Posts Tagged ‘Dandruff’

Seborrheic Dermatitis Versus Dandruff

July 24th, 2011

Seborrheic Dermatitis versus dandruff- which one do y ou have and how can you tell. The school of thought – and also what we believe -  is that there is a very specific fungus called malassezia – both malassezia furfur and malassezia globosa that cause both dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis as well as cradle cap in babies and infants.

So What is The Difference Between Seborrheic Dermatitis & Dandruff

The difference is the amount of the fungus that is present on the scalp or any other area of the body where the irritation, flaking and redness can be found. So basically seborrheic dermatitis is the severe form of dandruff.  Those that have mild forms of dandruff have less of a count of the fungus on the scalp. People that have the classification of seborrheic dermatitis have a much higher count of malasezzia fungus inside the follicle.

What Causes The Fungus To Grow Out Of Control

If you suffer from severe dandruff, chronic dandruff anywhere on the body such as beard dandruff, eyebrow danruff and even ear dandruff then you have seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis can affect the nose, the ears including the inside and the back of the ear where it meets the head. Seborrheic dermatitis can affect the eyebrows by leaving them flaking and itching.

One of the first things that you need to know is that the fungus feeds off of scalp oils (sebum) and sugar including and espcially fruit sugars. So step #1. During breakouts of dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis you need to stop the sugar. This includes raw sugar and high sugar items such as sweets, ice, cake, cangy and soft drinks unless they are diet. Stevia and a few other artificial sweeteners should also be avoided while in a breakout or if trying to prevent a breakout. Secondly, make sure to wash your hair daily. This fungus feeds off of the scalp oils! It is vital to make sure and cleanse your scalp and body (affected areas) daily. This will make a big difference.

Finally – there is a breakthrough ingredient for seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. It is the magic bullet that kills 3 birds with one single stone. The ingedient is called Zinc pca. Remember that zinc is nature’s anti biotic. BUT this form of zinc is much more than that. It regulates the amount of sebum or oils that the body will put out. This form of zinc is also anti bacterial and anti fungal-  naturally. There are also herbs that help to irrigate and purify the hair follicle. This herbal complex along with zinc pca make Zincplex an amazing product. Our lotion also uses several essential oils for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis including tea tree oil, neem and much more!

Yes These Can Cause Hair Loss

Seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff both cause inflammation inside the hair follicle. They also cause the scalp to emit more scalp oils. This is a defense mechanism of the scalp to prevent damage caused by the fungus or bacteria. however, the emission of extra scalp oil can cause more long term problems. This is because the fungus feeds off of the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis hair loss or danruff hair loss or hair thinning can be helped by reducing the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. When under complete control you

Where Does Itchy Scalp Come From

August 30th, 2010

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

How Do You Get Rid Of Dandruff?

August 24th, 2010

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.

What is Making My Scalp Itch?

July 26th, 2010

Scalp itchy is an all too common problem.  It can be caused by a number of scalp conditions.  Treating itchy scalp involves getting rid of the root cause and creating a proper oil balance on the scalp.  So first of all it is important to find out what is calling the itchy scalp.  The following is a list of the most common causes and some of their symptoms. 

Dandruff- Flaking and itching from this bothersome condition is often the diagnosis.

Dry Scalp- The simple lack of oil may be causing the scalp to itch. 

Contact Dermatitis- The chemicals ingredients in the many hair product we use can cause an irritation on the scalp and lead to contact dermatitis. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis- This is an itchy condition with yellowish greasy scales on the scalp.  They may spread to the ears and nose as well. 

Scalp Psoriasis- Psoriasis is usually white or silvery in color.  The scales can be thick and may occur in various spots on the scalp.  If psoriasis is on the scalp it will often be found on other parts of the body as well. 

Scalp Acne- Acne on the scalp is similar to that on the face, but it is more difficult to treat because of the hair.  Some cases are mild while others can be quite severe.    

Head Lice- While this is more common in children, it is possible for anyone to suffer from head lice.  To tell if lice are present look for nits, tiny eggs, attached to the hair follicle about one inch from the scalp.

Dandruff Can be Severe

July 21st, 2010

You may think of dandruff as a minor problem.  At times however, it can be severe.  Anyone can be affected by dandruff, young or old, man or woman. 

The mild symptoms of dandruff are itching and flaking.  The  more severe form of dandruff is often called seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrheic eczema.   This condition consists of large greasy scales on the scalp.  They tend to be itchy and flaky and are often yellowish in color.  They may even spread to other areas such as the scalp, ears, and eyebrows.  

