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Home Remedies For Dandruff - Simple And Natural Home Remedies For Dandruff

Dandruff is the most common skin problem that affects modern society but finding the right treatment is not always easy.

There are many anti-dandruff products out there on the market but a large number contain industrial strength chemicals and thus can actually do you more harm, or at least will continue to aggravate the dandruff problem.

Take Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) for example. This is used to clean runways and as an engine degreaser, yet you'll find it in the majority of shampoos and shower gels on the market today, particularly in products designed for a greasy scalp / greasy skin.

So, if it seems that today's pharmaceutical companies are more interested in their bottom line than the health of your skin, don't worry as there are many natural home remedies for dandruff, that have been used for centuries and by many different civilisations.

The first thing you can do to begin the elimination of your dandruff is to change your shampoo. As mentioned earlier, the chemical Sodium Laureth Sulfate can have a drying and stripping effect on your skin, and leave it open to yeast funguses such as Malessezia Globbosa and Pityrosporum Ovale which thrive on the scalp's natural oils (sebum), and result in excessive flaking and dandruff.

Try using a shampoo that utilizes natural foaming agents instead of artificial ones. A natural foaming agent like Yucca will be far kinder on your scalp and can help you begin to remedy your dandruff problem.

Massaging the scalp twice a day can help to disperse dandruff and improve blood circulation.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries as one of the best home remedies for dandruff. First wash your hair with a natural pH balanced shampoo. Mix some apple cider vinegar with warm water (2 parts vinegar to 1 part water). Adding a few drops of natural oils like Lavender or Rosemary will cleanse the scalp further and fragrance your hair. Pour or spray this mixture onto your scalp, massage in and leave to dry - no need to rinse out. For really stubborn dandruff, a stronger mixture can be made (try one-to-one ratio of vinegar to water). Lemon juice can also be used instead of apple cider vinegar. Note that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will give you the best results.

As mentioned, natural essentials oils are great for using in home remedies for dandruff. Lavender and Rosemary are fantastic as are Neem oil and Tea Tree oil, which has fantastic anti-bacterial properties. The neem oil will help fight off the yeast funguses that cause and aggravate dandruff. These oils are often highly concentrated so only small amounts are required - it is recommended that all be patch tested first in case of any allergy or hypersensitivity that may result from their use.

My website below contains more information on the use of these oils, and a video showing you how to create your own home remedies for dandruff.

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