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How to treat facial acne caused by dandruff?

How Dandruff can lead to Acne and Pimples?

We often blame genetics and external factors such as pollution for the growth of pimples and acne on our skin but in most cases, a pimple occurs as a result of excess sebum production which then comes in contact with our dead skin cells leading to the formation of a negative synergy, called pimple or acne.

Apart from the aforesaid causes, dandruff on your hair and scalp can also stimulate the growth of acne and pimples on your skin. Dandruff can clog the pores on your skin, which makes a perfect ground for bacteria to sustain on your skin. Dandruff is not just the single cause of acne problem on face, acne problem due to hormonal imbalance is also another major reason these days.

How to Treat Pimples due to Dandruff?

In order to treat pimples caused by dandruff, you first need to treat the root cause, i.e. dandruff. 

  • Anti-dandruff Shampoo

  • A shampoo that contains ingredients beneficial for treating dandruff should be used once a week. Dandruff not only causes pimples on the face but leads to hair fall as well. It prevents the scalp and hair follicles from absorbing essential oils and hair care products properly. Therefore, we recommend opting for an SLS-free shampoo that must contain aloe vera extract because it has properties to cure dandruff.

  • Hot-oil Massage

  • Hot oil massages can help in reducing pimples caused by dry scalp and dandruff. Hot oil massages also improve blood circulation and the health of the scalp.

    Also, make sure to wash your face at least twice a day to remove the dandruff flakes from your face.

  • Avoid Keeping Bangs

  • Certain hairstyles such as bangs can aggravate your pimples as your hair comes in direct contact with your face due to bangs. Therefore, until and unless you don’t get rid of your dandruff problems, you would be required to avoid these hairstyles.

  • Avoid Styling and Heating Tools

  • Hairstyling and heating products can make your hair either extremely oily or extremely dry and as you know, dry hair and scalp lead to dandruff which then clogs the pores on your face. Dandruff acts as a catalyst for propelling facial acne and pimples.

    Say Goodbye to Acne from Dandruff with the help of these Home Remedies

    Dandruff is the shedding of dry skin cells from your scalp. This condition can be caused by a number of reasons, such as fungal infection, dry skin, and endocrine disorders like hyperthyroidism. If you're suffering from dandruff, here are some home remedies that will help you get rid of it quickly –

  • Lemon Juice: Lemon has anti-bacterial properties that can help in eliminating dandruff from your scalp. Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice to your scalp with the help of a cotton ball. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off using a mild shampoo. This will help get rid of the dead skin cells on your scalp and prevent further flaking.

  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is an age-old natural remedy for dandruff induced acne. Tea tree oil extract when diluted with water can treat pimples and acne-causing bacteria.

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties and its nutrients can moisten the scalp deeply while preventing it from getting dehydrated. Take some extra virgin coconut oil and warm it up. Massage it to your scalp gently using your fingertips in a circular motion. Let it dry for the whole night and then rinse it off the next morning using a mild shampoo. 

  • You can also apply a mixture of two parts coconut oil to one part turmeric powder to your scalp. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that help treat dandruff caused by free radicals in the body. This will help reduce inflammation and prevent new dandruff from forming. 

    What are the Causes of Dandruff?

    Dandruff is a condition where there is a loss of skin cells in the scalp. This can cause the scalp to appear scaly and patchy. Dandruff can be a chronic condition and cause the scalp to itch and look dry.

    Dandruff usually affects adults between 20 to 40 years of age. It can also be seen in children between 6 months to 2 years of age.

    Dandruff can be caused by various factors such as allergy, fungal infection, hormonal changes, stress, poor lifestyle, genetics, side effects of some medications and skin products.

    Quick Tips

    Dandruff is a problem that has to be dealt with on priority. It is the flaking skin on your scalp. The cause of dandruff is different for different people but the most common reason for dandruff is dry scalp. Therefore, you should moisturise your hair every day to get rid of dandruff.

    Here are some solutions to help you get rid of dandruff:

    1. Apply anti-dandruff shampoo and non-comedogenic conditioner on your hair twice a week.
    1. Do not brush your hair roughly.
    1. Do not use strong shampoos or hair oils frequently, as they can damage your hair. Use a comb or a brush with wide teeth and a good design to prevent scalp irritation, especially when you have oily scalp.
    1. A balanced diet will also help you in getting rid of dandruff, so try eating fruits and vegetables regularly. Apples are known to be highly effective in eliminating dandruff and keeping the scalp healthy and clean.

    Take Away

    The way you care for your hair and scalp plays an important role in dandruff control. Haircare products containing zinc pyrithione are helpful in controlling dandruff. An anti-dandruff shampoo should be used regularly for a few weeks to get relief from dandruff. You can also try some hair masks to get rid of dandruff.