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Home remedies: Tips for dealing with dandruff

From Mayo Clinic News Network, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp. It isn't contagious or serious, but it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.

The good news is that dandruff usually can be controlled. Mild cases of dandruff may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. More-stubborn cases of dandruff often respond to medicated shampoos.


In addition to regular shampooing, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing dandruff:

-- Learn to manage stress.

Stress affects your overall health, making you susceptible to a number of conditions and diseases. It can even help trigger dandruff or worsen existing symptoms.


-- Shampoo often.

If you tend to have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may help prevent dandruff.

-- Get a little sun.

Sunlight may be good for dandruff. But because exposure to ultraviolet light damages your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer, don't sunbathe. Instead, just spend a little time outdoors. And be sure to wear sunscreen on your face and body.


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