Stress, an improper diet, or simply genetics can all lead to scalp problems. Fortunately, they are often easy to identify and quite simple to fix.
Scalp problems are an interesting breed. When you don’t have them, you hardly give them any thought ,yet when you do, they seem to take over your life. Oily, itchy, or dry scalps are not only uncomfortable; they are also often unsightly or painful. Luckily, four of the most common scalp disorders have relatively simple solutions that often require only a minor change in your diet or showering routine. These problems, along with their fixes, are listed below.
Itchiness and Flakiness
Is your scalp perpetually itchy? Do you avoid wearing dark clothes because of the white flakes the perpetually accumulate on your shoulders? If so, chances are you have a dry scalp. This can occur on its own or be triggered by a variety of factors (the weather, your shampoo, etc.).
You can fix the problem by investing in a moisturizing shampoo or hot-oil treatment that will reinvigorate and re-hydrate your parched scalp almost instantly. If the problem keeps coming back, you may want to consult with a dermatologist.
Greasy Hair and Yellow Flakes
If instead of being too dry, your scalp is constantly oily or greasy, then you may be suffering from an oily scalp. Everyone’s scalp produces a certain amount of oil, and some individuals’ scalps produce significantly more than others. Stress and other triggers can make this worse, as can a diet high in fats or processed sugars.
When the oil mixes with bacteria, the result is thick yellow flakes that can attach themselves to hair or fall off onto your clothes. Massaging your scalp with salicylic acid, will help control and balance your scalp’s PH level.
White Bumps at the Hairline
If you have small white bumps along your hairline, you may be suffering from scalp folliculitis, a bacterial infection of your hair follicles. This is generally caused by clogged pores that are full of trapped sweat, dirt and oil. If these infections aren’t remedied quickly, they can become permanently damaged resulting in future hair loss.
Shampooing with tea-tree oil can help eliminate the inflammation and soothe your scalp. In extreme cases, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical steroid to help eliminate the bumps and prevent any new ones from forming.
Scaly, Red Skin
If you have chronic (or suddenly acute) patches of scaly, red skin on your scalp and head, then you may be suffering from a genetic condition called Psoriasis. Psoriasis can manifest as late as your 30’s, and outbreaks are usually triggered by stress or other hormones. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Psoriasis, but it can be managed effectively given the right tools.
Purchase a shampoo that contains Piroctine Olamine (an antifungal agent) and use it at least three times a week. If this proves ineffective, consult with your dermatologist to learn about your other options. They may suggest anything from medications to natural remedies.