How to Get Rid of Dandruff in Eyebrows Fast
When people think of dandruff they usually think of snow-like flakes in your hair that fall on your shoulders. However, dandruff isn’t limited to the scalp and can be found behind the ears, your armpits, and yes, even your eyebrows. A very common skin condition, dandruff in ears and eyebrow dandruff can cause redness, irritation and skin flaking. While there’s no permanent cure for chronic dandruff, but here are some tips, home remedies and medicinal treatments that can be applied. Remember, dandruff can be caused by skin that is either too oily or too dry – so if one of these remedies don’t work for you, try a different one until you find one that suits your skin type. If the condition is serious, please seek out a dermatologist.
Home remedies: Grab these items from your kitchen pantry or bathroom cabinet for natural and low-cost solutions:
Gently apply lemon juice to your eyebrows. After 20 minutes, wipe it off with a cotton pad. Repeat once a week! The acidic content of lemons can help to break down the dandruff-causing fungus in the eyebrows. The symptoms of the dandruff should clear up almost immediately after the lemon juice is absorbed.
Do the same thing with vinegar! It doesn’t matter what type of vinegar you use, for instance you could use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Though this may feel a bit weird at first, vinegar is a natural astringent that will get rid of all the dead skin without clogging your pores!
Swipe some petroleum jelly over your eyebrows. It will moisturize the dry skin and prevent it from flaking. Leave it in overnight for the best results. Petroleum Jelly is an emollient that helps dry skin by creating a moisture barrier that hydrates your skin and keeps irritants at bay.
4Tea Tree Oil
The magical substance that is used for treating everything from mosquito bites to bad breath, tea tree oil can also help with eyebrow dandruff. Put some tea tree oil into a spray bottle and spray directly onto your eyebrows post-shower. After a few minutes, pat the excess oil on your eyebrows. As tea tree oil is a very strong substance, be careful not to swallow any. You can also try mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with olive oil.
Just rub some salt into your eyebrows; it’s especially beneficial to do so before you shower so that the water can wash out any additional dandruff while your pores are open. A natural exfoliant, salt will help get rid of the dead skin flakes on your eyebrows.
Nicknamed “The Wonder Leaf”, Neem leaves have been used in South Asian medicine for over 2,000 years. The oils and acids present in the leaves will help get rid of dead skin cells before they can become dandruff. Combine ½ cup of Neem leaves and basil leaves with 1 cup of distilled water. First boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. After the mixture has cooled sufficiently, strain it and put the leaf extract into an empty bottle. Dab it on your eyebrows after washing your face and leave on for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse it off. You can keep the remaining extract for up to a week in the fridge!
Eyebrow dandruff is often caused by the same things as dandruff on the scalp. If a mild facial cleanser hasn’t worked, try using a dandruff shampoo like Selsun Blue, Head and Shoulders or Aveda Scalp Benefits. Apply directly on your eyebrows and massage it in gently. Rinse it out thoroughly and be careful not to get it into your eyes!
Surprise, surprise, it’s not just a healthy snack! Yogurt contains proteins and bacteria that prevent fungus from forming. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and then slather plain, nonfat yogurt onto your eyebrows. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off with water.
9Egg Yolk Mask
This might get a bit slimy, but give it a try! The fatty acid and vitamin A present in egg yolks helps to fit dandruff. It also has the added benefit of adding shine and sheen to your eyebrows by conditioning them! Mix an egg yolk with sugar and apply to your eyebrows. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off.
10Milk of Magnesia
This product has been used to treat everything from constipation to acne. After washing your face at night, apply a thin layer and leave it on overnight. Wash off in the morning with your normal cleanser! Please note that milk of magnesia should be used sparingly and not as a long term solution (especially on your face!).
11Aloe Vera Gel
15 minutes before you shower, apply some aloe vera gel to your eyebrows. Aloe vera’s moisturizing properties help to restore damaged skin. Aloe vera is widely used in herbal remedies and its use can be traced back to prehistoric times.
This seed’s high amino acid and protein content helps to enrich and exfoliate the skin. Soak 2-3 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Crush soaked seeds to create a thick paste. You can also mix in olive oil, coconut oil or yogurt into this paste as well. Spread the mixture onto your eyebrows and leave it on for about an hour before rinsing it off thoroughly with cold water.
Medicinal and Behavioral Changes: If these home remedies didn’t work, you might need medical attention, or a lifestyle change:
Go to a dermatologist and get a prescription for an antifungal cream (i.e. Clotrimazole) and/or Hydrocortisone cream. Apply this regularly.
Get a prescription for a mild therapeutic shampoo. Wash your eyebrows with this shampoo every day.
Avoid oily food and junk food. Unhealthy food can make the condition worse, instead, try to incorporate more healthy fats into your diet. Examples of foods with healthy fats include spinach, flax seeds, salmon and cauliflower.
Avoid waxing your eyebrows. This might exacerbate your condition, so rely on tweezing gently instead.
Avoid eyebrow makeup. This can irritate the skin under the eyebrows which can create conditions conducive to dandruff formation.