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How To Get Rid Of Dandruff?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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How to get rid of dandruff?  It is easy to treat and this affects up to 42% of infants and 1 to 3% of adults worldwide. Dandruff is caused by a variety of different factors such as dry skin, sensitivity to different hair products or dermatitis.

Here are some good home remedies for getting rid of dandruff. The first one is coconut oil which can be used to improve skin hydration and prevent dryness. Research has shown that coconut oil can be just as effective as mineral oil in improving skin hydration.

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There was an 8 week and a 12-week study that showed that coconut oil reduced inflammation, itching and dandruff significantly.

Another thing that can help with getting rid of dandruff is aloe vera. Aloe vera is in skin ointments, lotions, ointments, etc. If you apply it to the skin it can help dry skin and other various different skin conditions.

A third tip is Omega 3 fatty acids which can help with hydration and help manage oil production. This is vital for skin health and research studies have shown there a deficiency in Omega 3 fatty acids can cause dry hair, dry skin and dandruff.

A fourth tip is baking soda which is a considered a good dandruff remedy. Baking soda has antifungal properties which can help relieve itching and skin irritation. It contains an exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells and reduce scaling itching.  There was a study done on 31 people where it showed that baking soda improved itching and irritation after 3 weeks.

There are certain foods that can possibly trigger flare ups or any type of skin conditions.  And some of those foods are red meat, fried foods, processed foods, sugary foods, and beverages.

There are many medicated shampoos and scalp treatments that contain antifungal or antibacterial ingredients that can help rid dandruff from your scalp.

If these home products don’t work, then you need to contact your dermatologist.  

The Bottom Line is that there many ways to get rid of dandruff and the best way is to just use a reliable shampoo that can help rid it from your scalp. Or coconut oil or even aloe vera which has all been proven to help rid dandruff from scalp.

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