I am dealing with really bad dandruff and some mild acne right now. I was wondering if you guys had any natural/home remedies that you could recommend.
My dandruff is dry and white, and kind of powdery with some bigger flaky chunks. even thought my hair is really short (see profile pic) you can still see little bits of dandruff stuck in my hair, which is really gross. I just buzzed my head and I want to be able to rub my headfuzz without flaking everywhere.
I've tried coating my head in coconut oil, letting it sit and then washing it out, and that didn't seem to do much. I also tried rinsing with apple cider vinegar in the shower, two separate times, but both times the dandruff just seemed worse the day after.
My acne I'm not worried about so much, but I would like to get that figured out too. It's just tiny little bumps all over my forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck... from a short distance it's not noticeable, as my skin tone is pretty even, but up close (like when I look in the mirror) it's super noticeable and just looks really bumpy.
I eat super clean raw-til-4 style, minimal fat and sodium, I drink a ton of water. I wash my bedding once a week. I don't use any weird chemical-laden products. I typically wash my hair 2-3 times a week with baking soda, or Dr. Bronner's, and I don't use anything on my face, I just splash with water and rub gently with a wash cloth in the shower every morning.
I was taking the birth control pill for 9 years, and stopped taking it at the same time I became vegan (July 2013). For a while I thought the pimples were just detox, or an effect of coming off the hormones, but it's been almost a year now and they still persist....
I did just find out that the tap water where I live has flouride added to it, so idk if that has anything to do with the pimples, since I drink about 3 liters a day.
Any advice or insight is appreciated :)
I started using dr Bronner's to wash my face and hair about a month ago and I noticed my scalp has gotten very dry and I've developed bumps on my face as well! Maybe try using a different cleanser? I am going to try putting avocado on my scalp to see if that helps hydrate it!
Try giving up the Dr Bronners and baking soda. Baking soda especially is highly alkaline and a potential skin irritant. Perfect time to do it now your hair is short. I stopped putting anything on my hair 2 years ago and have practically no dandruff now. Took a few months for the grease to balance out but with short hair it's not such a problem. You could also maybe try washing your hair in (highly) dilute tea tree oil.
Acne - you might be sensitive to particular oils in your shampoo? Coconut oil is particularly comedogenic if you've been using it regularly in your hair. I've had some partial success recently with wiping/spritzing my face with dilute ACV, and cleansing with jojoba oil.
Dandruff--I found that I would have more dandruff after doing coconut oil and ACV treatments. What has helped is rinsing my hair twice. First, I do an ACV rinse and really massage my head to loosen tons of flakes. Then I do coconut oil and rinse. It works pretty well for me (and I have really gnarly dandruff if I don't maintain this routine).
Acne -- it could be hormonal/due to a deficiency??? If possible, see an endocrinologist and get a blood test or visit a naturopath/acupuncturist who can identify where the imbalance might be. I've always had these funny bumps on my chin. I visited an endocrinologist and had my bloods taken -- everything was good but I had higher testosterone than I should. This was causing the acne.
I am going to try this for dandruff. Thank you!!
I used to use Dr Bronner's too, like once a week when I was trying to go to no-shampoo (just water) and I finally decided the water was too hard (added baking soda, then vinegar rinse) but it didnt help much. Things have improved since I stopped the Bronner's - I think it really matters about the water quality / hard vs soft. I really would love to have a shower filter again (had a clay one that seemed to really clean up that 'sticky' after effect hard water can have). Oh and this may help, at the same time in the same water I switched my kids (then 3 & 6) straight to no-shampoo and they were fine, no sticky hair. So it also has something to do with our body chemistry, I guess!! I hope someone who has experienced all this (and has got to the bottom of it & and come out successfully on the other side) replies!
Lemon juice is a good idea. Goat milk isn't vegan though.
If you find something that works for you, please share, because I have crazy dandruff too :-\ I've been no-poo for 3 years now and it didn't change anything (also HCV for almost 2 years). Before that I tried all kind of shampoos, specialized or not, every day, once every other day, once a week, it was the same...
I am in the same boat! I want help for my dandruff too. I posted about this ages ago and folks said more fruit and more water. It is not helping so far!
OooooooK... so it *seems* I've finally found something that works for me, crossing my fingers... it's been a couple month since I started using this and for now everything is fine.
Soooo my miracle solution is... tea tree oil. Dandruff shampoos often contain tea tree oil but I learned that the dosage is so low that it doesn't really have any effect. So I decided to add tea tree oil to my shampoo, in these proportions: 1 drop of TTO for 3ml of shampoo (if you have a 180ml bottle of shampoo, that's about 60 drops). I use my shampoo only twice a week. I let it rest on my head for about 2 minutes then rinse it off. The smell is strong in the bathroom but doesn't stick on once you've rinsed. It took a couple weeks for all my dandruff to disappear. I hope it's not a seasonal coincidence - as I usually have more dandruff in the dry cold Winter - and that it won't come back !