Dandruff… What a pain! Even with the best routines in the world, it's not always possible to escape them. They colonize our hair and damage it. And it must be said that there is nothing very aesthetic about them, in addition to being disturbing, in particular causing itching and slightly embarrassing moments. Where do they come from? How to get rid of it naturally? Madam President comes to your aid and presents the causes and natural treatments for dandruff!
Dandruff: their origins and possible causes
This is the small medical point of this article: what causes dandruff? And the answer is: a lot of things! Indeed, dandruff can have several origins. It is essential to identify the causes of dandruff in order to have suitable, and above all effective, natural or dermatological treatments. In all cases, an appointment with the dermatologist is necessary.
Pityriasis: a fungus that causes dandruff
The most common cause of dandruff is pityriasis, which is a condition caused by a fungus that colonizes the scalp and disrupts the cell renewal process that characterizes it.
The skin on our skull has the mission of eliminating dead cells and producing new ones to replace them, as with the rest of our body. However, when the scalp is affected by pityriasis, the process intensifies and the dead cells multiply, and they end up sticking together, thus forming scales. Result: a little unpleasant snow falls on our shoulders.
Pityriasis is just one of the possible causes of dandruff. There are many others, which are very different in nature (and therefore require equally different support).
Psoriasis: one of the causes of dandruff
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease, which is defined by an overactivity of the body's defenses. This exaggerated reaction of the body causes increased flaking, which manifests itself in the form of dandruff. In other words, cells renew themselves too much, and too quickly! Scalp psoriasis is recognized by the red patches it causes, which are generally topped with thick, whitish scales. The lesions that psoriasis causes cause itching and scaling. Sometimes it even causes bleeding. In the case of psoriasis, the dandruff is large and forms flakes.
Also called seborrheic dermatitis, is an infection caused by a fungus (yes, again!) which this time is called “Malassezia”. If in appearance it can be confused with psoriasis, these two causes are very distinct in nature. When it grows too intensely, this fungus with a cute name causes scaly, yellow patches on the skin. We then see yellow and greasy dandruff appearing, which is not at all pretty. The diagnosis is then quite simple. We notice plaques mainly distributed at the edge of the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect the eyebrows and nasolabial folds.
Finally, know that there is not just one form of eczema, and that dandruff can also appear in cases of atopic dermatitis. In this case, eczema does not only affect the scalp.
Other causes and origins of dandruff
Other possible causes of dandruff on the scalp are known. They also require appropriate dermatological care:
- A local infection can cause dandruff. A dermatological consultation should make it possible to identify it.
- Parasites and ringworms, which, like lice, like to wander from head to head, are the cause of dandruff and severe itching. They are easily transmitted from one person to another, especially at school.
- Ichthyosis, which refers to dryness of the scalp, appears as fine scales, the edges of which peel off.
- And of course, stress and fatigue can worsen dandruff by disrupting the functioning of our scalp.
How to fight hair dandruff naturally?
The solutions to apply to get rid of dandruff therefore depend on the cause of its appearance. Naturally, these few tips and natural DIYs cannot replace a suitable dermatological treatment if dandruff persists and bothers you... Particularly if it is caused by a fungus, a parasite, ringworm or even a local infection. We are therefore counting on you to call the dermatologist!
At the same time, however, you can try to act on psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis (scalp eczema) with natural tips. Here are some avenues to explore for applying natural treatments against dandruff depending on its causes.
Natural treatments for dandruff caused by seborrheic dermatitis
In addition to the solution provided by your dermatologist, you can adopt simple actions to soothe seborrheic dermatitis. For your daily hygiene, avoid using too many cosmetic products and favor products with naturally antifungal properties, such as certain essential oils (handle with care , we trust you). Here, palmarosa essential oil is essential. It contains geraniol, which is a natural antifungal compound. It is used to treat all kinds of fungi and is formidable against seborrheic dermatitis.
To use it, pour a drop of your palmarosa essential oil into a small amount of shampoo. Apply this mixture generously to your scalp. Massage and try to distribute the product well over your entire head before rinsing with great care. Repeat this treatment for two weeks, twice a week. Palmarosa essential oil can be combined with other essential oils such as tea tree (also antifungal), rose geranium (anti-inflammatory) and rosewood (regenerating).
Natural treatments for dandruff caused by psoriasis
Psoriasis is not an infestation by a fungus: it is an excessive immune reaction of our skin. The care to be taken in this case is very different, hence the interest in knowing the precise cause of the appearance of dandruff. There are many natural solutions to relieve psoriasis (and therefore reduce or even eliminate dandruff).
A first solution is to use Aleppo soap to rebuild the hydrolipidic film of your scalp and eliminate as much residue as possible. It is very often recommended in cases of psoriasis. Shampoo regularly with Aleppo soap to soothe your skin. On a daily basis, use only mild natural shampoos to wash your hair. The ideal is to limit the use of shampoos and products that are aggressive to your scalp, which tend to denature it.
Another very effective natural solution: oatmeal or oatmeal baths. Indeed, oats are very useful for calming irritations. It can also soothe psoriasis and provides the skin of the scalp (and the rest of the body) with a moisturizing action. In a tied stocking or sock, place oatmeal or oatmeal and let your bath steep. Then immerse your hair and head in water to benefit from the benefits of oats.
You can also boil 20 grams of oatmeal in a liter of water, before applying the cooled mixture to your scalp.
Hair detox tea Resolution No. 2: a natural treatment for the different causes of dandruff
Resolution N°2 hair detox tea is a natural and effective solution against dandruff problems . It is a solution that we have specially designed to cleanse and purify the scalp, but not only that. It goes even further: it limits hair loss and strengthens the hair bulb. We have included a mixture of plants and tea, all of which come from organic farming (obviously!).
Madame La Presente's detox tea is a naturally effective solution against dandruff. In addition to eliminating them, it attempts to treat the cause by purifying the scalp. It also helps in the fight against hair loss and cleanses it. It adapts to all hair types: dull, tired, damaged, dry, brittle, oily... Straight, curly, wavy, frizzy or frizzy hair does not scare it. This tea can also be consumed or used if your hair lacks shine, luster, volume or growth.
Finally, Resolution N°2 contains plants with beneficial properties on irritation, on tired hair, on blood circulation... It combines all the benefits that our scalp and hair need, in a single drink: useful cocooning! And you can also use it to create oily macerates, rinse water for your hair and a purifying and hydrating mask for the face. Stunning!
Natural causes and treatment of dandruff: our conclusion
It’s okay, you know the causes and natural treatments for dandruff ! As you will have understood, there are a thousand and one ways to treat and eliminate them. If you don't want to explore them one by one (and we understand you!), consider consulting your dermatologist, who will help you determine the origin of the problem and can advise you on suitable treatments. As for natural adjuvant treatments, you can also find many beneficial and effective products in our store. Resolution No. 3 Anti-Hair Loss Serum will effectively prevent premature hair loss by facilitating the anchoring of the hair bulb in the scalp. And of course, we always offer food supplements suitable for everyone! In short, everything you need for hair in great shape!