Natural, effective, science-backed method to resolve the hard-to-eradicate fungal infection that causes dandruff of the scalp, eyebrows, nose, and beard area without resorting to anti-dandruff shampoos with toxic ingredients.
Dandruff is a very common problem affecting at least one in every five people. Although it primarily involves constantly flaking skin on the scalp, it can also affect the eyebrows, nose, beard area, and even the chest.
Sometimes, when the flaking skin appears in areas other than the scalp such as the chest, it might be treated as eczema, which can produce similar flaky skin symptoms.
Real Cause of Dandruff
Contrary to popular belief, the cause of dandruff is not dry skin or poor hygiene. While cold weather can exacerbate the symptoms, it is not the cause either.
Dandruff is triggered by an infection with Pityrosporum ovale (P. ovale), a fungus that thrives on the scalp and other areas of skin with numerous hair follicles.
Genetic susceptibility to the fungus can also play a factor.
This fungus is very small and quite difficult to eradicate from the body once it gains a foothold!
Acne on the forehead, neck, and back can also be triggered by this pathogenic yeast.
Fungal infections can more easily take hold after a round of antibiotics or regular use of the dozens of other pharmaceuticals like the birth control pill that disrupt gut flora, allowing systemic fungus issues to spread to other areas of the body.
Antibiotics kill pathogenic bacteria but have no effect on fungus. Hence, a round of antibiotics gives pathogenic yeasts unchecked opportunity to quickly grow and take over dominance from beneficial microbes that are killed off.
Since children today have on average 17 rounds of antibiotics by age 20, problems with intractable fungal infections of the scalp are only getting worse as time goes on. (1)
Toxicity of Anti-Dandruff Shampoos
Conventional dermatologists typically recommend anti-dandruff shampoos to resolve the problem. If over-the-counter versions don’t work, stronger products are available by prescription.
Because the fungus that causes dandruff can develop resistance to one type of chemical, rotating brands of anti-dandruff shampoos is typically advised.
Dermatologist Dr. Jean Buhac suggests to:
Use one for two weeks another two weeks and do a rotation with maybe three or four types because there are different ingredients and different shampoos. (2)
The substances used as the active ingredient in these products commonly include:
- zinc pyrithione
- coal tar
- ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- selenium disulfide
All of these anti-dandruff chemicals are toxic!
For example, ketoconazole is a known endocrine disruptor, coal tar is carcinogenic, and selenium disulfide is classified by the EPA as hazardous. (3-6)
Not to mention the “inactive” ingredients in these shampoos such as sodium laureth sulfate among many others are also toxic! (7)
Hence, it’s not just the individual toxicity of each chemical that is at issue. The greatest concern is the untested synergistic toxicity of all the ingredients together.
And … these shampoos are typically used every day! So, exposure is constant, and since the fungus is never completely eradicated, never-ending.
Resolving Dandruff Naturally…and for GOOD!
Once a person realizes just how toxic anti-dandruff shampoos, creams, salves, and other products truly are, they frequently turn to natural anti-fungals for safe at-home treatment.
Of these, good quality brands of virgin coconut oil are the easiest to use.
Simply slather a few tablespoons into the scalp and massage in for a minute or two. Leave on for as long as possible, but a minimum of 20-30 minutes. If you are able to wrap your head in a towel and leave overnight, so much the better.
Shampoo out and notice how your dandruff problems are significantly improved! Repeat as often as necessary.
Healing Severe Dandruff
For severe cases of dandruff or situations where the flaky skin keeps coming back even after repeated applications of virgin coconut oil, the best and most effective remedy is allicin supplements.
Allicin is the most powerful active ingredient in fresh garlic cloves. And, unlike anti-fungal chemicals in anti-dandruff shampoos, pathogenic yeasts do not develop a resistance to it over time.
But, don’t try to use garlic cloves alone, as you are going to need A LOT of them!
One capsule of a therapeutic strength allicin supplement contains 360 mg of allicin, the same amount as 68 garlic cloves!
Note that garlic supplements are not the same thing as they do not contain much if any allicin. They contain precursors that the body must convert into allicin but this depends on the prevailing stomach conditions and may take several hours to accomplish.
Similarly, garlic oil supplements are produced by distilling fresh garlic, the oil that is produced is then diluted and placed into a capsule. This destroys most, if not all of the available allicin.
Make Your Own SAFE Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Here’s how to resolve dandruff using therapeutic strength allicin.
- Open 2 capsules of therapeutic strength allicin and mix the powder with a quarter-sized squirt of nontoxic shampoo.
- Mix the powder and shampoo together in your palm.
- Shampoo as usual.
- Repeat every day for one month.
- During this same month of external treatment, swallow one capsule of therapeutic strength allicin with water every day. You can take with or without meals.
At the end of the month, continue taking one capsule daily of a lower dose allicin supplement internally for general health maintenance and to keep the fungus from returning.
(1) Missing Microbes: How Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
(2) One in Every Five People Suffer from Dandruff
(3) Zinc Pyrithione
(4) Coal Tar
(6) Selenium Disulfide
(7) Sodium Laureth Sulfate