Many of us tend to think about the skin on our scalp as a hair care issue and not a skin care issue. However, to maintain beautiful hair, it is important to approach your scalp maintenance from a skin care perspective. There are a number of common issues that people experience with their scalps that tend to present themselves as hair problems. Properly identifying them and treating them is the best way to go back to having beautiful hair and healthy skin.
Unhealthy Scalp Skin Causes Dandruff
Dandruff, the appearance of white flakes in the hair, is one of the most common scalp issues. If the scalp is too dry or too oily, it will start to flake off. This creates an embarrassing white mess that will show up in the hair and, sometimes, even on your clothes. In order to regulate the pH balance on the scalp and avoid dandruff, switch to a shampoo that has zinc pyrithione on the ingredient list. It will even out the texture of the scalp and reduce the appearance of dandruff.
Treating Scalp Eczema
Just as some people suffer from eczema of the skin on the rest of their bodies, scalp eczema is a common problem. It will generally present itself in the form of an itchy red rash on the scalp that, upon a close look, is made up of small bumps. This type of eczema occurs when the immune system incorrectly identifies a threat to the scalp. It begins to inflame in an effort to protect the area. Using a shampoo with primrose essential oil is a natural and safe way to treat scalp eczema.
Scalp Pain May Be Caused by An Infection
If you have noticed painful blisters or whiteheads on your scalp, you are likely suffering from an infection known as folliculitis. As the name suggests, this condition occurs when an infection arises in the hair’s follicles. If you notice the infection in the early stages, you can generally treat it yourself by using an antibacterial shampoo. Tea tree oil is also very effective in calming this condition. However, if the pain is severe and at home remedies are not working, you may need to see your doctor for an antibiotic.
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