Dealing with Bumps on the Scalp

November 8th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

It is not uncommon for bumps, usually small, to appear on the scalp.   There are several things that can lead to itchy and bothersome scalp bumps.  Some of the most common scalp conditions are viral infections, contact dermatitis, acne, folliculitis, cysts or skin cancer. 

You should always rule out skin cancer if you have a bump or irritated area that will not go away for a long period of time.  Because sun exposure is the most common cause of cancer, cancer on the scalp most often occurs in an area that is not fully covered with hair.  If you think cancer is a possibility a dermatologist can quickly give you a diagnosis. 

Contact dermatitis occurs when the scalp has an allergic reaction to something it has come into contact with such as chemical ingredients in hair products.  With this condition the scalp is often dry and itchy as well as broken out. 

Folliculitis is another common cause of scalp bumps.  It occurs when the scalp is too dry and the hair follicle is left open allowing bacteria to become trapped.  The bacteria leads to irritation and infection and bumps.  Some cases of folliculitis are quite severe with boils or cysts.  It is a very itchy and uncomfortable condition. 

The real key to avoiding all of these conditions and bumps on the scalp is a proper oil balance.  The scalps needs to have some oil, but too much or too little will result in many scalp problems.

Itchy Scalp Can Cause Hair Loss

October 6th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Sometimes an itchy scalp can be due to problems that also cause the hair to fall out.  Hair loss is a serious and troublesome problem.  There are a variety of conditions that can lead to hair loss.  Some hair loss that is accompanied by an itchy scalp may not necessarily be permanent hair loss.  The hair may grow back once the problem is corrected.  Some of these conditions are ringworm, folliculitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis. 

Ringworm can be found on various parts of the body including the scalp.  Ringworm comes from a fungal infection.  Symptoms include itchy red patches and hair loss.  It is generally quite itchy.  It can form scales and peel.  If ringworm is not treated is can spread and become worse.  It is also contagious. 

Folliculitis occurs when the hair follicle becomes blocked and infected.  Pimples and sometimes even boils are signs of folliculitis.  When this condition is severe it can lead to scaring and hair loss. 

Seborrheic dermatitis can also cause the scalp to itch and may lead to hair loss.  The condition includes extreme itching and inflamed and flaky scalp. These flakes may form greasy scales and mounds of flakes on the scalp.  Hair may fall out in the worse patches but will generally grow back once the condition is cleared.   

Psoriasis is another condition that is often found on the scalp.  It is not a contagious condition, but is often on other parts of the body as well.  This itchy condition shows white flaky patches.  It is itchy and may cause temporary bald spots to appear.

The Problem with Root Buildup

September 27th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Caring for your scalp is just as important, if not more, than caring for your hair.  But most of us think much more about our hair than our scalp.  One of the first things we need to address with the scalp is build up around the hair shaft and hair root. 

There are a variety of things that can build up on the scalp.  Hair products are one of course.  Also, excess oil and bacteria tend to get trapped around the hair root.  All of this buildup can lead to a variety of problems for your scalp and hair.  When oil and bacteria are trapped in the hair follicle it can cause breakouts.  You may get bumps, acne and pimples.  It also causes hair growth to slow and in some cases leads to hair loss.  It is impossible to have a healthy scalp and hair with root buildup present. 

Zinc Plex Shampoo can help.  It uses zinc pca to gently remove buildup.  The zinc is an anti bacterial and will remove bacteria and dirt gently.  It is important that your shampoo be gently so that it will not further irritate the scalp.  Zinc Plex cleans deeply into the hair follicle and removes all of the unwanted buildup.  Once the hair and scalp are truly clean hair can grow at its optimal speed.  It will once again look healthy and beautiful.

Creating Balance on the Scalp

September 20th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Getting healthy beautiful hair is as much about a healthy scalp as it is about taking care of the hair itself.  A healthy scalp must maintain a delicate balance of oils. 

 When the scalp is out of balance it is easy for oil to build up around the hair follicle.  Too much oil on the scalp also allows bacteria to multiply quickly.  When oil and bacteria build up all types of problems can occur.  The result may be bumps and acne on the scalp.  Also many scalp conditions are caused by too much or too little oil on the scalp.  Many people get seborrhea, seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff just to name a few.

Your don’t have to use harsh chemicals to treat these conditions.  Zinc is an ingredient that has been found to be a great equalizer for the scalp.  It is a gentle but effective cleanser.  It is also capable of regulating the sebum gland.  The sebum gland produces the oil on the scalp.  Zinc Plex shampoo uses zinc as well as natural amino acids to balance the scalp.  Other herbs, nutrients, and omegas make this a perfect healthy hair shampoo.  It is able to naturally and safely restore balance and health to the scalp.

Scalp Sores are a Big Problem

September 7th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Sores on the scalp are a problem that many people face.  They are annoying and can be painful.  These sores, bumps and blisters can be a result of several things including:  contact dermatitis, a viral infection like chickenpox or shingles, scalp acne, impetigo, cysts or sometimes even skin cancer. 

 Folliculitis is a condition that occurs when the scalp is too dry and the hair follicle is left open.  Oil and bacteria become trapped in the hair follicle and cause bumps and sores to appear.  These bumps can be small or large.  Severe folliculitis can lead to boils and cysts on the scalp in addition to sores.  In order to treat this condition the bacteria must be removed from the follicle with a gentle but deep penetrating cleanser. 

