Does an oily scalp cause hair loss? Causes, treatment and prevention...

Hair Maintenance
Jul 23 2022

Oily hair looks messy, greasy, oily, shiny and often has an unpleasant smell.

People who have oily hair often have other areas of the skin such as the nose, forehead or chin that are oily, i.e. "seborrheic". The term seborrheic comes from the word sebum. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands that covers and protects the scalp from bacteria. However, excessive sebum production leads to oily hair.

Types of sebum

We can identify two types of sebum: oily sebum and greasy sebum. Greasy sebum is dense and is found on the skin, making it oily. Oily sebum is more liquid and spreads easily over the hair, making it greasy and oily.

An oily scalp often has furuncles. Furuncles are small abscesses that can form in the skin and are often accompanied by inflammation and pain. Boils usually appear where the hair follicles have been blocked by sebum or bacteria.

The presence of oily dandruff, white or semi-yellow scales composed of dead skin, on the scalp is common for people with oily hair. They may also suffer from localized itching and pain on the scalp.

In these cases, the sebum causes the follicles to become clogged, preventing healthy hair growth.

Generally, the function of sebum is to facilitate the hydration of the skin, to lubricate and waterproof the hair shaft, making it more robust, resistant and aesthetically pleasing, and to establish a layer that protects the skin from external agents such as the sun, cold and bacteria. Androgenic hormones are also very important, as they control the amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous gland.

In the case of sebum hypersecretion (seborrhea), the functions of the sebum are altered and the balance is disrupted. This imbalance jeopardizes the health of the hair and consequently causes hair and scalp problems.

Symptoms such as itching and irritation of the scalp are caused by the presence of excess sebum, which can degenerate into seborrheic hair loss. However, this is not dangerous to your health and remains an aesthetic or hygienic issue.

Excessive production of sebum and defects in its quality can eventually damage the hair and lead to hair loss.

Causes

Among the causes of oily hair are: stress, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, auto-intoxication and nutrition.

Profuse sweating of the scalp is called hyperhidrosis. In this case, the sweat expelled by the sweat glands mixes with the sebum, making it greasier and oilier. Usually, hyperhidrosis is not associated with an oily face and skin.

Solutions

The use of the wrong shampoos or other harsh hair products can be included among the potential causes of oily hair, as their use leads to excessive sebum production, which exacerbates the problem.

It is important to use a gentle shampoo containing cysteine derivatives or B vitamins that prevent the removal of too much sebum from the skin, thus depriving it of its natural protection. Freÿa shampoo is the ideal shampoo for oily hair. It provides deep cleansing without stripping or disturbing the natural balance of your scalp. You can then increase the frequency of hair washing to allow the skin to free itself of excess sebum, enabling the hair to "breathe".

In addition, using a hair treatment helps reduce excessive oil production. It is important to use a mask with antibacterial and antiseptic properties to purify and remove waste and bacteria.

Opt for a light mask containing jojoba oil such as Angelia's hair mask which helps regulate the scalp's excess sebum production while stimulating hair growth.

Do not dry hair at high temperatures or by holding the dryer too close to the skin, as this causes sebum thinning, thus increasing its production.

A final, natural remedy is the use of saw palmetto to combat the action of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible not only for excess sebum but also for hair loss. It is important to talk to your doctor before taking any dietary supplements.

A good massage with a stimulating serum like L'Ör Fortifying Serum improves the skin's circulation, blocked by the pressure that excess sebum imposes on the hair follicles.

In conclusion, remember that oily hair is not only a cosmetic challenge, but a symptom of a skin abnormality that can damage the hair, thus increasing hair loss.

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