Could Mouthwash Really Get Rid Of Your Dandruff?

Using mouthwash on your hair? Yeah, it’s news to us too. But beauty blogger Farah Dhukai claims that diluting Listerine mouthwash with water and spraying it onto your scalp will leave you flake free for the rest of time.

The blogger posted a video on to her Instagram account, which showed us how to make and use the solution. In her caption she told her 612K followers why she thinks the beauty hack is so useful in beating dandruff.

Farah wrote: ‘Listerine has menthol, thymol, eucalyptol, and methyl salicylate – all (of) which make it an antifungal, antiseptic, and anti – inflammatory, and perfect for getting rid of dandruff.’

She claims this method not only saves time but money too.

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This doesn’t mean you should run straight to your bathroom cabinet though.

New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco told Refinery 29 that the ‘hair hack’ actually does the opposite of what the beauty blogger claims. Apparently using a strong alcohol based mouthwash disrupts the skin barrier on the scalp, which in turn creates more dandruff (eek).

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There are some natural remedies you can use to rid yourself of the dreaded dandruff. By putting Apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and mixing with water or by massaging 2 tablespoons of lemon juice on to your scalp and rinsing with water, you can say goodbye to dandruff without damaging your hair or scalp.

If you don’t fancy making your own anti–dandruff solution, then follow Dr Fusco’s advice and stick to the traditional shampoos that we all know and love.

By Megan Wiseman