 Contact dermatitis can also lead to scalp sores.  It is caused by an allergic reaction.  The usual culprit is chemical ingredients that are found in hair products like perms, shampoos, and other treatments.  These chemicals can cause irritation and lead to bumps and sores.   

The best way to fight all scalp conditions is to create a balance on the scalp.  Too much or too little oil on the scalp can lead to scalp problems including sores, bumps and scaling.  Zinc is an excellent ingredient to use to balance the scalp.  It works by regulating the sebaceous glands’ production.  It is also great at gently cleaning away bacteria and oil build up.

Where Does Itchy Scalp Come From

August 30th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

An itchy scalp can be an extremely frustrating condition.  Treating itchy scalp is a

How Do You Get Rid Of Dandruff?

August 24th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Getting rid of dandruff can be pretty tricky.  It affects people of all ages, both men and women.  The main symptoms are itchy scalp and tiny white flakes.  For some people dandruff is just an annoyance, but for others it is more severe.  The condition can lead to painful irritation in more severe cases.  The best way to remove dandruff is to use the correct dandruff shampoo with the proper ingredients. 

In order for a dandruff shampoo to work it needs to create a balance on the scalp.  If the scalp has too much oil or too little oil it will lead to problems.  An abundance of fungus is what makes dandruff appear.  A small amount of fungus on the scalp is normal and not a problem.  The fungus is allowed to multiply rapidly when there is too much oil on the scalp.  This can allow it to get out of control quickly. 

Most dandruff shampoos use chemical treatments.  They do tend to remove oil, but they often remove too much oil and leave the scalp dry and susceptible to new problems.  Zinc is a natural ingredient that has been shown to remove the fungus that leads to dandruff.  Zinc is able to balance the scalp gently.  It removes excess oil without drying.  It even normalizes the sebum gland so that it won’t continue to produce too much oil.  Zinc Plex shampoo is excellent for treating the scalp and scalp problems including dandruff.

Zinc is Helpful for Scalp Acne

August 19th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Acne on the face is bad enough, but what about when you get acne on the scalp?   What do you do?  You can’t use many of the products that are popular for facial acne on scalp acne.  They will dry the scalp and disrupt the balance the scalp needs to be healthy.  Some oil is needed on the scalp. 

If you want a healthy scalp, and beautiful hair, you need to work toward balancing the scalp.  Excess oil and bacteria build up are what leads to acne on the scalp.  You need to remove the extra oil and bacteria, but you do not need to strip the oil away completely.  Unfortunately, that is what most shampoos will do.  Chemical products are particularly drying. 

The health of your scalp depends heavily on the right balance of oil.  Most anti-acne products tend to take away too much oil.  Zinc is all natural.  It gently removes oil and dirt from the scalp and in the hair follicle.  It is also a regulating agent for the sebum gland.  It helps make sure that the sebum gland doesn’t produce too much oil.  Zinc is anti-bacterial which also makes it a great treatment for scalp acne removal.

Teenage Hair and Scalp

August 5th, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Teenagers often find that they have a problem with extra oil on the hair and scalp.  Hormonal changes at this time in life cause the sebaceous glands to produce extra oil.  If too much oil is produced the scalp and hair will look and feel greasy.  For most people this condition will decrease as they move out of their teens.  The extra oil not only looks bad but it can lead to various scalp problems such as scalp acne and clogged hair follicles. 

Many teenagers try to solve their oil problem by washing the hair more often.  Washing too much can lead to more problems.  Most people, even those with oily hair, need to wash about every other day.  The exception is someone who is extremely active.  The important thing is to use a mild shampoo that will not strip away too much oil and leave hair dry and damaged.  The goal is a balanced scalp with just the right amount of oil. 

A mild shampoo with the proper ingredients is the best choice.  Zinc pca is great for normalizing oily hair.  It is able to remove the right amount of oil without leaving hair dry.  It also regulates the production of the sebum gland.  It is a gentle ingredient that is able to clean deeply without stripping the hair.  Zinc pca replaces the moisture that is lost due to the elements and heated styling tools that many teenagers use on a regular basis.

How Straightening Affects Hair

August 2nd, 2010 by Scalper No comments »

Most people are not completely happy with the type of hair they are born with.  Straight hair is very popular right today.  So many people are turning to relaxers, or straighteners, to change their hair from naturally curly to straight. There are many options out there for straightening hair.  There are lye and no lye treatments as well as keratin treatments.  They all work by breaking the chemical bonds in curly hair.  This can be damaging to the hair.  Straightening usually dries the hair and can lead to breakage.  Some people just temporarily straighten hair with super hot flat irons.  These high heat styling tools also dry and damage the hair.  Especially when they are used on a regular basis. 

Chemical treatments such as relaxers not only cause damage to the hair, but they also often irritate the scalp.  If you choose to straighten the hair be prepared to deal with the damage afterwards by using a gently shampoo and conditioner that will restore moisture back to the hair.  Also, always have these types of treatments performed by an expert.  At home straightening treatments are not advised.  And you should always wait at least six weeks in between treatments.

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