Everyone will occasionally experience a bit of oily scalp – especially if you live in a hot and humid country like Singapore. But a little oil is acceptable! Believe it or not, sebum (the oil on your skin) actually supports and protects healthy hair.
Nonetheless, if your hair constantly feels greasy or unclean, an excessively oily scalp can be problematic. Additionally, an oily scalp can occasionally occur in conjunction with other symptoms that could point to a worrisome skin condition.
Let’s discuss the possible causes of an oily scalp and some of the symptoms that go along with it, how to treat these causes at home, and what to do if none of your home remedies works for you.
What causes an oily scalp?
There are many causes for oily scalp, but here are some of the common culprits:
1. Seborrheic Dermatitis
A skin ailment called seborrheic dermatitis – also known as dandruff – causes irritation and inflammation on the scalp. This ailment is characterised by pink, scaly skin patches resulting in flaky scalp skin drops. It may be the result of an allergic reaction or a sign of an autoimmune disorder. Nonetheless, seborrheic dermatitis is not dangerous and can usually be managed or treated at home.
2. Skin Conditions
3. Forehead acne
Acne on the forehead occurs when skin cells and oil chemicals become entrapped inside the pores. Additionally, it can induce a buildup of particular acne-causing bacteria, which results in acne pimples. Acne is usually caused by excessive oil production.
Your heredity may influence how much oil your glands secrete and how thick your hair is.
In addition to the common culprits listed above, an oily scalp can also be caused by overwashing hair and using shampoos and/or hair products with harsh chemicals. An oily and itchy scalp can often lead to hair loss. However, hair loss can also be caused by genetics, aging and damaged hair follicles.
Home remedies and over-the-counter treatments
For not-so-severe oily scalp conditions, home remedies and over-the-counter medication usually suffice. Nevertheless, remember that most of the evidence for these DIY treatments is anecdotal, and your outcomes could differ. While these recommendations do sometimes work, they don’t take the place of professional medical interventions.
Here are some remedies you can take in order to improve an oily scalp and hair loss:
1. Fish oil
According to limited research, fish oil may be useful for treating dandruff outbreaks that can lead to greasy scalp skin. Fish oil is typically offered as an oral dietary supplement due to its potential advantages for the immune system, joints and heart health.
2. Aloe vera
Another all-natural treatment for dandruff that has been supported by earlier research is aloe vera. Its ability to reduce inflammation, which triggers flare-ups, may explain its use.
Probiotics are regarded to be an effective approach to reducing body-wide inflammation, which can help manage dandruff flare-ups. Probiotics are deemed to be specifically effective for an oily scalp, but there isn’t a lot of research to support this. If they might help you, discussing them with your doctor is important.
4. Tea tree oil
Antiseptic tea tree oil can prevent bacterial and fungus buildups and acne breakouts or flare-ups of certain scalp skin diseases resulting from these buildups.
Put a few drops of tea tree oil on the affected region after diluting it with carrier oil, like coconut or olive oil.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Although apple cider vinegar is a popular anecdotal treatment, there isn’t enough proof to recommend it frequently for skin conditions. Some claim that it has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can help balance the pH of your hair.
After washing your hair, put a few drops of apple cider vinegar on your scalp. After a few minutes, rinse it thoroughly. However, remember that if you have eczema, apple cider vinegar may even aggravate your skin.
When to see a professional
Your hair is your crowning glory; therefore, when all home remedies fail, don’t forget that you can see a professional and get your scalp treated professionally. At Gui Ren Tang, our Hair Growth Treatment addresses several types of hair loss, including pattern hair loss, distinct patches hair loss, hormonal imbalance hair loss, receding hairline and chemical-caused hair loss.
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