OILY SCALP CONDITIONS
This page was designed to provide an overview of some common Scalp Conditions that present as Oily Scalp Conditions. It introduces simple explanation of Oil problems of the Scalp Skin, possible causes of the various Oily Scalp Conditions and summarizes possible treatment options.
If you have a persistent Oily Scalp Condition the best treatment will be achieved from a proper diagnosis with a Certified Trichologist.
COMMON OILY SCALP CONDITIONS ARE:
Seborrhea is a functional disease of the fat-producing Sebaceous Glands.
Seborrhea is characterized by an excessive secretion of fatty matter, appearing on the skin as an oily coating with or without erythema (redness), crusts and scaling of the skin.
Seborrhea is too much oil; however, skin can look dry or red as with Seborrheic Dermatitis commonly known as Oily Dandruff on the scalp.
Seborrhea can affect any skin area that has Sebaceous Glands.
Sebum (oil) production is genetically inherited but is also be influenced by sex hormones Androgens and Thyroxine.
Sebaceous Glands actively produce sebum from birth and can present as a scalp scale problem in babies known as 'Cradle Cap'.
Sebaceous activity then slows and the glands remain small and inactive until puberty when Androgen production increases the size of the Sebaceous Gland and the Sebum production.
Excessive oiliness in females can indicate a hormonal imbalance of high androgen levels.
Cause of the irritation and inflammation commonly associated with Seborrhea is not completely understood at this time, but it is believed that a build-up of the yeast Malassezia (formerly known as Pityrosporum ovale) in the Sebaceous Glands irritates the skin causing the redness and flaking.
Seborrhea is not completely curable, though symptoms can be successfully addressed and treated.
Seborrhea can go into remission or may occur in cycles. A person may be free from Seborrhea and then find that the symptoms reappear.
Seborrhoeic Dermatitis also known as Seborrheic Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder that can affect the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, creases of the nose, behind the ears, inside the external ear and along skin folds on the trunk of the body.
Typically, Seborrheic Dermatitis presents with yellowish scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin where the skin is oily or greasy.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is thought to be due to a combination of an over production of skin or scalp oil and irritation from the yeast malessizia.
Seborrheic Dermatitis seems to be a genetic, inherited Scalp Oil and Scale Condition.
Stress, fatigue, body balance and weather extremes may increase the risk and incidence of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis.
Combination therapy to control the oil production, remove and reduce the waxy scale build up, balance scalp hydrolipidfilm and ph body balancing is effective treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Seborrhea Oleosa is a greasy skin condition resulting from excessive secretion of sebum from the sebaceous glands.
Seborrhea Oleosa on the scalp presents as oily, greasy, stringy hair that requires daily washing.
The oiliness on the scalp commonly causes the scalp to be itchy and the hair to be limp.
In Seborrhea Oleosa on the scalp, the sebaceous glands found in or near hair follicles, increase the amount and quantity of their secretions resulting in oily hair problems.
This oily scalp skin condition usually presents at puberty but can continue throughout life.
Seborrhea Oleosa can also be present with Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss and Dandruff.
Stress, hyperthyroidism and excessive Androgen levels can increase the oil production.
Treatment focuses on balancing oil production and education on correct scalp cleansing procedures.
Cradle Cap can affect babies during the first three months of life when they develop this crusted yellow scale on the scalp.
Some may also have scaling and reddening behind the ears and on the neck which may be accompanied by a rash.
Cradle Cap is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis genetically inherited and is fairly easily controlled but not cured.
Cradle Cap may clear up spontaneously, but if the oily scalp condition persists, consult a Trichologist for a gentle scalp lotion to address the waxy scalp scale build up.
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