The Best Organic Shampoo For Itchy Flaky Scalp And Dandruff

by Rose Sergeant

What Is The Best Organic Shampoo For Dandruff?

While there are multiple offerings of natural antidandruff shampoo alternatives to chemical shampoo's, The Good Zest Company offers a unique option, using citrus essential oils and other organic ingredients.

Our 100% organic shampoo uses the natural properties of grapefruit essential combined with other organic ingredients to control and help eliminate dry scalp and dandruff.

What Is Dandruff 

Dandruff is a common scalp condition characterised by dead, flaking skin, itching, and redness. 

It is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia, which feeds on the oils produced by the scalp. This overgrowth leads to the production of excessive skin cells, which die and fall off as dandruff.

The oils produced by the scalp are called sebum, and they are secreted by the sebaceous glands in the hair follicles. Sebum helps to moisturise and protect the skin and hair, but an overproduction of sebum can contribute to conditions like dandruff.

Factors that can contribute to dandruff include dry skin, sensitivity to hair care products, and certain medical conditions like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. Stress, diet, and genetics can also play a role.

How Is Dandruff Treated 

Dandruff is most commonly treated at home using an anti dandruff shampoo from a commercial manufacturer. Containing a range of chemicals, commercial antidandruff shampoo's are the usually the first option for people with Dandruff.

With more awareness of synthetic chemicals and their problems, we find more people are searching for natural alternatives and our organic shampoo is a great substitute for the usual commercial anti dandruff shampoo.

Depending on the severity and cause of the dandruff it may also be treated with medicated creams and ointments.


What Is The Best Way To Avoid Dandruff

Maintaining a healthy scalp by keeping it clean and moisturised is the best way to avoid dandruff.  Avoiding harsh hair care products that contain chemicals and artificial scents is also beneficial.

 Also, reducing stress can also help prevent or reduce symptoms of dandruff as certain hormones and chemicals affect the body’s pH balance can lead to dry skin and dandruff.

What Should An Anti Dandruff Shampoo Contain 

A good anti dandruff shampoo should contain ingredients that have good antifungal properties to kill the Malassezia fungus on the scalp. 

They should provide properties that clean deep into the hair follicles and remove dry, dead skin flakes.

There should also be some moisturising agents to nourish the scalp and be able to reduce redness, itching and soothe the scalp with antibacterial and astringent compounds.

What Is In a Commercial Anti Dandruff Shampoo

The common active ingredients in anti dandruff shampoos are:

  • Zinc pyrithione: an antifungal agent that helps to control yeast growth on the scalp
  • Salicylic acid: helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog hair follicles
  • Ketoconazole: an antifungal agent that helps to control yeast growth on the scalp
  • Coal tar: helps to reduce itching and flaking associated with dandruff
  • Selenium sulphide: an antifungal agent that helps to control yeast growth on the scalp

What Are The Risks Of Commercial Anti Dandruff Shampoo

  • Zinc pyrithione: Some people may experience skin irritation or dryness as a result of using products containing this ingredient.
  • Salicylic acid: Overuse of products containing this ingredient can cause skin irritation or dryness.
  • Ketoconazole: This ingredient can cause skin irritation in some people, and it may interact with other medications.
  • Coal tar: Coal tar can increase sensitivity to the sun, and it may stain light-coloured hair or clothing. It may also cause skin irritation in some people. It is a relatively thick compound that can block pores and follicles.
  • Selenium sulphide: This ingredient can cause skin irritation or dryness in some people, and it may cause hair discoloration.

Strange as it may seem, the common issues with the ingredients in commercial dandruff shampoo are exactly the same as the symptoms that they are used to treat.

Why Organic Shampoo Is Ideal For Treating Dandruff 

Organic based shampoo and specifically, citrus essential oil based organic shampoo, is excellent at treating dandruff because of the natural properties of the ingredients.

If we do a comparison of what ingredients and properties are required to treat dandruff, we can see that citrus essential oil based shampoo fills all the requirements. 

Organic Dandruff Shampoo Vs Commercial Dandruff Shampoo

Our citrus essential oil based anti dandruff shampoo contains the following natural organic ingredients 

  • Decyl Glucoside: This is a gentle, natural surfactant (cleansing agent) that helps to cleanse the scalp and hair without causing irritation.
  • Lauryl Betaine: This is another gentle, naturally occuring surfactant that helps to create a rich, creamy lather in the shampoo, making it easier to distribute through the hair and scalp.
  • Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil: This is the active ingredient in this shampoo, which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and calm the scalp, reduce itching, and control the growth of yeast, which can contribute to dandruff.
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder: This is a natural ingredient that is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which can help to soothe and hydrate the scalp, reducing itching and flaking associated with dandruff.
  • Citric Acid: This is a weak organic acid that can help to exfoliate dead skin cells from the scalp, reducing dandruff.

As you can see, just using organic ingredients, we are able to provide all the requirements of an effective anti dandruff shampoo without any chemicals or risk of their unwanted effects.

If you are in need of further moisturising, then our organic conditioner is just as effective while remaining gentle and kind to your hair and scalp.


Best Organic Anti Dandruff Shampoo

A great alternative to Tea Tree Oil based shampoo.

The Good Zest Company manufactures the best organic dandruff shampoo in the UK.

This premium product is a Grapefruit essential oil based formula that is effective in treating dandruff without the risks of chemicals.

It is the best organic shampoo for a dry scalp, controlling itching and reducing redness with regular use.

A  great organic shampoo for itchy, flaky scalp, this product is sustainably made in the UK using certified organic ingredients.



Organic Strengthening Grapefruit Shampoo

Organic Dandruff Shampoo And Conditioner

Best organic dandruff shampoo and conditioner Set

This duo set combines our best natural shampoo for a dry scalp with our Organic Grapefruit Conditioner, a great combination to tackle a dry, itchy scalp and hair.

Our conditioner contains a lot of the benefits of our Organic Strengthening Grapefruit Shampoo with added natural oils and butter to condition your hair and moisturise your scalp.

Wile most conditioner is designed purely for hair, our conditioner is also formulated to treat and nourish a dry scalp.



Organic Strengthening Grapefruit Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Conclusion: Best Organic Dandruff Shampoo

In conclusion, dandruff is a common scalp condition caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus and can be triggered by factors such as dry skin, sensitivity to hair care products, medical conditions, stress, diet, and genetics. 

The best way to avoid dandruff is to maintain a healthy scalp by keeping it clean and moisturised and avoiding harsh hair care products. Commercial anti-dandruff shampoos contain active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, coal tar, and selenium sulphide, but may also cause skin irritation or dryness and other side effects. 

Organic shampoo, specifically citrus essential oil-based shampoo, can effectively treat dandruff as it contains natural organic ingredients which have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties without any risk of chemical side effects.


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