Dandruff and Pregnancy: Treat It Naturally
Go ahead and get back in your little black dress or your favorite dark work suit because the dandruff that might have plagued you since your pregnancy can actually be treated naturally and easily.
Why Do We Get Dandruff?
Dandruff is common during pregnancy because of all of the changes that happen with your hormones and skin. Dandruff happens as a result of inflammation of the top layers of the skin which causes scales, itchiness and those embarrassing little white flakes of skin that end up all over your shoulders. Dandruff can also get worse and be aggravated by certain hair and skin products that break down the oils that you need to keep your scalp healthy and flake-free.
Treating Dandruff Naturally
You don’t have to live with flakes you know. There are all kinds of natural things that you can do to keep your scalp healthy, your mane looking fine and your shoulders free of flakes. Here are just a few.
• Cutting down on sugars and chocolates as well as an intake of fatty foods is helpful. Also make sure that your plate has lots of green leafy veggies and raw foods.
• Biotin is a popular method of treating dandruff. It’s a water-soluble member of the Vitamin B family and it breaks down the fats, carbohydrates and proteins. With a typical dosage being 3000 mcg twice a day this will sure do the trick. You can even find Biotin in your pantry by eating enriched foods as whole grains, egg yolks, cauliflower, mushrooms and bananas. Vitamin B1 and B2, Omega-6 and Zinc are very effective in treating dandruff so make sure they are a part of your regular vitamin intake.
• Hit your health food store and grab a bottle of Grapefruit Seed Extract. Only a few drops to your regular shampoo will do the trick.
• Use Tea Tree Oil. You can find tea tree oil based shampoos, or just add a few drops of tea tree oil to your own shampoo. (advised to consult with your doctor before using tea tree oil in pregnancy)
• Selenium. Use selenium based shampoo; this works as a fantastic anti-fungal agent and makes sure that your scalp is properly hydrated.
• Apple Cider Vinegar. After you have filled your cup with some (bottoms up!), make sure that you leave some aside for your scalp. Drench your scalp with apple cider vinegar and wrap your hair in a towel for an hour. Then wash it out.
• Flaxseed Oil or Vitamin E Oil. Before going to bed, apply these oils directly to your scalp, sleep on it, and then wash it away in the morning. Just be sure that your favorite pillow is covered in a towel, as it tends to stain the fabric.
• Olive Oil or Coconut Oil is a brilliant way of keeping your scalp (and your hair) fabulous. Apply it directly to your scalp (and even your hair) and keep it on for the day. Wash it out at night. This tip is a popular remedy in India.
• Aloe Vera. Rub Aloe Vera directly to your scalp before you wash your hair and you’ll see some great results.
With these easy at home tips, you will be able to walk with your head held high like you did before pregnancy decided to wreak havoc on your scalp!