Debra Lynn Dadd

Dandruff Treatment



I'm wondering if anybody knows of an effective natural treatment for dandruff. I'm not talking about dry scalp- I'm talking about a severe scaly flaky fungal scalp problem. My husband has this problem and was using Nizoral shampoo for a long time, both prescription and OTC (the active ingredient is Ketoconazole, an anti-fungal).

The Nizoral helps a lot. The problem is that I can't tolerate the fragrance, and I am a little concerned about the safety of Ketoconazole (which I've researched). Therefore I'm looking for alternatives.

Additionally, some of the alternative or more natural shampoos I've seen contain sulfur ingredients, which I am very allergic to, so we probably better steer clear of those, too.

If it makes any difference, my husband has sensitive, fair, oily skin (prone to acne breakouts), and shares this scalp/skin situation with a couple of his family members (a genetic link perhaps). I'd appreciate any suggestions!

Thanks! Katie in CA



Readers? Your suggestions?

My husband has dandruff off and on, and when he does, he simply eats more raw vegetables and it goes away. So perhaps dandruff is a signal from the body that something is amiss and needs correcting, rather than cause to use a toxic consumer product.

Debra :-)



I agree with the nutritional suggestion. Your husband may be out of balance or sensitive to something. He may want to go to the doctor to see if it really is fungal or it may be bacterial. Either way, there is systemic (pill form) medication which will knock it out and give you both a chance to prevent the reoccurance with a holistic approach.

Good luck,


POSTED BY PAMELA ALLEN :: MD USA :: 10/17/2007 3:25 AM

The best solution I've found for dandruff/scalp issues is apple cider vinegar. I keep a bottle of it in the shower and apply it "straight" to the scalp, then let it sit for a few minutes and shampoo as usual.

As an added benefit, I've noticed when I use the ACV it makes my hair softer and more manageable.


I agree with Debra. There must be something missing in his diet, and veggies are a good start. If it doesn't seem to go away then, he may want to try Dr. Carlson's Cod Liver Oil which may be purchased from any health food store. I mention this because it is a very good Omega 3 that is free from any contamination. I've been using it for about a year now, and I will use nothing else.


POSTED BY REIKI2 :: WISCONSIN USA :: 10/17/2007 3:39 AM

Hi Katie

I had severe dandruff for a least a year as a side-effect of some medication I take. I didn't have much success with anti-dandruff shampoos.

When I followed my sister-in-law's advice to add flax seeds to my diet - a tablespoon or so a day on with my breakfast fruit and yoghurt - my dandruff cleared up within weeks. I suspect flax-seed oil, taken internally, may be even more effective.

Best wishes.

POSTED BY DD :: N/A URUGUAY :: 10/18/2007 6:35 PM

My husband also has dandruff off and on...usually showing up on his face before his hair. Fish oil Vit A to the rescue...he is of Norwegan decent, but we don't have access to as many good fish as they would....actually we get the mixed A and D as D is finally being discovered to be very low in Americans. Remember, whatever your body is doing on the outside, it is probably doing on the it is a clue to what you need.

Otherwise, we use Dr. Bronner Magic Soaps for shower and shampoo....yes it rinses out of even oily hair...sometimes it takes a third sudz! Leaves hair need for conditioner. Made with organic oils now.

POSTED BY JULIE :: IN USA :: 10/19/2007 5:14 AM

Jojoba shampoo or oil massaged into the scalp wil rid the problem.

POSTED BY RANA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/23/2007 12:10 AM

I would also have to agree with Debra on the nutritional aspect. Maybe it's also possible that he reacts to the harsh ingredients in commercial shampoos? Another possibility is dry scalp. I had dandruff, and after becoming more mindful of what I ate, as well as switching from commercial shampoos & conditioners to washing with dried Indian herbs & oiling my hair & scalp with coconut oil (organic, unrefined), I found I had no more dandruff issues. :)

POSTED BY CINDI D :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 10/30/2007 12:54 AM

Have just discovered your blog site and found the Q & A on Dandruff interesting. I suffer with 'Psoriasis' of the scalp and skin and wondered if anyone could sugest natural alternative ingredients to use in place of shampoo for this complaint.


Thanks so much everyone for the suggestions for my husband's scalp problem!

I also believe there is an imbalance of some sort- but we haven't figured out what it is yet. The doctor did confirm it's fungal. We always try to get to the root of the problem and do the most natural approach to treatment that we can. Over the years he's tried eliminating or adding foods and supplements to his diet, he takes high quality Omega fish oil-- and the problem has actually gotten worse in the last couple years since increasing his veggies (but haven't singled out any veggies as the cause)!! So in the meantime he will try some of the topical solutions and maybe the flax seed oil too.

TAFF in Australia-
in response to your post here, be sure to do a Q&A Blog search for "psoriasis" because there is a Q&A entry on eczema which also included psoriasis treatment info (I came across it when searching for dandruff info). Additionally, I have read about UV light treatment for psoriasis (not sure about if that works on the scalp), and while you'd have to do research and become informed on the pros and cons, it may be an option. (I do UVB light therapy for severe Vitamin D deficiency, so I've done lots of research on the topic myself...). Good luck-
--Katie in CA



I wonder if it's possible that your husband's fungal condition is systemic? I have read, as well as experienced for myself, that taking a tablespoon of natural, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once or twice a day will correct any acid/alkaline imbalances in the body that are a major contributing factor in fungal problems. I found the vinegar to be an "acquired taste", but it didn't take me long to get used to it. ;-)


To Katie CA

Thanks Katie, will search the Blogg for Psoriasis as you suggested. I have had PUVA treatment on my skin in the past with good results short term. Unfortunately the treatment can only be used short term as there are obviously side effects with long term treatment. Australian sun helps a great deal during summer months on the skin so i have more control over that side of things but, the scalp seems to be a different story. Thanks again for the feedback. Taff .. W.Australia


I had extremely severe exczema of the scalp until I switched from stainless steel and cast iron pots and pans to enamel coated metal pans. My scalp cleared completely and I have not had any issues since! It was a miracle for me. The brand I use is Chantal, and I found them at T.J. Maxx. I made the switch after reading Hulda Clark's book "Cure for All Diseases".


POSTED BY SARA :: MICHIGAN USA :: 12/13/2007 10:38 AM

I have a severe itching, sensitive scalp condition and unable to use shampoos without irritating the problem further. I pour raw Apple Cider Vinegar on my scalp as a rinse after shampooing and the results are amazing. It calms my symptoms down immediately.

POSTED BY PING :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/18/2007 10:10 AM

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