Dandruff is a condition that on your scalp causes to flake. It can be annoying and difficult to treat though not considered a serious condition. Recommended dandruff treatments often include adding vitamins to your diet or using a medicated shampoo. However, as a solution, some online forums and home remedies call for lemons.
As with many citrus fruits, essential vitamins, lemons are rich in antioxidants and citric acid. This combination of vitamins has a reputation for boosting maintaining hair health and the immune system. Keep reading to find out how to use it and possible side effects plus if lemon juice is effective at improving dandruff symptoms.
What causes dandruff?
Let’s look at what causes dandruff, before evaluating the benefits of using lemon to treat dandruff. A yeast-like fungus that feeds on the oils present on the scalp, many cases of dandruff are caused by the presence of Malassezia. Malassezia generally causes minimal issues unless it’s present in excess, similar to other natural fungi.
Too much of this fungus can cause the skin to become irritated and dry out. The result is dry skin and other dandruff disorders. Another cause of dandruff is sensitivity to hair products. Resulting in contact dermatitis, allergies and irritants in certain products can cause inflammation in the scalp. This condition can leave behind an itchy, red and scaly rash.
Other causes of dandruff include:
- Other Skin Conditions, Such as Psoriasis, Seborrheic Dermatitis and Eczema
- Infrequent Shampooing
- Oily Skin
- Dry Skin
Can lemons treat dandruff?
Natural dandruff advocates of treatment believe lemons can:
- Provide citric acid, flavonoid, vitamin c and iron, all nutrients essential to skin and hair health.
- To keep dandruff balance the ph of the scalp at bay strengthen hair follicles.
- Eliminate excess oils in the scalp that lead to scalp flakes and buildup.
- According to a 2015 study, the citric acid present in lemon is a natural ph adjuster for the scalp.
Like lemon, shampoos often include citric fruits for their ability to adjust the scalp to a 5.5 pH and for their fragrant smell. This helps to:
- Inflammation on the skin and prevent any adverse reactions
- Maintain neutrality
- Reduce the risk of dandruff
In addition, lemons are rich in vitamin B and C. Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant properties that promote collagen production to help repair damaged skin cells, but also strengthen hair follicles.
Even on the scalp, vitamin B can also help to improve skin conditions. A 2017 study indicates that vitamin B deficiency can trigger skin rashes, seborrheic dermatitis and nail infection, one of the leading cause of dandruff.
How to use lemons to treat dandruff.
Talk with a doctor, before incorporating lemon juice or any other new product into your hair cleansing routine. If exposed to lemon you want to make sure you don’t have allergies or aren’t taking medications that could cause adverse reactions.
To the skin, many remedies suggest direct application of lemon juice. Apply the lemon juice to the scalp as a pre-shampoo treatment, rather than using it in place of shampoo or conditioner.
For a few minutes leave it on to allow the lemon to penetrate the hair follicles and skin. Afterwards, wash your hair and scalp with a mild shampoo and rinse it out with warm water. For consistent results, you can repeat this cycle every wash day.