A dry, itchy, flaky scalp is never something one wants to be dealing with, but the truth is that 1 to 3 percent of adults actually suffer from dandruff. If you have small, white scales falling onto your clothes and you can’t seem to stop scratching your scalp, you’re not alone. However, that doesn’t make it any less uncomfortable, or even worse, embarrassing, to deal with. Nearly everyone who has it will tell you that it feels like it never goes away or that they can’t seem to find the one thing that works for them to get dandruff to literally back off. We want you to go out feeling confident and to be able to wear black again without worrying about those pesky, white flakes. We’re getting to the root of the problem and what you can do to deal with and prevent dandruff from coming back again. Ahead, how to solve the common condition from both the inside and outside.

Use the Right Shampoo

Your shampoo could be a major factor as to why you’re getting so much dandruff. This is a simple fix because there are plenty of dandruff-focused shampoos available on the market. The good thing is that a lot of these shampoos also contain natural elements such as tea tree oil or peppermint to help lift and remove the dry particles from the scalp, while providing nutrients to restore the area. In more extreme cases, you will need to see a doctor for your condition and possibly be prescribed a medicated shampoo to restore your scalp. Review the ingredients of your shampoo to ensure you aren't using a product that could aggravate your dandruff further.

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And Wash Your Hair More Often…

Anyone who lives with dandruff lives with a lot of buildup on the outer layer of their scalp. While some may think that washing your hair more often will dry it out and make the condition worse, it actually won’t. Surprisingly enough, the actual cause of dandruff is too much oil on the scalp. The excess oil is what causes that buildup that leads to the flakes and itchiness, and therefore needs to be washed off. Consider washing your hair more often to see if there’s a noticeable difference at first.

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Try New Ingredients 

Sometimes the best remedies are already in your home, and that’s no different when it comes to tackling dandruff. Apple cider vinegar is a very well-known ingredient used for treating flakes and dryness. Other active natural ingredients such as shea butter, lemongrass oil, and aloe vera can help soothe the extreme dryness that occurs on the skin. Some additional popular remedies that many have claimed to help their dandruff are aspirin and baking soda. Crushing uncoated aspirin pills and mixing them with water or your shampoo and applying it directly onto your scalp will help exfoliate and remove those unwanted flakes. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is often found in many dandruff shampoo formulas. On the other hand, baking soda can also work as an exfoliant and has antifungal properties that can help prevent dandruff in the future. However, using baking soda too frequently can strip your hair of its natural oils.

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Check In With Yourself

Surprisingly enough, dandruff can also be a result of stress. We totally get it, we live in a stressful world and there’s not much time to unwind and slow down but it has to be done. Self-care is all the rage right now (as it should be), but we’re being serious when we say to take some time and check in with yourself. Stressful times weaken your body’s defense mechanisms, making it harder to heal from scalp irritation or any other underlying conditions. Therefore, while it’s not a direct cause of dandruff, it certainly doesn’t help. 

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Take a Daily Hair Vitamin 

Healthy skin, even on your scalp, can start from the inside out. What we mean is that you should consider stocking up on more vitamins and supplements that could help your condition and overall health. Some of the most common ones for helping heal dandruff are probiotics, sulfur, and zinc. Probiotics are phenomenal for your immune system and gut health and can help fight those fungal infections that lead to dandruff and other skin conditions. Sulfur is well-known for speeding recovery and reducing inflammation, which is typically present on a scalp affected by dandruff. Zinc, an important ingredient in our GRO Biotin Gummies for hair, is also well-known for preventing fungal growth and is very beneficial in the long-term when it comes to treating dandruff.