Honey may have a potential effect in the prevention and treatment of dandruff, a common skin problem of many adults, some scientists suggested
Dandruff is a condition of the scalp most commonly caused by the dry skin resulting from dry air.
However, in many instances, the condition also is associated with seborrheic dermatitis. leading to rough, scaly skin on the scalp.
In other words, patients with oily skin accompanied by seborrheic dermatitis can lead to overexpression of yeast that causes the development of the large white flakes or yellow scales due to uneven shedding and clumping of dead skin cells.
Belief or not dandruff affects over 50% of the general population.
There are many causes of dandruff. Researchers suggested that dry skin, the use of wrong kinds of hair products and skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or eczema are associated with the onset of dandruff.
In some people, an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus can also cause dandruff.
The increase of age hormone imbalance and prolonged periods of stress are the most common prevalent risk factors associated with the condition.
Most cases of dandruff can be treated with daily shampoo to reduce the oil on the scalp. In severe cases, due to overexpression of fungi, pyrithione zinc shampoos may be recommended.
Honey is the miraculous product made by bees using nectar from flowers.
The rich golden liquid It is considered one of healthy sweet food for replacing the use of white sugar and artificial sweetener by many people.
Dandruff, if left untreated can cause itchy and inflamed scalp that it lead to temporary hair loss.
On finding a natural ingredient for the prevention and treatment of dandruff with no side effects, researchers examine the anti-dandruff effects from honey, a bee-derived, supersaturated solution composed mainly of fructose and glucose, and contains proteins and amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other minor components.
The application of honey exerted a significant effect in reducing dandruff, through its moisturizing and antimicrobial property.
The effective doses range between 1 and 10%, but concentrations up to 70% can be reached by mixing with oils, gel, and emulsifiers, or polymer entrapment.
With an aim to reaffirming the honey anti-dandruff activity, a researcher at the Dubai Specialised Medical Centre and Medical Research Labs, investigated the potential use of topical application of crude honey in the management of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.
The study included 30 patients (20 patients were males and 10 were females, their ages ranged between 15 and 60 years) with chronic seborrheic dermatitis of scalp, face, and front of the chest.
Before applying honey to treat the condition, participants showed conditions of scaling, itching and hair loss. The lesions were scaling macules, papules and dry white plaques with crust and fissures.
All patients were asked to apply diluted crude honey (90% honey diluted in warm water) every other day on the lesions with gentle rubbing for 2-3 mins. And, honey was left for 3 hr before gentle rinsing with warm water.
After 4 weeks of treatment, honey showed a significant effect on prophylactic phase, which lasted for six months.
Furthermore, in half of the patients treated with the topical honey once weekly and the other half served as control.
The treatment group demonstrated a reduction of Itching and disappeared scaling within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks.
Moreover, honey administration also improved in hair loss.
None of the patients treated with the honey application once weekly experienced a relapse for six months
Dr. Al-Waili NS, after taking into account co and confounders, said, "crude honey could markedly improve seborrheic dermatitis and associated hair loss and prevent relapse when applied weekly".
The findings clearly suggested that honey may be considered a replacement of chemical ingredients for the prevention and treatment of dandruff associated with seborrheic dermatitis, with no side effects.
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(1) Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review by Burlando B1, Cornara L.(PubMed)
(2) Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude honey on chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff by Al-Waili NS1. (PubMed)
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