Nothing is worse than an itchy scalp with embarrassing white flakes falling all over the place. But those dry, white flakes of skin you brush off your collar or shoulders — is harmless. Dandruff really isn’t about your hair, or how often you wash it. Instead, it’s about the skin on your scalp.
Skin cells that grow and die off too fast are the problem. Exactly why that happens isn’t clear. A very common fungus called malassezia may contribute to dandruff. This fungus lives on the scalp of most healthy adults without causing any problems. One theory is that the immune system of someone with dandruff may overreact to that fungus.
So, if you are like me, your first reaction is to grab some medicated shampoo and wash your scalp to get rid of them. But did you know you can make your own dandruff shampoo? Yes, you can and you only need one simple item out of your medicine cabinet: Aspirin.
2 tablets of aspirin
To combat dandruff, simply add 2 crushed/powdered aspirins and add it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo. Expensive dandruff shampoo contains salicylic acid which is present in aspirin, so it works the same way sans the hefty price tags when you buy the store-bought dandruff shampoo.
It will act quickly to exfoliate your scalp and clear the grime at a fraction of the cost. Use this dandruff shampoo for a few days and your flakes will start to clear up!
Dandruff may get worse when you’re stressed. Cold, dry winters can trigger dandruff or make it worse, too. One common cause is seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea. Some people with dandruff may also have seborrheic dermatitis in other areas of the body, such as their ears and the center of the face.
Caution: Don’t use aspirin if you are allergic to it.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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