well. Most of the major commercial products for dandruff can be expensive, so you may want to look for cheaper alternatives and see if they work for you. I know Walmart makes a brand called Equate, which has similar ingredients to some of the major commercial brands.
Some people have been able to control their dandruff by committing to lifestyle changes. For example, stress may play a role in the development of dandruff, since it's already been proven to affect people's skin other ways. So you may want to try eliminating stress from your life and everyday activities. Also, diet may also play a role, since this has also proved to be connected to the skin in studies focused on other diseases of the skin. So you may want to reduce your acidic foods and increase your alkaline foods, or vice versa (since acidic foods can cause skin problems in some people, or alkaline environments can allow organisms to thrive in the digestive system). If you normally eat junk foods, try to eat healthier and replace those greasy foods with fruits and vegetables.
There's all kinds of natural remedies and homeopathic treatment for dandruff out there. I've heard of tea tree oil, biotin, lemon juice, and coconut oil all being used to help people with their dandruff. If those flakes in your hair are really severe or really causing you a problem, you may want to try some of the natural alternatives out there. Just be careful with what you're doing and make sure you fully research the products and any instructions given to you before you apply them to your head. For example, Tea Tree Oil can actually burn the skin in it's purest form, and who knows, it may even cause hair loss if you're not careful with it. Majority of the instructions I've read for using tea tree oil involve some type of diluted version, where it's not actually 100% tea tree oil. The most helpful natural remedy I've read about is Apple Cider Vinegar. Apparently, it works well if you combine 1/4th of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, with 1/4th of a cup of water. Mix these measurements together, then apply it to your hair with a spray bottle, evenly spraying it all over your head. Wrap your head in a towel so it can sit on your hair and do it's magic, and then wash it out of your hair within 15 minutes to an hour. This has supposedly helped a lot of people. But I wouldn't recommend doing this unless your dandruff is very severe and you've already tried the anti-dandruff shampoos with no luck.
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