Natural remedies and solutions – the best ways to get rid of dandruff in winter.
We all know that dandruff is an itchy, embarrassing problem. But did you know that dandruff can actually worsen in winter? For many people, the cold weather brings with it an increase in flakes, itchiness, and general dandruff misery.
Wearing a black top will have you constantly checking yourself in mirrors. Being intimate while having dandruff will leave you self conscious and unable to fully enjoy the moment.
Why is Dandruff Worse in Winter?
Dandruff is caused by a variety of things, including dry skin, excess oil on the scalp, and a build-up of dead skin cells. All of these things can be made worse by cold weather. Dry air sucks the moisture out of your skin, which can lead to flaking.
If your skin and scalp tend to be oilier in winter (also a symptom of being dry), the cold weather can cause your sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, leading to even more oil and flakes. Indoor heating, which you’re exposed to more in the winter time, can also lead to a dry scalp and more dandruff.
How to Get Rid of Dandruff in Winter
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Dandruff
- Use a mild shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly. Avoid using hot water, as it can strip your scalp of its natural oils and worsen dandruff.
- Massage your scalp with a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing.
- Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo before washing your hair. Tea tree oil has antifungal properties and can help control dandruff.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A diet lacking in certain nutrients has been linked to dandruff.
- Brush your hair regularly to help distribute the oils from your scalp and keep dandruff flakes at bay.
- Avoid using hair products that contain alcohol, as they can dry out your scalp and make dandruff worse.
- Avoid scratching your scalp, as this can irritate your skin and make dandruff worse.
- It’s generally recommended to shampoo your hair every 3-4 days. If your dandruff is severe, you may want to shampoo more often.
- Give yourself a homemade hot oil treatment. Warm up 3-5 tablespoons of any cooking or essential oil. Spread evenly over the scalp and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo and condition as usual.
Medicated Shampoos and Conditioner
If natural remedies aren’t enough to get rid of your winter dandruff for good, there are several medicated dandruff shampoos and conditioners available over the counter. Some common active ingredients found in these products include pyrithione zinc, selenium sulfide, and tar. These ingredients can help control the growth of yeast on the scalp and reduce dandruff flakes.
It’s important to follow the instructions on the product label and not use more than the recommended amount. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a dandruff shampoo that is formulated for sensitive scalp. It’s also a good idea to avoid using a medicated dandruff shampoo more often than recommended, as overuse can lead to dryness and irritation.
If you have tried over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and conditioners and they are not effective, you may want to speak with a dermatologist. They can recommend a stronger product or suggest other treatment options.
Can Other People Notice My Dandruff?
If standing close to other people, they most likely will notice your dandruff. If your dandruff is severe, or if you have dark hair, the flakes may be more visible. Wearing a dark shirt or jacket can also make dandruff more noticeable.
To minimize the amount of dandruff that can be seen, it’s best to not scratch or touch your hair too often. It may be a habit to try to brush the dandruff off your head and clothing, but the more you mess with it the worse it’ll appear. You can also try more voluminous hairstyles or side parts where less of the scalp can be seen. If all else fails and you can’t get rid of dandruff right away, just throw on a hat and call it a sporty day.