There are many different types of scalp problems that can affect both men and women, from skin conditions such as seborrheic eczema and psoriasis to more everyday conditions such as dandruff. Left untreated, some of these conditions may lead to hair loss as the scalp struggles to stay healthy. Here, we look at a two of the most common scalp problems and how they can be treated.
Psoriasis is a relatively common skin condition which affects around 2% of the British population, first making an appearance most often in men and women under the age of 35. The condition presents itself as red patches on the skin covered in silvery-white scaly patches of dead skin.
Although Psoriasis is not a contagious condition, it can appear unsightly and cause those affected by it to feel self-conscious. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells. The skin cells in a psoriasis sufferer mature and die at a much faster rate than a healthy person’s skin cells – it takes around a week for skin cells to die off, whilst the normal rate is around a month.
Psoriasis is a chronic, long-term condition but treatment by a hair loss expert can help to ease symptoms. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment would likely be administered both in a clinical and a home-use setting. A treatment plan could include nutrition and lifestyle changes in addition to medications. Psoriasis can sometimes be re-occurring and no treatment should be considered a permanent cure.
Also known as Seborrheic Eczema, or cradle cap in infants, Seborrheic Dermatitis is caused by build-up of a yeast called malassezia, which occurs naturally in the skin – overproduction of oil is another factor. Seborrheic Dermatitis can present itself not only on the scalp but also in oily areas of the body such as around the nose and in the eyebrows. Symptoms include scaly patches, which may appear flaky – these are usually white or yellow, with red, itchy areas of skin. Left untreated, Seborrheic Dermatitis can cause hair loss.
A hair loss expert should be consulted if Seborrheic Dermatitis is suspected. They will work to reduce both the scale and inflammation. Frequent (daily) shampooing is essential and the amount of time that the medicated shampoo – such as Belgravia’s B4 medicated treatment shampoo – stays on the scalp is less important than the frequency with which it is used.
Ensuring shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly and using hypoallergenic or unfragranced products can also help to ease itching and irritation. For severe cases, certain medications may be prescribed, and dietary changes may be recommended.
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