Ask An Expert: A Solution For Your Dry Scalp
By Anna K. Fryxell |
You come to us to get the latest news in the beauty industry, but we want to make sure that you get the information that you ask for as well. That's why, every week we take your questions from our Facebook
and Twitter accounts, and reach out to experts in the industry for answers. This week we took a question from one of our readers, Leah, on our Facebook page. She asks:
I need a magic potion for my extra dry scalp. I've tried different shampoos, massage oils, etc, but I still have a problem.
We reached out to Beverly Hills hair restoration surgeon Dr. Craig L. Ziering for answers. Turns out, there are many reasons for why your scalp is dry and flaky. The most common reason for dry scalp is due to dry, winter weather or the way you're taking care of your hair. “Some shampoos contain chemicals like those found in detergents. The foaming effect actually strips the natural oils that your scalp needs, so you lose the natural oils and it throws off the pH balance in the scalp,” says Dr. Ziering.
Other factors could be fragrances or allergies to ingredients found in the hair products. The fix? Try switching to herbal shampoos that help restore your natural oils. Good ingredients to look for when purchasing products are zinc, pyrithione, jojoba, tea tree oil, and shea butter.
“Another basic remedy is to massage the scalp because it helps the circulation and promotes the production of natural oils,” says Dr. Ziering. Having a proper, balanced diet is also important because your body need to have sufficient fatty acids to produce the body oil it needs. It's also important to protect your scalp from the sun and heat because it can cause inflammation and other problems.
If these natural remedies don't work, then you could be facing a bigger issue that needs medical attention. Some other causes for dry scalp are eczema, psoriasis, and infections (fungal infections are the most common). Consult with your dermatologist to see if you could have one of these so they can prescribe you a medication that will clear it up.
So there you have it! You ask, the experts answer. Keep sending us those questions on Facebook
and Twitter, and we'll keep getting you expert advice.
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