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Dandruff - an Alternative Remedy

Dandruff is a prevalent and itchy scalp condition that affects both men and women worldwide, many of whom seek treatment for their dandruff, whether traditional or an alternative remedy. Most people at some point in their lives will suffer with the persistent symptoms of dandruff. Dandruff can be caused by hormonal imbalance, poor health, hygiene and diet, stress, anxiety, weather, and improper shampooing or use of hair-care products.

The conventional method of dandruff treatment is using anti-dandruff shampoos with active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide or ketoconazole. But the problem with these shampoos is that they are a temporary solution and rarely “cure” dandruff. Consequently, many affected individuals are seeking an alternative remedy to help fight their dandruff, and natural and holistic practitioners are recommending them, as they believe dandruff results from overall poor health.

One alternative remedy for dandruff treatment is a change in diet. Eliminating or reducing the intake of foods high in fat, carbohydrates and sugar is one suggestion, as well as restricting fried foods and dairy products. In addition, to make the most of diet as an alternative remedy for dandruff control, regular consumption of whole foods, raw foods, leafy green vegetables, eggs, flaxseed, and nuts is recommended.

Another alternative dandruff remedy is taking vitamins and nutritional supplements. Biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin, is considered effective as an alternative remedy for dandruff treatment because it helps break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Vitamin B6, vitamin A, zinc and omega-6 fatty acids are other beneficial vitamins that can be found in particular foods or taken as a supplement.

Using topical treatments directly applied to the scalp is another alternative remedy for fighting against dandruff. Grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, flaxseed or vitamin E oil, garlic, oil of oregano, and even fresh-cut onion can either be added to regular or anti-dandruff shampoo or applied on their own to the scalp. Further, other alternative remedies for dandruff include using herbs and essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, sage, and eucalyptus; and hydrotherapy, which improves circulation through the scalp by alternating hot and cold water.

Because dandruff is such a widespread problem, it is worthwhile to consider an alternative remedy to help fight it—whether it's a change in diet, taking a daily supplement or applying a natural substance to the scalp.