Aloe Vera for dandruff might be just the solution you have been seeking. If you are dreaming of a healthy, comfortable scalp with soft, shiny hair, keep reading. . . .
Are you suffering with dandruff? Red, itchy scalp with a snowfall of embarrassing skin flakes making your life a misery? You are not alone. It is said that 50 million Americans suffer from this annoying complaint, and most people will get it at some point in their lives.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are six main causes of dandruff:
1. Simple Dry Skin
2. Seborrheic Dermatitis - Oily, Red, Irritated Skin
3. A yeast/fungus called Malessezia
4. Skin Conditions such as Eczema or Psoriasis
5. Not washing hair often enough - not sure we believe this one!!!!
6. Contact Dermatitis - allergy or sensitivity to hair products
Aloe Vera has soothing and moisturising properties which is why it is included in so many creams, conditioners and even our facial tissues, so that’s Number 1. TICK
A paper published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment in 1999 proved that Aloe Vera is effective in treating Seborrheic Dermatitis - the improvements were way above those in the non-treatment group! Yay Aloe Vera! Number 2 – SOLVED!
Aloe Vera has anti-fungal properties, which is why it is also great for yeast infections, candida and athlete's foot. So if your dandruff is type 3, it will work too.
Eczema and Psoriasis are also conditions where Aloe Vera gel has also been shown to be highly effective. Number 4. TICK
Aloe Vera shampoos are the answer to Numbers 5 and 6. You'll love your shampoo so much you'll want to use it more! Choose a shampoo and conditioner that are high in AV gel, and which don't have lots of nasty chemicals and preservatives, and you should find that your sensitivity is reduced.
Of particular concern are methylisothiazolinone which is a known allergen and toxin, parabens and propylene glycol (skin irritants), and sodium lauryl & laureth sulfate which have been linked to cancer and are also skin irritants. It does make you wonder why the put them in so many products which are meant for the SKIN??
(Some people are allergic to Aloe Vera though, so do a test on a small patch of skin before using).
So that’s all six causes of dandruff solved with one amazing plant! No wonder they call it the miracle plant.
The Aloe Vera in the gel and the shampoo will help to:
If your Dandruff is the fungal variety, you may find this recipe helpful too:
If you can't face making your own, these are two great products which will do the job!
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