5 Ways to Treat Dandruff and a Dry Scalp
November 12, 2020
Whether it’s on your scalp or under your beard, dry skin is never a good look. Unfortunately, having a dry scalp is rather common, especially during the winter. Trust us, the only flakes you want to see are the ones outside your window and not on your head and hair. But what can you do about it? Is there a real solution to dandruff, or are you doomed to a flakey life?
The short answer is: yes, there’s a lot that can be done to treat and prevent dandruff. The best way of course is knowing what causes a dry scalp. When your skin lacks moisture due to cold air or when you use unsuitable hair products, the skin dries out. Finally, if the scalp is constantly exposed to the cause that dehydrates it, the skin will become flakey and result in dandruff.
But what can you do now that dandruff and dry scalp are already there? Just follow one (or all) of these 5 helpful tips and tricks that will help you hydrate your scalp and eliminate dandruff in no time!
Washing it Down
The question of whether you should shampoo your hair more or less still remains unanswered. On the one hand, some dermatologists claim that washing your hair too much might strip your scalp from its natural oil and sebum, causing it to dry out. Other dermatologists, however, claim that not washing your enough can cause oil and dead skin buildup which might eventually lead to even more dandruff. So, if it’s not the quantity that we’re concerned with, then let us talk about the quality.
When you choose your hair product, make sure to pick one that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or dyes. This is especially true if you’re already suffering from an itchy or dry scalp. Remember, your main goal is to soothe the skin and let the healing begin. So, choose a relatively mild hair product, and test it a couple of times and see whether it triggers a negative reaction or not.
Time to Oil Up
If it’s oil that your dry scalp is lacking, why not just oil it up? There are several natural oils that have been used for centuries to treat different types of skin conditions. Specifically, for dandruff, you can use either tea tree oil or the more commonly found coconut oil. The former has been known to improve itchiness and dandruff symptoms, and the latter hydrates the skin. So, whichever you choose, it’s a win-win situation.
Though both substances are natural, you should use them wisely. Tea tree oil tends to be very concentrated, which is why you should dilute it with water first. Take either oil and apply them directly to the scalp. Then, massage the oils into your scalp with clean fingers, or better yet, after you’ve worn gloves. While the remedies are rather helpful, they have a limited effect. It’s best that you adopt a slightly different scalp care routine.
Ready for a Soap Down?
If it’s natural remedies that we’re discussing, it’s time that we introduce you to an all-natural shampoo. You know by now that a dry scalp needs love and plenty of hydration. It needs to be nourished with beneficial and therapeutic ingredients that can actually strengthen it. Particle’s new hair shampoo does just that. It soothes the skin and reactivates hair follicle stem cells. Plus, the ginseng root extract reduces inflammation and increases blood circulation that encourages skin cell rejuvenation.
Aside from the obvious beneficial effects of the shampoo, it’s extremely easy to use. In fact, there are no special instructions at all. Just rinse your hair, apply the shampoo, and begin the pleasant scalp massage. In addition to hydrating your skin, it will also stimulate hair growth. An all in one shampoo.
Change Up Your Diet
Now that your scalp is squeaky clean (with the right products, too) it’s time to change some of those habits. Yes, your dietary habits have a huge impact on the health of your skin. For instance, fast and fatty food can result in increased sebum production and lead to breakouts and skin inflammations. When it comes to your scalp, there are certain foods and vitamins that can be a real game-changer.
First, you should increase your Omega-3 intake. You can choose to do this with capsules or by eating more foods that are rich with these acids. They can be found in fatty fish, different seeds, and walnuts. Biotin (vitamin B7) has also been shown to assist in reducing dandruff and flakiness. Foods such as egg yolks, yeast, cheese, cauliflower, and green beans contain this vital vitamin.
The Hydrating Solution
You probably know by now that dehydration can cause dry skin, but did you know it can also extend to your scalp? According to expert dermatologists one of the signs that your body is dehydrated, is the appearance of itchy or flaky skin. In fact, the flakiness isn’t limited to your dry scalp; you might experience dandruff under your eyebrows or even your beard. Naturally, when it comes to your appearance, these flakes aren’t exactly desirable. And of course, nobody wants to itch and scratch their face and head all day.
The answer might be simpler than you thought. Adding those extra cups of water a day might just make all the difference for your skin. The recommended number of cups is eight, but we won’t tell anyone if you sneak in a ninth and tenth. Other than the water’s hydrating effect, it increases blood circulation, which in turn accelerates skin cell rejuvenation and removal of dead cells. In short, there are no downsides to upping your water intake.
Most people will suffer from dandruff or a dry scalp at least once in their life. But it doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. There are plenty of things that you can do about it. Just pick any one of the helpful tips and voila! Your shoulders, face, and life will be flake-free!
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