Easy ways to ditch an itchy scalp

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Snigdha Ahuja snigdha. ahuja@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

While the rains fill the air with ro­mance, your closet with um­brel­las and your wardrobe with pop-hued gum boots, it’s a big downer for your skin. Like ev­ery shift in sea­son, mon­soon also begets beauty ail­ments, no mat­ter how hard you try to avoid them.

Itchy scalp

Dry­ness is not only a win­ter prob­lem, ir­ri­ta­ble skin can also be a re­sult of hu­mid­ity in the air. A com­mon prob­lem many of us face is dan­druff or a flaky scalp that comes off in your hand when you try to itch. If the dan­druff falls on your face, it can lead to acne and oilin­duced pim­ples. “Dan­druff is a re­ac­tion to the fun­gus that nat­u­rally lives on the skin and the scalp. It causes skin flak­ing, itch­ing and oily scalp. Look for a sham­poo that con­tains coal tar. This el­e­ment (in­cluded in a lot of med­i­cated sham­poos avail­able online and across cos­metic stores) will ex­fo­li­ate the dead skin cells and re­duce the in­flam­ma­tion caused by dan­druff,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Ki­ran Lo­hia. Der­ma­tol­o­gist and hair ex­pert So­nia Man­gal adds, “The ex­ces­sive dan­druff may ex­tend to eye­brows, eye­lashes, be­hind the ears and some­times, even the chest. Apart from smart sham­poo­ing, avoid ex­ces­sive oil­ing.”

DIY cures

Start curb­ing an itchy scalp at home. “Ap­ply a mix­ture of onion, gar­lic and ap­ple cider vine­gar on your scalp and wash it off. Also, wash your towel, comb and pil­low cover us­ing a mild de­ter­gent, then dip them in an­ti­sep­tic so­lu­tion, rinse and dry un­der the sun af­ter ev­ery hair­wash to do away with in­fec­tions,” ad­vises beauty ex­pert Ishika Taneja. Man­gal sug­gests, “In­clude cer­tain in­gre­di­ents in your hair packs. Aloe vera is anti-in­flam­ma­tory. Le­mon is also use­ful, as it has cit­ric and acetic acids that have great an­ti­sep­tic, anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Lo­hia adds, “Di­lute a few drops of tea tree oil in cas­tor oil and ap­ply it to the scalp once or twice a week.”

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