Dandruff may be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis ,Sjogren’s Syndrome,EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement,Liver Congestion, Vitamin B6 Need, Hypothyroidism, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia.
Hypothyroidism can manifest as dry, flaky skin.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease in which skin cells replicate at a rapid rate. Although the symptoms of psoriasis – silvery scales covering reddened areas of the scalp – appear similar to dandruff, psoriasis is very different. New skin cells are produced about 10 times faster than normal, but the rate at which old cells are shed is unchanged. Live cells then accumulate and form the thick patches covered with flaking skin.
C: EFA Need
A diet low in essential fatty acids can result in skin problems, such as dandruff.
D: Liver Congestion
Causes of Liver Dysfunction :
- Fried foods, animal fats, hydrogenated vegetable fat (margarine, etc.), too much vegetable oil, and roasted nuts all congest the liver.
- The tannic acid in tea and BHA (a common food additive) arebad for the liver.
- B vitamin deficiency can compromise the liver.
- Too much meat, gluten, or soy protein overworks the liver because the metabolism of protein creates ammonia as a byproduct, which the liver must convert it to urea for excretion by way of the kidneys.
- Refined sugar decreases the ability of the liver to breakdown excess triglycerides, which causes elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
- Artificial sweeteners have caused liver damage.
- Alcohol causes cirrhosis of the liver.
- Tobacco and caffeine are also detoxified by the liver and can overwork it.
- Ferrous sulfate as an iron supplement can damage the liver.
- Strong medications, cleaning solutions, soaps, deodorants, birth control pills, pesticides, herbicides, food additives, polluted air and water, etc. can overtax the liver and damage it.
- Cortisone, carbon tetrachloride and tetracycline can all cause liver damage.
- Medical drugs of all kinds are another important cause of liver disease.
- Compromise of other organs
- Pressure on the nerve from the spinal cord to the liver can cause liver dysfunction.
- Problems with the other organs of elimination (colon, kidneys, lungs, or skin) can overload the liver by giving it more work to do.
- A major cause of liver dysfunction is a clogged, toxic bowel resulting in constipation. This overworks the liver causing it to be congested and sluggish.
E: Vitamin B6 Need
A vitamin B6 deficiency can cause dandruff.
Drugstore remedies might include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; ketoconazole, which also fights fungus; coal tar and selenium sulfide, which slow the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes so they can be washed away. For natural treatments, read on.
Tea tree oil
One study showed that shampoos with just 5 percent tea tree oil significantly improves the severity of dandruff. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo as you wash normally.
Apple cider vinegar
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Follow with your regular conditioner. Mouthwash’s anti-fungal properties help prevent dandruff-causing yeast from growing.
The abrasiveness of ordinary table salt works great for scrubbing out dandruff flakes before you shampoo. Grab a saltshaker and shake some salt onto your dry scalp. Then work it through your hair, giving your scalp a massage. You’ll find you’ve worked out the dry, flaky skin and are ready for a shampoo.
An overnight olive oil soak is a folk remedy for dandruff. Massage about 10 drops into your scalp and cover with a shower cap overnight. Follow your regular shampoo routine in the morning. For a quicker cure, look for a shampoo that contains olive oil.