Dandruff can be caused by a few things, but many experts think it mainly comes from an excess of fungus on the scalp.  The fungus is ok in small amounts, but in large amounts it will cause dandruff.  It is more common in dry winter weather and can also be causes by stress and hormonal changes.  It is a chronic condition and can be hard to remedy.      

An excess of oil allows the fungus to multiply.  In order to solve the problem oil must be removed.  But it is important not to remove too much oil.  A healthy scalp needs the proper amount of oil.  Natural products like zinc pca and jojoba oil are good are removing fungus while still leaving enough oil for the scalp to be healthy.

Flaky Scalp – End Flaking and Itching on The Scalp

December 11th, 2009

Flaky Scalp Issues

 Dry and flaky scalp can be a very frustrating situation.  Quite a few things can cause flaky scalp.  Some of those are winter weather, changes in diet, heated styling tools, and dehydration.  Chemical laden hair products are also a common cause of dry flaky scalp.  Flaking is often caused by dandruff, but it could be other conditions like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. 

Dandruff is caused by the accumulation of dry skin on the scalp.  Dandruff is usually mild with moderate flaking.  However, some cases can be more serious.  Flakes can mound up together on the scalp.  Severe cases can cause crusting as well.  The condition is usually uncomfortable and itchy. 

Seborrheic dermatitis causes red itchy and scaly skin.  It is somewhat similar to dandruff, but usually worse with red swollen areas.  It can spread to other areas such as the face. 

Psoriasis is another common cause of flaky scalp.  Psoriasis is characterized by thick crusted plaques on the skin and scalp.  They tend to be powdery with a silvery sheen.  Psoriasis tends to be present on other areas of the body including the scalp.  Some common places that psoriasis occurs are the elbows and knees. 

The key way to get a healthy scalp is to create a proper oil balance on the scalp.  A healthy scalp needs to have the right amount of oil and a balanced PH level.  Most hair products have too many chemicals that tend to remove too much oil from the scalp and only cause the condition to get worse. 

Flaky scalp can be helped with ingredients like zinc, jojoba oil and emu oil.  They are beneficial in creating a healthy and balanced scalp.

Basic Scalp Problems Listed

November 11th, 2009

Basic Scalp Problems Most people don’t realize that taking care of the scalp is just as important, if not more important, as taking care of the hair. Many people suffer from scalp problems. They can be annoying, embarrassing, and sometimes even painful.

Some of the most common scalp problems are: • Flaking • Itching • Dry Scalp • Oily Scalp Flaking and itching scalp are the most common concern for many people. This is often caused by dandruff. Dandruff may be mild with minor flaking and itchy or it may be worse with mounds of flakes forming on the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis will also cause itch and flaking.

A person with this scalp condition will have greasy yellowish scales covering red irritated skin. Dry scalp is a problem for many people. Unlike dandruff which usually has large flaking a dry scalp will have tiny flakes. This may be caused by cold weather, dry indoor air, or heated styling tools. Chemicals in many shampoos may cause a scalp to be too dry as well. A dry scalp leads to other problems such as folliculitis as well. On the other side of the spectrum, sometimes the scalp is too oily. The sebum gland produces oil on the scalp.

When it is overproducing there will be an excess of scalp oil. This can lead to problems such as bumps, scalp acne, and seborrhea. A healthy scalp depends on the proper amount of oil. Many hair products that say they treat scalp problems contain chemicals that dry out the scalp and hair. This will make most problems worse or cause new issues to arise. There are natural ingredients that work to create an optimal oil balance on the scalp. Zinc pca is a natural ingredient that cleans the scalp and regulates the sebum gland. Emu oil and jojoba oil moisturize and help create balance as well.

Herbs That Stop Dandruff and Itchy Scalp

November 3rd, 2009

Herbs That Help With Dandruff 

Dandruff is a dermatological problem. It is prone to affects scalps that secrete more oil. It takes the form of small white flakes on the scalp. Not only does it make the scalp feel very itchy, it is also embarrassing to have scalp dandruff in one’s hair. There are medicated shampoos available in the market that takes care of the problem temporarily, but they also come with side effects. These side effects include extreme dryness of hair and scalp and unwanted hair fall.  

Using certain herbs and ingredients easily found in one’s kitchen, remedies can me made that will help treat scalp dandruff. Here are a couple of them you can try if suffering from dandruff: 

Essential natural based oils are greatly beneficial in treating skin problems and used in holistic treatments. Whether used to give massages for treating skin rashes or in diffusers for aromatic treatment, they have immense soothing qualities. You can mix them with other kinds of oil or dilute with water when applying on your body.

