Welcome to Blogmas day 3.
We continue with the scalp care theme., in yesterday’s post we went over the causes of dandruff. This post covers some remedies for dandruff.
Like most things, dandruff severity is graded as mild, moderate and severe; where mild is small areas of the scalp, and severe is majority of the scalp.
If you have severe dandruff, I recommend seeing a dermatologist. Remedies within this post are presented for mild-moderate dandruff.
Remedies for dandruff
Dandruff is associated with the overgrowth of a fungus, Malassezia, most anti-dandruff remedies are essentially antimicrobial or Keratolytic in nature. Antimicrobial is antifungal and antibacterial, while Keratolytic is acidic agent that thins/removes excess skin.
Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies
This is an antimicrobial remedy that stops the growth of the dandruff causing fungus, Malassezia. Antifungal shampoo usually Ketoconazole, an antifungal medication.
This is a keratinolytic agent that is useful in removing scaly flakes caused by dandruff. Sacylic acid comes in solid or liquid, I recommend the liquid version of it.
Medicinal Sulfur is both keratolytic and antimicrobial properties, which makes it perfect for healing dandruff.
These home remedies are either antimicrobial or Keratolytic.
Most essential oils have antimicrobial and inhibit fungus and bacteria on the skin. My best essential oils to use are Tea tree, Eucalyptus, mint and lemon.
Apple Cider Vinegar
What is a home remedy without ACV?? ACV is high in Acetic Acid, and can kill pathogens, including bacteria and fungus.