Dandruff is the skin disorder causing the itching of the scalp and flaking of the skin cells. Every day some of the skin cells flake off, but in people suffering from this condition flaking is much more intense and followed by itching and irritation. The condition is associated with a fungus infection of the scalp, caused by Pityrosporum ovale (or P.ovale). This fungus is normally present on the skin, but in some cases it starts to overgrow and might cause dandruff.
There are two types of dandruff: internal and external. Internal dandruff is caused by some factors inside the human organism, such as hormonal imbalance, weaken immune system, some food allergies or inadequate diet, full of sugar and fat. Stress, both emotional and physical, and genetic disposition are also known to lead to dandruff. External dandruff could be caused by excessive hair styling, poor hygiene of the scalp and cold weather or heating inside.
Dandruff causes flaking of the scalp and leads to dryness and itching of the skin. The flakes might be greasy or waxy. Usually flakes appear on the head, eyebrows or the beard, but in some cases, dandruff might spread and affect the neck and shoulders.
Natural Dandruff Treatment
The condition is usually treated with special shampoos. Some cases of dandruff are really persistent and don’t respond to shampoo treatment and other people might be over sensitive to those shampoos. Natural remedies are not aggressive and dandruff responds to them quite well, and that's what makes them so popular.
Olive oil is said to cure even the worst of dandruff cases. It could be used alone, or mixed with some almond oil. Apply to the scalp, massage thoroughly and when the hair absorbs all the oil wash it away.
Add a sip of vinegar to some water. Use that fluid to massage the scalp and wrap it in a towel. Leave over night and after you wake up wash your hair. Repeat the treatment for 2 to 3 weeks and the result should impress you.
Aloe vera extract should be applied to the affected area of the scalp. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash the hair. People using this herbal preparation say that it takes just few treatments to completely destroy the dandruff.
Use the mixture made of one cup of mouthwash and some water. Use the mixture with your shampoo, thoroughly massaging the scalp. Many said that this mixture really worked for them.