Aloe Vera For Dandruff – A Good Way To Get Rid Of Flakes?

Using aloe vera gel for hair dandruff

Is aloe vera good for dandruff?

Aloe vera is awesome for healing wounds and works for dandruff too. It can help with all kinds of things including:

  • Bug bites
  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Sunburn
  • Dandruf

It helps with dandruff because it’s antifungal and antibacterial.[1]

And we know that dandruff is typically caused by fungus.

Evidence for aloe vera being effective

There is no cure for dandruff but, studies have shown aloe vera is an effective treatment.[2]

Here’s a quote from that study:

The results of the present study indicate that Aloe vera (A. barbadensis) crude extract emulsion is effective in the therapy of patients with seborrheic dermatitis.

Just to be clear, seborrheic dermatitis is a more severe form of dandruff where the skin is also inflamed in addition to flakes.

And what do you know, aloe vera is anti-inflammatory too.

Aloe vera is known as a complementary or alternative medicine. So while it may be effective, it’s full properties have not been proven as a treatment for dandruff.

I would recommend aloe vera as a top notch natural dandruff treatment but, when used in addition to an anti-dandruff shampoo. Simply because dandruff shampoos have active ingredients proven to fight dandruff.

Choosing the right aloe vera for dandruff

It’s also important to note that the study I quoted above used crude aloe vera extract. So when choosing a type of aloe vera to apply topically, you’ll want one without harsh additives.

The keyword is harsh additives. All gels sold are going to have added ingredients. Pure aloe vera expires quickly and doesn’t last long enough to be sold. You must either buy a gel with added ingredients/preservatives or grow your own aloe vera plant.

Be careful when choosing an aloe vera product. Read the ingredients carefully.

Some aloe vera products have this written on the bottle, “Aloe Vera 100% Gel”.

That doesn’t mean it’s 100% aloe vera, it means it’s 100% gel.

This is the Aloe vera gel I’d recommend.

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