4 Potent Home Remedies for Dandruff
Dandruff is that condition of the scalp that causes flaking of skin to appear. Dandruff may be marked by itching and can cause a great discomfort, especially to those that love keeping hair. Dandruff may be caused by an underlying illness or such conditions as psoriasis ( an autoimmune that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin), a fungal infection (Malassezia), seborrheic dermatitis, dry skin, not shampooing often enough or even the parasitic head lice.
Humans, like other animals, have skin cells that are continually renewing themselves. As skin cells in the scalp are renewed, the older (dead) cells are pushed towards the surface of the skin and then out of the scalp. What happens in people with dandruff is that the new cells are produced at a faster rate than the older cells are being expelled. These results in a situation where more skin cells become shed, making expelled dead cells more noticeable. I will not bore you with those mechanisms. Read on as I expose you to a few ingredients that can help you in dandruff treatment from the comfort of your home.
Lemon Juice Rinse
The fungus Malassezia, naturally found on the skin surface, has been associated with a number of dermatological disorders including dandruff. Lemon is very rich in flavonoids which are known for their antibacterial activity and thus helps in inhibiting the growth of these species. Lemon also helps at balancing pH levels and reducing the excess oils on the scalp that can be a factor in dandruff. A mild lemon juice rinse can effectively cleanse away residual soap or chemicals that can cause itching and flaking. Using lemon on dandruff problems also provide an antibacterial action.
Egg Whites Wash
The proteins present in egg white have been shown to possess strong antimicrobial properties, especially against fungus and bacteria’s. This presents a great window in the treatment of dandruff. Although, most proteins in egg white offer antimicrobial activity, lysozyme, one of the most important enzymes present in egg white, stands out above all in this regard. Lysozyme initiates events of cell death (among bacteria and fungi) by breaking their cell wall and thus exposing the weak cell membrane to the environment causing reduction in the dandruff causing fungi.
The germicide, disinfectant, anti-microbial and insecticide properties of camphor oil has been attributed to the reduction of the severity of dandruff. This is often achieved through a mechanism attributed to the disturbance of microbial membranes, disrupting the proton motive force, electron flow, and active transport and resulting in the coagulation of intracellular contents. Camphor extracts acts on fungi through the inhibition of production of vital components of their cell membrane. This disrupts the permeability of the fungal cell membrane, and inhibits the activity of the yeast. This further leads to fewer new cells that are made in the scalp, and thus prevents the creation of dandruff.
Fatty acids and their derivatives present in coconut oil help to disrupt the lipid membranes of the microorganisms and thus rendering them inactive. Coconut oil contains 3 different types of fatty acids: caprylic acid; capric acid; and lauric acid. All these possess potent antifungal properties. Lauric acid, especially, is potent against natural yeast. When acted upon by certain enzymes, the body has the tendency to convert lauric acid into monocaprin and monolaurin. Both are strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial substances. What makes lauric acid so potent against dandruff is that it also kills viruses, bacteria and fungi that are enveloped in aphospholipid membrane.
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