What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common skin condition that affects the scalp. It is characterized by dry and white flakes on the scalp. It is not contagious but may cause embarrassment at times. At times, it may get difficult to treat dandruff as well.

What Triggers Dandruff?

  • Fungal infection
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Oily skin
  • Hot, humid, cold or dry weather
  • Skin disorders such as acne or psoriasis
  • Family history of dandruff
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Immune disorders

How Would You Know If You Have Dandruff ?

  • The most common symptom includes flaky and white scales on the skin surface
  • Dandruff may be accompanied with painless itching
  • Reddish and scaly plaques may appear in the eyebrows, forehead and ear canal

What Should You Do In Case Dandruff Worsens?

  • In most cases, dandruff is seasonal and temporary. It may easily get better with time and natural treatment
  • In case dandruff worsens, it may cause bacterial infections in the affected and surrounding areas
  • It may also lead to greasy white or yellow scales accompanied by red patches on the skin
  • Your doctor may ask you to get a skin exam done to decipher the presence of any complications.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • For minor dandruff, you may choose to use over the counter anti-dandruff shampoos
  • For teens and adults, over the counter steroidal lotions such as cortisone creams and anti-fungal creams may be suggested
  • Shampoo once every day
  • Moisturizing the scalp does not help to get rid of dandruff

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Dandruff ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Coconut Oil

Ingredients: Coconut Oil Lemon

Ways to Use:

Heat two to three teaspoons of coconut oil. Add an equal amount of lemon juice to it. Mix the contents and apply the same to the scalp gently.

Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse it off with shampoo. Avoid using hot water.

2. Fenugreek (Methi)

Ingredients: Fenugreek (Methi)

Ways to Use:

Soak some fenugreek seeds overnight. Drain the water and mash the softened seeds to form a paste. You may also choose to use fenugreek powder instead of the seeds

Apply the paste on the scalp for an hour. Rinse it off with a mild shampoo

3. Curd

Ingredients: Curd

Ways to Use:

Apply curd on your scalp. Keep it on for an hour. Rinse it off with a mild shampoo.

4. Baking Soda

Ingredients: Baking Soda

Ways to Use:

To your moist hair, rub a spoonful of baking soda on your scalp. Leave it for 60-90 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.


So, go ahead and try these natural remedies to get rid of the troublesome dandruff.

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