How Can I Remove Dandruff Permanently? Home Remedies

How Can I Remove Dandruff Permanently? Home Remedies

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Did you know that 50% of people worldwide struggle with dandruff? Itchy scalp and flaking are the main symptoms of this disease, but it may cause other symptoms such as oily patches on the scalp and tingling of the skin.
The most critical causes of dandruff are:

  1.  dry skin,
  2. seborrheic dermatitis,
  3. sensitivity to hair products,
  4. and the growth of certain types of fungi that live on the scalp.

While many over-the-counter anti-dandruff products and shampoos treat dandruff, natural remedies can also be effective.

In this article from drhealthandbeauty, some simple home remedies to treat dandruff are presented; 

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Home remedies for dandruff

  •  tea tree oil; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Historically, tea tree oil has been used to treat conditions ranging from acne to psoriasis. Tea tree oil has also been shown to have potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms of dandruff.
    In fact, according to a reputable study, tea tree oil is effective in fighting a specific type of fungus that can cause seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Another 4-week study examined the effects of tea tree oil on dandruff by treating 126 subjects daily with shampoo containing 5% tea tree oil or a placebo. At the end of the study, tea tree oil reduced the severity of symptoms by 41 percent and improved oiliness and itching.

Note that tea tree oil can cause itching in people with sensitive skin. Adding a few drops to a carrier oil such as coconut oil is best before applying directly to the skin.

tea tree oil
  •  Coconut oil; Home Remedies for Remove Dandruff
    Few people do not know about the benefits of coconut oil for skin and hair, but coconut oil is not only good for skin and hair; it is also often used as a home remedy for dandruff. Coconut oil helps to improve skin hydration and prevents it from drying out, making dandruff worse.
    A small study of 34 people found that coconut oil was as effective as mineral oil in improving skin hydration. Other research has shown that coconut oil can help treat eczema, which may cause dandruff. One study compared the effects of coconut and mineral oil on atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema characterized by itching and inflammation.

They are applying coconut oil to the skin for eight weeks reduced symptoms by 68% in people, while only 38% of people in the mineral oil group saw improvement in their dandruff. Coconut oil and its compounds have also been shown to have antimicrobial properties in some test-tube tests. However, the effects are limited to the specific type of fungus that causes dandruff.

Coconut oil and dandruff
  • Aloe Vera; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Aloe vera is a succulent frequently added to skin ointments, cosmetics, and moisturizers. Many people believe that when applied to the skin, aloe vera helps treat skin conditions such as burns, psoriasis, and cold sores. ( you may also be interested in “Skin Blemishes to worry about“)

Aloe vera can also help in the treatment of dandruff. According to research, it has been proven that aloe vera’s anti-bacterial and antifungal properties can help protect against dandruff. Similarly, a laboratory study found that aloe vera is effective against several types of fungi and may help control fungal infections that cause hair loss caused by dandruff.

Related: “Home Remedies For Hair Fall And Regrowth

This study has also shown that aloe vera can reduce inflammation. Since inflammation is one of the symptoms of dandruff, aloe vera is a good solution for treating dandruff.

Aloe Vera for dandruff
  • Reduce your stress
    It is believed that stress affects a person’s many physical and mental aspects. Although stress does not cause dandruff, it can aggravate symptoms such as dry and itchy scalp. Long-term stress may suppress the immune system. A weak immune system can reduce your body’s ability to fight certain fungal infections and skin conditions that cause dandruff.
    A study of 82 people with seborrheic dermatitis found that excessive stress was one of the most common causes of dandruff. Try some stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or aromatherapy, to manage stress levels.
  • Apple cider vinegar; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Add apple cider vinegar to your diet. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits. These benefits include improved insulin sensitivity and weight loss. Apple cider vinegar is often used as a natural dandruff treatment because the acidity of the vinegar helps stimulate the shedding of dead skin cells on the scalp. Apple cider vinegar is also said to reduce fungus growth by balancing the skin’s pH, thus fighting dandruff. However, no studies support these claims, and many of the benefits of apple cider vinegar for dandruff are based on anecdotal evidence.
    If you want to try apple cider vinegar, add a few tablespoons to your shampoo or mix it with other essential oils and spray directly on your hair.
Apple cider vinegar for dandruff
  • Aspirin; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Salicylic acid is one of the main ingredients in aspirin, responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to being found in aspirin, salicylic acid is also found in many anti-dandruff shampoos. It removes loose skin by helping to remove flaky skin.
    In one study, 19 people with dandruff used two shampoos containing piroctone olamine and salicylic acid or zinc pyrithione. Both shampoos reduced dandruff after four weeks, but the shampoo containing salicylic acid was more effective in reducing the severity of flaking.

Another study found that a shampoo containing salicylic acid was similarly effective as a prescription medication in treating seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Try crushing two aspirin tablets and adding the powder to your shampoo before washing your hair to treat dandruff.

Aspirin for dandruff
  • Increasing consumption of Omega 3; Home Remedies for Remove Dandruff
    Omega 3 fatty acids play an essential role in the body. They make up the cell membranes that surround your cells and are essential in the function of your heart, immune system, and lungs. Omega-3 fatty acids are also vital for skin health. They help in oil production and hydration, heal wounds and prevent premature aging. ( In that regard reading the article “Skin Cycling Routine Morning And Night” will be useful ) 

A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can cause many symptoms, including dry hair, dry skin, and even dandruff. Omega-3 fatty acids can also reduce scalp inflammation, which may help relieve symptoms of burning and dandruff.

