Archive for December, 2009

Scalp Dandruff Both Mild and Severe

Monday, December 14th, 2009

All About Scalp Dandruff

healthyscalpDandruff is a scalp condition that is quite common.  It develops as the part of the scalps growth process.  In a healthy scalp skin cells die and slough off monthly, and are replaced by new skin cells.   Sometimes the cells are sloughed off before they die, this is dandruff. 

Dandruff may be caused by internal issues.  Internal causes may be hereditary.  These include things like stress, hormones, lack of rest, dietary issues or allergies.  Dandruff may also arise from something external.  External causes like cold weather and dry indoor air are possibilities.   Hair products with harsh chemicals like perms or straighteners may be the cause.  Many shampoos and conditioners also contain chemicals that can cause imbalance and harm to the scalp.  Also overuse of heated hair stylers like curling and straightening irons and hair dryers can make the scalp flaky with scalp dandruff.

Many people attribute to a small fungus that is on the scalp.  This fungus is usually present on our skin, but some people may have an excess on the scalp.  This can lead to dandruff.  Scalp pimples can lead to dandruff especially if you use drying lotions for pimples on the scalp. These lotions dry out the scalp and cause itchy flaky scalp.

Dandruff may be mild with only minor flaking and itch.  But sometimes it is much more sever.  The scalp may tend to feel waxy and greasy and have scales.  In some cases the flakes stick together forming mounds on the scalp.  This is a very unpleasant condition with extreme itchiness.  Scratching may cause infection and sores to appear.  The flaking is not limited to the scalp.  It can occur anywhere there is hair, like eyebrows or beards, and sometimes it spreads the neck and shoulders. 

It is often hard to prevent dandruff, but once you have it be sure to stay away from chemical laden shampoos.  These will only dry the scalp out further.  There are natural ingredients that will help balance the scalp.   Zinc is an excellent choice.  It cleans and balances the scalp.   Jojoba oil and emu oil are also helpful in creating a healthy scalp environment.

Scaly Scalp Prolems

Friday, December 4th, 2009

my scalpScaly Scalp

What causes itchy scales to appear on the scalp?  This is a relatively common occurrence and there are several possible causes.   Scales may be causes by psoriasis, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, or ring worm. 

 Scalp acne can become dry along with scalp pimples that occur especially around the outter edges of the hairline.

Psoriasis in the scalp causes thick silvery scales to appear over red areas.  It can be hard to get rid of, and quite itchy.  Psoriasis will often be present on other areas of the body as well. 

Dandruff occurs when skin cells are sloughed off too early.  This is not a dangerous condition but it is annoying to sufferers.  It also can cause scales along with mounds of stuck together dandruff flakes. 

Seborrheic dermatitis also causes scaly patches on the scalp along with flaking.  It may also be called seborrheic eczema.   These patches are often greasy and yellowish in color.  It may spread to eyebrows, face and upper chest.  

Ringworm is another possibility.  This is a condition which causes scales that may form a ring and sometimes cause hair loss.  It is more common in children. 

When treating scaly scalp patches it is best to stay away from products with chemical ingredients.  Chemicals will dry the scalp out causing additional problems.  The correct balance of oil is the key to a healthy scalp.   Oil is produced by the sebum gland.  If this gland is overproducing or under producing the scalp will be out of balance and problems can occur.  There are natural ingredients like zinc, thyme, sage, jojoba oil, and emu oil that work to create a healthy scalp.  Zinc cleans the scalp and regulates the sebum gland.  Thyme and sage are natural detoxifiers.