Scalp Condition

Natural and herbal remedies for the treatment of dry, itchy, flaky, or oily scalp condition problems.

    Scalp Condition

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    1. What affects the Condition of the Scalp?
    2. What Causes Scalp Condition Problems?
    3. Help for Scalp Conditions
    4. More Information on Scalp Care

    What affects the Condition of the Scalp?

    For years many of us may have heard the importance of hair health, yet the scalp is often over-looked as an important area of the body that needs it’s fair share of attention too. While the scalp is a pretty ‘tough’ structure, and can take a lot of wear and tear (when brushing or tugging hair for example), the scalp can also become sensitive, flaky (Dandruff) or too oily (oily scalp) often leading to scalp acne.


    What Causes Scalp Condition Problems?

    Problems on the scalp may be caused by a number of conditions,
    including:
    • Acne or pimples
    • Eczema, an itchy swelling and redness of the skin
    • Allergic reactions, such as to shampoos, hair sprays, or food
    • Hormonal changes or a low thyroid hormone level known as hypothyroidism
    • Diabetes
    • Trichotillomania, a condition in which a person pulls out his or her hair due to psychological problems
    • Anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder that causes people to not eat enough to maintain a normal weight
    • Dandruff
    • Cradle cap in infants
    • Psoriasis, a skin condition that causes red scaly sores
    • Moles, which are usually harmless, but in rare cases, can turn into melanoma, a serious skin cancer
    • Ringworm, an infection of the skin caused by a fungus
    • Head lice
    • Physical or emotional stress
    • Pregnancy
    • Autoimmune disorders, in which a person's immune system attacks his or her own body.
    • Medications, including vitamin A, oral contraceptives, or chemotherapy
    • Trauma or injury, such as insect bites, cuts, or burns
    • Bacterial infections
    • Hair loss
    • HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, which can cause infections and rashes

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    Help for Scalp Conditions

    Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to help soothe and naturally hydrate the scalp. Chamomile Essential Oil has been used for centuries to strengthen the capillaries that supply blood to the scalp and hair follicles and improve elasticity, while Rosemary Essential Oil has excellent astringent properties, also encouraging hair growth.

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    Ginkgo biloba helps to restore the functioning of the circulatory system and improves blood flow to the brain and all parts of the body. Equisetum arvense is rich in minerals, especially silica, which is an important part of all connective tissues in the body, as well as hair and nails.

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    Tips for a healthy scalp

    If your scalp isn't healthy, your hair won't be either! Here are some tips:

      • Incorporate foods like squash, carrots and tomatoes into your diet.
      • Never share your hair care utensils (combs, brushes, etc.) without properly disinfecting and sanitizing them both before and after use.
      • Make sure to rinse all shampoo and conditioner products thoroughly from the hair when you use them.
      • Try getting a gentle scalp massage (to stimulate circulation) or wrap your head in a warm moist towel for 10 minutes.

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    Tips for oily scalp vs. dry scalp:
    • Try applying and massaging the shampoo only at the scalp, and apply your conditioner only on the ends of your hair. If you apply so much that it runs down into the rest of your hair, you're obviously going to strip the oils from the hair as well.
    • When shampooing and conditioning the hair, switch from warm water to cool water after you've thoroughly rinsed away the product. The cool water rinse will help close the pores of the scalp and slow down the oil production.

    Never use acne products containing benzoil peroxide or other peroxide ingredients on the scalp because of the potential for altering the hair color. Seek medical advice if you are unsure, and research all your options.

     

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