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.