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Tea Tree Oil For Dandruff - Does It Work?

Does tea tree oil for dandruff treatment actually work?

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is known to kill the fungus that cause dandruff in lab studies. The fungus involved is Pityrosporum ovale.

Our detailed article Benefits of Tea Tree Oil reveals all the health benefits so we won't discuss the here.

Let's look at one clinical research study on patients who have a dandruff problem...


Studies on tea tree oil for dandruff

Here's the study reference for those who are interested in the complete details:

Treatment of dandruff with 5% tea tree oil shampoo.
Satchell AC, Saurajen A, Bell C, Barnetson RS.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 Dec;47(6):852-5.

This study was conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia in the Department of Dermatology.

126 males and females diagnosed with mild to moderate dandruff were randomly assigned to either get treatment with a 5% tea tree oil shampoo or a placebo (regular shampoo with no tea tree oil).

The results were very clear. 41% of the subjects using the tea tree oil formulation showed improvements compared to only 11% in the placebo group.

There were significant improvements in the itch, size of the areas involved and total severity of the dandruff condition. (The researchers noted that the self-reported scaliness of the scalp did not differ between the treatment with tea tree oil and the placebo group).

Indeed, animal studies show that tea tree oil is effective against itch. The article Tea Tree Oil for Itch discuss this particular benefit of tea tree oil.

There you have it. A clinical study that scientifically showed that using tea tree oil for dandruff conditions actually works.


What about using tea tree oil for dry scalp?

Tea tree oil may be helpful in treating a dry itchy scalp. A study done on dogs and cats showed that using tea tree oil for itch is effective. It reduced the redness and itchiness associated with skin problems on the animals.

It even stopped the hair loss caused by the animals scratching the itchy area.


What about using tea tree oil for hair health?

The truth is, no one really knows. A tea tree oil shampoo will maintain the quality of the scalp which will go a long way in keep the hair healthy.


Recommendations - How to dilute tea tree oil for dandruff

The clinical study used a 5% tea tree oil shampoo. You can make this by adding 5 mL of tea tree oil to 100 mL of your shampoo.

Because the shampoo is thick, you may need to use a blender to mix the tea tree oil completely. Use the lowest speed to avoid causing excessive foaming. Alternatively, you might use a hand-held egg beater. Actually, this might be a better idea since you can blend much more slowly.

It would be easier to make small batches (50 to 100 mL) at a time.

Another (easier) method is to make a 5% tea tree oil solution by mixing 5 mL of tea tree oil with 100 mL of water. First shampoo your hair with your regular shampoo. While the shampoo is still in your hair, shake well and apply a capful (about 30 mL) of this solution to your hair and continue to lather.

Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse off.

See Tea Tree Oil Dilutions for more information about other dilution ratios and methods.


Bottom line

Thinking of using tea tree oil for dandruff?

Go for it! A 5% tea tree oil shampoo is effective in treating dandruff problem.

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