Dandruff, or pityriasis simplex capillitii is a scalp problem wherein a person’s scalp excessively sheds flakes of dead skin cells. Although the flaking and shedding of dead skin cells from one’s scalp is common (humans usually shed around 487,000 cells/cm2), dandruff sufferers experience an accelerated rate of flaking of the scalp (around 800,000/cm2). Now, dandruff is not really physically harmful. But who would want their scalps flaking and shedding skin as violently as last winter’s snowstorm? Having dandruff can also be a big fashion problem as you end up avoiding wearing black shirts or blouses. Dandruff sufferers also tend to avoid getting their faces (and their hair) too close to other people’s eyes, as it can be the subject of great ridicule.
Dandruff can easily be treated with medicated shampoos. However, these shampoos can either be too expensive, hurting your wallet, or too strong, hurting your scalp. Because of these reasons, you may want to choose to try cheaper alternatives you can do at home.
Believe it or not, Listerine is a cheap alternative to dandruff treatment. It was actually advertised in the 1930s that Listerine could eliminate dandruff because of its ingredients. If you would want to try this out, here is how you could treat your dandruff problem with Listerine.
- Gather your stuff. The first thing you would need to do is to get a new bottle of old-fashioned Listerine. This is the original yellow colored solution, and was advertised to work effectively against dandruff. Also get an atomizer or a spray bottle, and transfer your Listerine to this bottle. Finally, bring along your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
- Check for any broken skin or wounds along your scalp. Listerine is alcohol based, and will aggravate and sting your open wounds. If your scalp is currently wounded, avoid treating your dandruff until your skin is healed.
- Take a shower. Enter the shower and start showering as you normally would.
- Spray the Listerine on your hair. Be very liberal in spraying Listerine, making sure that your scalp is well covered by the mouthwash. Be careful not to let the Listerine get in your eyes as these can get very irritated when they make contact.
- Allow the Listerine to sit for a while. Let the Listerine sit for around 15 minutes to allow the mouthwash to penetrate your scalp. The eucalyptus oil in the mouthwash would kill the fungus causing dandruff, and at the same time, will have a soothing effect on your scalp.
- Wash your hair. Tilt your head back and wash your hair with water. At this point, you should continue your normal shower routine and wash your hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
- Repeat daily. The effects of Listerine, though fast, are not instantaneous and may take quite a few repetitions of this regimen.
And it’s as simple as that. If you still have continuing dandruff
problems after following the previous steps, it may be possible that you
would need more extreme treatment. Please do consult your doctor if
you’re still experiencing flaky scalp skin.