What Causes Dandruff and the Stunning Effect of Coconut Oil
What causes dandruff is a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia globosa which lives on your scalp, feeding on skin oils.
By using enzymes called lipases to metabolize the oils, malassezia globosa creates oleic acid, a by-product acid that penetrates your skin and sparks shedding of skin cells.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) most generously present in coconut oil are natural “fungicides.” All MCFAs (lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid) have potent antifungal properties. The 8-carbon caprylic acid, in fact, is one of the most powerful natural yeast-fighting substances known to man.
My Coconut Oil Experience
I, myself, used to suffer from dandruff. It was embarrassing! All that constant itching and scratching forced me to wear light-colored shirts almost all the time. Only expensive medicated hair care products worked. As soon as I stop using them, the dandruff would come back with a vengeance.
The very first time I used coconut oil on my hair, I knew it was special.
With just one application, the itchiness and flakiness of my scalp was dramatically reduced. After four or five consecutive days, my hair and scalp felt like brand new. It was such a relief!
A friend of mine suggested that I combine the coconut oil with pure oregano oil, another impressive fungicide. It turned out to be a good suggestion. With the addition of oregano oil, I only have to treat my scalp 2-3 times a week, sometimes just once.
Be careful with pure essential oregano oil, though. It is very strong and will burn your skin on contact. Use it only in combination with coconut oil. Mix 1 part oregano oil and 5 parts coconut oil, then apply it topically at least once a day. You now have a safe, natural and effective way of controlling dandruff. Just remember this…
Prevention is Always Best
This natural treatment answers the question what causes dandruff and is a God-send in getting rid of flakes, once you have it. But this information will not correct the reason why the fungi chose your scalp to invade and multiply in the first place. As always, that’s where proper diet (specifically, dietary fat intake) comes in.
Dandruff can often be a sign that you have a “fatty acid imbalance.” Avoid consuming too much of the pervasive omega-6 fats found in soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc. A super easy way to do that is to replace them with MCFA-rich coconut oil, The Healthiest Oil on Earth.