If we told you that you could cure dandruff with a vitamin, would you believe us? Dandruff sufferers know what a pain this chronic condition can be. From worrying about wearing a dark T-shirt to just generally being embarrassed in any hair-shaking situation, dandruff is not fun. Even the remedies feel overly medical. The shampoos that actually work (the ones from the drugstore that exclusively treat dandruff) smell like there’s a problem. Perhaps the most annoying thing about dandruff is that it doesn’t disappear; it has to be managed, and that means a long relationship with an aforementioned pharmacy shampoo. However, if Loma Lux Laboratories has anything to add to the conversation, never thinking about dandruff again is as easy as taking a morning vitamin. We spoke with Gerti Mortelli, director at the lab, about her team’s dandruff pill—the first of its kind to naturally do away with dandruff.
The Origin of the Dandruff Pill
The Loma Lux dandruff pill came about via need. The company’s dermatologist founder, Stephen A. Smith, M.D. originally developed natural skin health solutions for skin inflammatory diseases in response to his patients’ requests for more natural, less toxic alternatives to traditional medications to relieve acne, dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis, Gerti shares. The scalp is, indeed hypersensitive skin, and acne, eczema, dandruff, and psoriasis are all considered skin inflammatory conditions.
“Dr. Smith had already developed Acne Pill, Eczema Pill, and Loma Lux Psoriasis utilizing natural minerals that are taken orally to clear the skin/scalp from within. These oral homeopathic medications stimulate the body’s own healing response. Since Dr. Smith has dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis, his next challenge was to create a natural alternative to the traditionally harsh topical dandruff treatments in the marketplace. He initially experimented with several formulations on himself. When he achieved remission, Loma Lux Dandruff Pill was born. It contains seven all-natural minerals that encourage the body to disrupt the cycle of too rapid cell production, resulting in dandruff flakes, dry scalp, itchy scalp, and oily scalp. The scalp will start to heal. It is registered with the FDA and is manufactured in the USA in an FDA inspected facility using good manufacturing practices,” she says.
What Makes the Dandruff Pill Unique
Dandruff is a very common skin disease that affects over 50 million Americans, so there is tremendous potential for this pill to really make a difference in so many lives. There are a few common causes of dandruff/seborrheic dermatitis, including yeast growth (Malassezia) on the scalp, dry skin, irritated oily scalp, not shampooing regularly/properly, and sensitivity to hair care products. “A healthy scalp regenerates new skin cells usually every 23 to 30 days. In the case of dandruff, the process speeds up, with rapid cell turnover creating dandruff flakes. There is no cure for dandruff, but fortunately, Dandruff Pill will help provide symptom relief without the harsh, stinky chemicals of traditional topical dandruff treatments,” Gerti continues.
Gerti blames the fact that there hasn’t yet been a non-topical dandruff treatment on a lack of outside-the-box thinking. “Companies are more used to trying to improve upon traditional topical dandruff treatments of their competitors,” she says. Gerti notes that the Loma Lux Dandruff Pill is an oral homeopathic medication that works holistically to rebalance the body’s own healing response.” The seven active ingredients are natural minerals and are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. Because it works internally and is not topically applied, it won’t irritate the scalp or damage hair/hair color. The pill is also lactose-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
How to Use the Pill
The Dandruff Pill is taken daily and works gradually. Dandruff should be gone after 12 weeks of use, but it should be taken regularly to help prevent future recurrences.
While results are dependent upon dandruff severity, some notice less itching within the first week; for others, it takes four to six weeks to start to see results. While Dandruff Pill takes time to work, it does work faster than hair re-growth supplements, which can take up to six months of regular use to notice a difference.
The pill isn’t a one-and-done treatment—if you stop taking it, symptoms will reoccur.
Gerti makes the case that the pill is a less messy way for dandruff suffers to use their favorite hair products again without worrying about being flaky. “The advantage of using Dandruff Pill is that you can use your favorite hair care products instead of dandruff treatments. Dandruff shampoos are not all the same, so most people continually experiment to find a product that works for them. As most people who’ve tried dandruff shampoos know, the active ingredients can be very harsh on the scalp, and to the hair itself. That stinky, rotten-egg smell from certain shampoos lingers long after shampooing. Also, some formulas may discolor the hair or damage hair. With Dandruff Pill, you can use any non-dandruff hair care product you want for great-looking, healthy hair. Even natural dandruff treatments like tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar can cause scalp irritation—and who wants their hair to smell like salad dressing? It is also a great alternative for people who (due to dry scalp or braids) can’t wash their hair often or regularly; it relieves dandruff symptoms and helps promote a healthy scalp.”