Fatty fish such as salmon, salmon, and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. You can also take a fish oil supplement or increase your intake of other omega-3-rich foods such as flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

Omega 3 for dandruff
  • Increasing consumption of probiotics; Home Remedies for Remove Dandruff
    Probiotics are a type of bacteria beneficial to health. Probiotics have many potential benefits, including protection against allergies, lowering cholesterol levels, and weight loss. Probiotics may also help boost the immune system, which can help the body fight fungal infections that cause dandruff.
    One study found that taking probiotics for 56 days significantly reduced the severity of dandruff in 60 people. Probiotics have also been shown to help reduce the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, especially in infants and children. Probiotics are available in supplement form for quick and convenient dosing. They can also be found in various fermented foods such as kombucha, kimchi, tempeh, sauerkraut, and natto.
probiotics for dandruff
  • Baking soda; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Baking soda, found in every kitchen, is a quick, convenient, and readily available remedy to help treat dandruff. Baking soda is believed to act as a gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reduce scaling and itching. Baking soda also has antifungal properties that can help treat dandruff.
    In a laboratory study, the antifungal effects of baking soda on the most common types of fungi that cause skin infections were investigated. Baking soda could inhibit fungal growth in 79% of samples after seven days.

Another study examined baking soda’s effects on 31 people with psoriasis. Baking soda bath treatment significantly reduced itching and irritation after only three weeks.

Baking soda for dandruff
  • Olive oil; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Regarding health and good things for the body, olive oil is also a part of the story. A nightly oil is a traditional dandruff treatment. Take olive oil from the jar and massage it on the scalp for 10 minutes; cover your head with a colored or swimming cap, and leave it overnight until morning. Take a regular bath in the morning. In order to have a faster effect, you can use a shampoo that contains olive oil.
  • Removing dandruff with lemon; Home Remedies for Remove dandruff
    If you already have access to lemons, you may have a dandruff treatment in your fridge. Just massage two tablespoons of lemon juice on your scalp and wash it with water. Then pour one teaspoon of lemon juice into a glass of water and wash your head with it. Repeat this every day until the dandruff is completely gone. The acidity of lime helps to balance the scalp’s pH, which helps to eliminate dandruff.
Olive oil for dandruff
  • Henna; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Henna has long been the focus of people to strengthen hair. Using henna for the home treatment of oily dandruff is a highly suitable solution that has an immediate effect, and you can see its effect after using this substance once. Also, for home treatment of fungal dandruff, you can use this substance in different masks to quickly remove dandruff.
  • Sesame oil; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    Sesame oil has moisturizing, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties. Therefore, it prevents the occurrence of skin infections on the head and thus eliminates dandruff. For the home treatment of children’s dandruff, apply some sesame oil on the child’s head and massage it for 10 minutes, and then wash the child’s hair with shampoo and lukewarm water.
Henna for dandruff
  •  Fenugreek seeds; Home Remedies for Remove Dandruff
    Beat two spoons of fenugreek seeds that you soaked the night before. Heat some mustard oil and grind the henna leaves in it. After it cools down, add the fenugreek seeds that you prepared earlier.
    Strain the mixture and apply it to your hair an hour before going to the bathroom and shampooing.
  •  Garlic; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    The antimicrobial properties of garlic help eliminate the bacteria that cause dandruff. Crush the garlic and apply it on the scalp. To avoid the foul smell of garlic, mix it with honey and massage the hair with this mixture before washing.
Garlic for dandruff
  • Yogurt; Home Remedies for Removing Dandruff
    We have presented the last one as the best natural dandruff treatment for you. According to a 2017 study of 60 healthy men aged 18 to 60, eating yogurt significantly reduced the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe dandruff. This study shows that positive effects can be caused by yogurt probiotics and their effect on the skin’s immune system and skin barrier.

How to make a yogurt mask to treat dandruff
First method: Apply yogurt on your scalp and let it stay for 20 minutes to take effect and then wash your head.

Second method: Mix yogurt and lemon; you can add honey to moisturize the scalp. Apply this mixture on your scalp with your fingers, then wash your head after 20 minutes.

Other things to prevent dandruff

Other things help control dandruff. These are as follows:

  1. stress control
    Follow a healthy diet.
    Regular use of shampoo and the absence of pollution in the hair
    Not exposing hair to the sun without covering
    Limited use of hair dyes, hair dryers, or tools that damage the hair
    Do not wash your hair with hot water. Because the hair’s natural protective oils are lost, it is preferable to wash the hair with cold water.
  2. Do not dry the hair with a hair dryer because it will damage the hair cuticle and dry and burn the hair. Let the hair dry naturally, or gently dry the hair with a towel.
  3. Regular haircutting can guarantee hair health against hair loss and dandruff.
  4. Poor nutrition, smoking, stress, and lack of vitamins affect hair quality.
  5. Do not comb the hair backward; it will cause the hair roots to be stretched.
  6. Get to know your hair and prepare shampoo according to your hair type, and do not use any shampoo to wash your hair.
  7. Do not use plastic elastics and metal clips. Elastics with a fabric cover are more suitable.
  8. Take care of hair against sunlight.
  9. Do not use hair shining and hair conditioning oils. You can use natural oils like olive oil.
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Although dandruff is not a dangerous disease, it often causes anger and embarrassment. There are many anti-dandruff shampoos and home remedies to treat dandruff. drhealthandbeauty doctors suggest that you start with the home remedies for dandruff treatment mentioned in this article, and if you do not get the desired result, go to dandruff treatment products and a dermatologist.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.