Horsetail herb is another effective ingredient. The two main ingredients of this herb are the minerals zinc and silica. Both are very good for keeping your scalp healthy. Keep using this herb for about two months on a daily basis. Mix ten drops of tincture of this herb along with water or simply a tablespoon of horsetail juice.

 

You can try using silica on your hair as well as scalp. When bathing, mix into your shampoo two tablespoons of bulk organic vegetal silica in a cup of water. You can also make a hair wash solution by dissolving about 25 capsules of vegetal silica aqueous extract in water.

 

The juice made from the root of the stinging nettle herb is also very helpful. You can either drink this or massage it onto your scalp. When consuming it, take about ten tinctures of the juice mixed with some water.

The rosemary herb has strong antiseptic and astringent powers. It helps in improving blood circulation. This is especially beneficial for those suffering from psoriasis. As far as the dosage is concerned, add a tablespoon of this herb to half a cup of your shampoo. Keep using this mix of your shampoo and the herb for about two weeks everyday.

 

You can try many different kinds of herbs as rinsing liquid and see which one suits you the most. Some of them are tea made from the stinging nettle or the one made from burdock. Then there is tea from chaparrel as well as yarrow and red clover. In fact, the herb aloe vera can be used as a shampoo by itself. Run some of the gel into your scalp, lather and rinse it off with water.

When using all of the above-mentioned remedies, the focus must be on the scalp and not your hair. It is advisable that you soak a cotton ball in whatever ingredient you are using, part your hair and then rub the cotton over your scalp. Let the oil or juice for a while and then rinse your hair as usual. If you are prone to dandruff, it is best to avoid conditioners.

 

What Causes Scalp Sores

November 3rd, 2009

What Causes Scalp Sores and What are They

Scalp sores are a fairly common ailment. There are a few medical reasons that lead to itchy and irritating scalps. These can be scalp acne, folliculitis, cysts, skin cancer, dermatitis, etc. Some may even get sores or bumps in addition to contact dermatitis, which is usually due to an allergic reaction to hair-products they’re using. Sores may also be caused by a viral infection like shingles or chicken pox. However what causes scalp sores for most people is quite simply an imbalance in the scalp. This is handled by using very specific shampoos to rebalance the scalp!

In case of infections, these scalp sores will appear on other areas of the body too. Cysts may also affect the scalp as they do other parts of the body. Folliculitis on the other hand is specific to hair follicles, occurring when a hair follicle is left open and becomes infected by bacteria, often due to an overly dry scalp. A similar problem is acne, which may affect the scalp as it does the face and back, often due to hormonal and stress-related problems and cause severely painful and itchy bumps and sores. Skin cancer, though rare, usually occurs on areas of the scalp that have little or no hair.

So, it is a good idea to get any moles that are changing color or size, persistent sores, etc checked by a dermatologist. Once you rule out cancer, it may be better to get herbal cures for long term results, as drug based shampoos will only damage your hair in the long run.

The key to a healthy scalp is getting the right balance, which can be reached with a healthy lifestyle. While a too-oily scalp will will result in scalp acne from the oil trapped in the follicle, a scalp that is too dry will result in a dry scalp. Zinc and other such natural products can limit the activities of the sebum gland and lead to a proper balance in the scalp. The key to a healthy scalp is a balanced scalp condition and so you should always try and achieve this.

The hair follicles should be opened up to put the scalp back into balance. Scalp acne treatment is way more useful for this than simple acne crams. A special shampoo with a conditioner that makes use of herbal products and amino acids is useful to restore balance in the hair scalp. When balance is restored scalp problems will be solved somewhat.

Moisturizing the dry scalp is one of the bets ways of getting rid of problems like itchy and flaky scalp. There are several scalp conditions that can be treated at home itself. There are several natural oils and conditioners that can be used at home to restore balance and change the course of the damage that is a result of SLS and all of these harmful chemicals. There are natural oils consisting of German Chamomile, Eucalyptus and Lavender and neem oil too that should take care of the moisturizing required for a dry and itchy scalp. In fact several of these components like neem especially have amazing antiseptic capacities too.

The harmful chemicals that are all over our contemporary environment are not going to go away very soon or in fact ever. Thus it is necessary that you work permanently to work through and over and above these pollutants and harmful substances. Under such conditions it has become necessary to work towards bettering the conditions of the scalp and natural oils of a mild variety and lotions of various kinds can come across as extremely useful in this endeavor. We have to constantly rejuvenate our natural assets.  

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