Lifestyle Factors

DIET DOS TO COMBAT DANDRUFF

If you have chronic dandruff, it may be related to your daily diet. From food allergies to nutritional deficiencies, there are many potential diet-related causes of dandruff. The following are four things you can do to add, delete or change your diet that may help to get rid of stubborn dandruff.

DO EAT FOODS RICH IN B VITAMINS

DO EAT FOODS RICH IN ZINC

DO ADD ALLICIN TO YOUR DIET

DO REDUCE SUGAR CONSUMPTION

If you have chronic dandruff, be sure to eat plenty of foods rich in B vitamins. Studies suggest that B vitamins, particularly vitamins B6 and B12, can help reduce dandruff. One cause of dandruff may be an inefficient metabolism that does not process carbohydrates and fatty acids well. B-complex vitamins play a crucial role in metabolic processes. Vitamin B6 also helps to control sugar cravings. Reducing sugar intake can help to reduce dandruff. B6 is found in a variety of foods including beans, meat, poultry, fish and some fruits and vegetables.

Clinical studies have shown zinc can help to control sebum production. The scalp has sebaceous glands which produce sebum (skin oils) to protect the scalp and hair. Excessive sebum can lead to dandruff. Zinc, which requires vitamin B6 for proper absorption, is found in a variety of foods. Zinc is also found in plants, like legumes, nuts, grains and oats. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you should know that zinc found in plants is different from the zinc found in animal sources and may not be as effective in fighting dandruff.

A yeast-like fungus called Malassezia lives on the scalps of most adults. For some, it irritates the scalp and causes more skin cells to grow. The extra cells die, fall off and appear as white flakes or dandruff. Allicin has potent anti-fungal properties to combat Malassezia. Allicin is found in garlic, onions and scallions when the plants are crushed or chopped. It is also thought to promote heart and cardiovascular health, prevent and treat cancer and reduce high blood pressure.

Similar to the yeast-like fungus Malassezia, dandruff is often attributed to the Candida yeast. Sugary foods can promote the growth of Candida yeast in the body. A diet high in sugar can make dandruff worse in some people. Sugar also reduces B vitamins in the body. B vitamins are key to an anti-dandruff diet. Additionally, the levels of the antioxidant vitamins C and E in the body can be reduced by excessive sugar intake. Read food labels carefully. Many processed foods contain high amounts of hidden sugar.

DANDRUFF FIGHTING SUPER FOODS

Discover the healthy foods that help prevent dandruff! Seven of the very best anti-dandruff foods that Mother Nature has to offer.

CHICKPEAS

Loaded with two essential nutrients– vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and zinc, which are essential to combat dandruff.

GINGER

With antibacterial and antifungal properties, it keeps dandruff at bay.

GARLIC

With high concentration of allicin, garlic is a natural antifungal compound and an excellent herbal remedy for dandruff.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

A great source of zinc and vitamin B6, they help to control sebum production.

WHEAT GERM

A storehouse of zinc and vitamin B6, it also has a variety of other B vitamins.

APPLES

Full of biotin, apples are hair growth boosters and help to combat hair loss, a side effect of dandruff.

BANANAS

The Super Food! Loaded with amino acids and antioxidants, bananas have vitamins B6, A, C, E and minerals like zinc, potassium and iron, all of which help to treat dandruff.

HAIR TOOLS THAT HELP CONTROL DANDRUFF

Managing dandruff and chronic scalp conditions may require special hair care tools. There are three types of hair care tools that can help to treat and reduce dandruff: scalp brushes, wooden combs and boar bristle brushes.

WOODEN COMB

BOAR BRISTLE BRUSH

SCALP BRUSH

Metal and plastic combs can irritate the scalp. Wooden combs are softer and gentler on hair and scalp. The wooden teeth are less likely to nick and cut the scalp. Wooden combs massage and stimulate the scalp. This helps to normalize oil production which helps to reduce dandruff. Using a wooden comb also massages the scalp and stimulates blood flow which increases hair growth.

A boar bristle brush helps prevent oil build-up at the scalp which contributes to dandruff and makes hair and scalp look greasy. It takes the oiliness away from the roots and helps to remove excess oil by trapping it in the brush. It helps to distribute the natural oils that make hair shiny. A boar bristle brush stimulates blood flow which increases hair growth.

Scalp brushes are brushes with wide rubber or plastic bristles designed to lift scalp buildup. Using a scalp brush offers a relaxing head massage while stimulating the scalp and hair follicles.

A scalp brush is typically used when shampooing. It helps to distribute shampoo evenly and remove product buildup. It also helps to loosen dry skin flakes and remove dandruff. Scalp brushes help to exfoliate the scalp, improve circulation and increase blood flow to hair follicles to promote hair growth.

Scalp sensitivity is quite subjective. Two things to consider when shopping for a scalp brush: your level of scalp sensitivity and the firmness of the bristles. Brushes with firm bristles can scrape your scalp and may aggravate scalp conditions. On the other hand, if the bristles are too soft, they won’t loosen the buildup.

HOW TO CLEAN HAIR TOOLS

All types of hair tools should be cleaned once a week to prevent the transfer of oil and flakes back onto your scalp.

01

Remove hair from all hair tools. Using a comb or toothbrush can help to release it.

02

Fill a small basin or sink with hot water and a few drops of a clarifying shampoo.

03

Place all hair tools in the sudsy water and use them to scrub each other.

04

Rinse thoroughly with fresh water at least twice.

05

Lay tools on a towel with the bristles facing down to dry.

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