Posts Tagged ‘Scalp Conditions’

Flaking Scalp Problems

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

flakesFlaking Scalp

Why do so many people suffer from dry flaking scalp?  There are lots of contributing factors.  Some of the most common are cold winter weather, diet changes, dehydration, styling tools, and use of chemical ingredients in many shampoos and conditioners.   Some of the conditions that may result in flaking are dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis.    

Dandruff occurs when the natural skin renewal process of the scalp is not working correctly.  Instead of being sloughed off once they are dead, skin cells are sloughed off before they die on a scalp with dandruff.  It is usually relatively mild with small amounts of flaking and itch, but dandruff can be more severe.  Flakes can stick together causing large mounds of flakes to form on the scalp.   This is an uncomfortable as well as embarrassing condition for many people.     

Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by scaly scalp with yellowish or white flakes.  It tends to be greasy and may have swollen red areas as well.  Seborrheic dermatitis may spread to the face and ears as well.  Many people find it hard to resist the urge to scratch with this condition.  Scratching causes irritation and sometimes infection. 

The underlying factor in most flaky scalp conditions is actually an imbalance in the scalp.  It is important to have the correct amount of oil on the scalp.  Too much or too little oil will lead to problems including flaking.  The majority of hair products contain chemicals that dry out the scalp and cause problems.  There are natural ingredients like zinc, jojoba oil, and emu oil that work to balance the scalp.  Zinc is a natural cleaner, and it works to regulate the sebum gland, which produces oil on the scalp.  Jojoba oil and emu oil are moisturizers for the hair and scalp.

Conditions That Affect The Scalp Including Scalp Acne

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

scaly scalpEffective Scalp Shampoo

The skin is the largest organ on our body.  We often think of it as protection for the rest on our body.  Actually the pores on our skin are constantly absorbing things in our environment, like soaps, lotions and shampoos.  The skin on the scalp and the underarms absorbs more than other areas of the skin.  This makes it important to be careful what you put on your scalp. 

Good hair care should actually start with taking care of the scalp.  Problems occur on the scalp when it is either too dry or too oily such as scalp acne or scalp pimples.  Scalp health depends on a proper balance.  An overly oily scalp will cause problems such as scalp acne and seborrhea, while an overly dry scalp may create seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, or folliculitis.  These conditions are uncomfortable and often very itchy. 

The best way to take care of the scalp is to be aware of what is in the products that you use.  A good scalp shampoo should not be full of chemicals.  Many shampoos touted to be designed for the scalp actually have many harsh chemicals.  These chemicals will dry out the scalp and make many problems worse. 

There are all natural scalp shampoos that can both clean the scalp and give it the proper nourishment that it needs.  Some ingredients that are especially good for scalp healthy are zinc pca, jojoba oil, emu oil, thyme, and sage.  Zinc deep cleans the scalp and regulates the sebum gland creating the correct balance of oil.  Thyme and sage detoxify the scalp.  Jojoba oil and emu oil have natural moisturizing qualities for both scalp and hair.