Lemon for dandruff: after all, does this homemade technique really work?

 Lemon for dandruff: after all, does this homemade technique really work?

Lena Fisher

Use lemon for dandruff is just one of many home-made techniques that we can find on the Internet when looking for solutions to get rid of the white spots on the head.

According to trichologist Adriano Almeida, using the juice of the citrus fruit can be effective against seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, but can also offer health risks.

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Is it possible to use lemon for dandruff after all?

It's not new that people say that lemon can be a good ally in the fight against dandruff But, after all, does this technique work?

According to Almeida, fruit can really do away with the white spots. Here's why:

"Lemon changes the pH of the region where it is applied, hindering the vitality and spread of fungi and bacteria, including those that cause dandruff," he explains.

Although it is an effective trick, however, the professional does not recommend that it be used.

This is because the fruit can yield some health risks to the scalp, in particular phytophotodermatosis.

This is a dermatosis - a persistent allergic manifestation - that happens from the combination of contact of a photosensitizing plant on the skin and exposure to the sun.

The typical example of this problem is the lemon burn .

"However, the technique can still cause itching, blisters, and wounds on the scalp," warns the doctor.

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How to treat dandruff

According to Almeida, the most indicated treatment to end this problem is the use of anti-dandruff shampoos .

"I do not recommend home-made recipes for this purpose, so because it is fungus and bacteria, the treatment can be simple, just by using shampoo," he says.

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"The most indicated and safest products, in turn, are those based on ketoconazole, celamine or other antifungals."

It is worth pointing out, however, that pregnant and lactating women should not use antifungal products without medical advice.

The ideal, therefore, is to always seek a professional to assess the condition individually and indicate the best treatment.

Source: Adriano Almeida, trichologist, professor of hair transplants, and President of the Brazilian Hair Society, in São Paulo.

Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.