Dandruff – How To Avert It?

Dandruff – How To Avert It?


By Dr. Himanshu Singhal, Dermatology

Dandruff is a skin condition that is characterized by presence of white skin flakes on your scalp. It is neither a serious condition or contagious. The disorder is more common in males than females and tends to occur more in people who have oily skin.

The various causes of dandruff range from irregular shampooing habits, dry skin and oily skin.

The various tips to prevent dandruff are –

1. Aspirin:

Crush couple of aspirin tablets and combine it with your shampoo. Aspirin contains salicylic acid that helps in treating dandruff.

2. Baking Soda:

Baking soda helps in getting rid of fungi that leads to dandruff. After washing your hair, rub some baking soda into your scalp and wash it off.

3. Lemon:

Apply lemon juice to your scalp and rinse it off with water. This helps in maintaining the pH balance of the scalp and thus prevents dandruff.

4. Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil contains nutrients that are good for your hair. Apply it an hour before shampooing and then wash it off.

5. Garlic:

Garlic has certain antimicrobial properties that eliminate the dandruff causing bacteria. It is recommended to combine crushed garlic with honey and apply it on your scalp.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar changes the pH level of the scalp making the growth of dandruff difficult. Use a vinegar rinse after you shampoo.