Have you ever experienced dandruff or an itchy scalp? Dandruff is a very common scalp condition and not very serious or contagious. However, it can be embarrassing and annoying to deal with or difficult to get rid of for good.
Dandruff is defined as a chronic scalp condition where your skin flakes on your scalp.1 This can cause some embarrassing white flakes on your clothing and cause you to itch or have dry skin. Your hair might also be oily. Often dandruff is worse in the fall and winter months because of indoor heating and dry climates. Dandruff may also be caused by stress, diet, your age and hair products. Some people are also predisposed to dandruff.
Generally, you don’t need to see a doctor to treat dandruff. There are many medicated shampoos out there that can help get rid of dandruff and relieve the itchiness.
First, try a dandruff shampoo or one that helps with dry scalp. Look for shampoos with salicylic acid, selenium slide, zinc pyrithione or ketoconazole. Also, avoid harsh shampoos that contain ingredients that irritate your scalp and make dandruff worse. Look for more gentle formulas. Try our Scalp Replenishing Shampoo for a gentle way to heal your scalp.
If you don’t want to buy a new shampoo or aim to use a more natural solution, try tea tree oil or white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Tea tree oil is very effective at reducing the oil and the itch. Rinsing with vinegar (whatever type you like best from white to apple cider vinegar) can help reduce the irritation and reduce the issue fast. While your dandruff is flaring up, be sure to wash your hair every day and brush your hair often to distribute your natural oils evenly.
Do you have dandruff or an itchy scalp? What is your favorite way to get rid of it fast? Do you have a special shampoo that you love? Do you find you only get it during certain months of the year or all year? Share with us below!
1 – Facts from Mayo Clinic