Treating Dandruff with Baking Soda
Dear reader, here is a simple remedy that will help you avoid dandruff, and save a lot of money and discomfort.
There was a time when I thought I would have to live with persistent dandruff for the rest of my life. This manifestation of seborrheic dermatitis had been my unwanted companion for over twenty years. My dandruff was usually accompanied by signs of eczema such as flaking or scaling in the eyebrows, sides of the nose, and the groin.
I tried every remedy and medication in the book; shampoo containing salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, or coal tar. I also tried antifungal treatments or steroid lotions which are rubbed onto the affected areas. I even tried steroid lotions and creams when my dandruff got really bad.
Despite all of this effort and expenditure, nothing seemed to work. Then, I learned that my diet must have been the main cause of this annoying skin condition. Consequently, I changed my diet by eliminating most grains and cereals, especially, those containing gluten such as wheat, barley, and rye. I also cut down on sugar and most starchy foods. This change brought about a significant reduction in the severity and frequency of my dandruff, but it did not get rid of it completely.
Then, one day, I tried rubbing a little baking soda with water on my scalp, and I waited with bated breath for positive results. The amount I used was one tablespoonful diluted in a glass of water. Well, the baking soda did the trick! It worked wonders! My dandruff went away for good. However, if you want this solution to be permanent, you must use it at least twice a week. You must also allow some of the baking soda to stay in your scalp after drying it off.
Experts say that the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda changes the pH on the surface of the skin making it impossible for fungi and bacteria to live in such an environment. Furthermore, baking soda will take care of unpleasant body odor and flaking and scaling of other affected areas of your skin.