Posts Tagged ‘scalp problems’

Itchy Scalp Questions

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Flacky scalpMost people have heard of dandruff.  It is the most common scalp condition.  Typicaly dandruff is a mild and consists of small white flakes and itching.  Sometimes however, dandruff can be more severe.  Flakes can get stuck together in white mounds on the scalp.  Even in its mildest form, dandruff tends to be itchy and often embarrassing for people.

Contact dermatitis is due to an environmental irritation or some type allergic reaction.  One of the main things that make contact dermatitis appear is chemicals in various products for the hair.  Chemicals can be found in many hair products including shampoos, conditioners, perms and other styling products.  It is unfortunate that the majority of hair products that you buy locally have multiple chemical ingredients.  These chemicals will dry out head and hair and cause itching.  Contact dermatitis can also be caused by other environmental irritants and some food. 

Another skin condition, psoriasis, can also affect the scalp and cause itch. When present on the scalp, psoriasis tends to also be on other parts of the body.  Knees, creases in skin, and elbows are some of the other common areas where it can also be found.   Psoriasis also attacks the joints in some people.  On the scalp it is characterized by dry scaly patches that often appear powdery and white.  Sometimes the entire scalp can be covered with these scaly patches.    

In order to maintain a health scalp, it is important to create a balance of oil and Ph.  A balanced scalp is one that it is not too dry or too oily.  Many of the hair products that we use, even those that are designed to help with scalp problems, actually contain chemicals that dry and irritate the scalp area.   By using the right natural ingredients the balance of the scalp can be restored and scalp problems can be remedied.  Zinc pca is an all around scalp ingredient that can be used to regulate sebum production. Emu oil and jojoba oil mimic the sebum naturally produced on the scalp.  Thyme and rosemary are used to detoxify.  A scalp shampoo with the right natural ingredients can create a good balance and restore the scalp.  It may also relieve many scalp symptoms such as an itchy scalp.

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.