At some point in our lives many of us will suffer with a dry scalp problem. Dry, flaky, itchy scalps can be embarrassing, particularly when the hair is dark, as loose flakes sit on our clothes or shoulders. Scalp problems can be down to poor health, a low immune system, an unbalanced diet, reaction to hair products, habitual scratching, hormonal changes or even hereditary factors.
A well-balanced microbiome of the scalp is an important factor, ensuring yeasts and bacteria levels are at a low to promote a healthy scalp and also grow a healthy hair from the follicle. Scaling conditions can cause oxidative damage to the scalp and hair and be another factor for poor hair growth. You couldn’t grow a healthy flower from bad soil!
Many forms of scalp disorders such as painful spots, general itchy scalps, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff or greasy scalps can be relieved or rectified at the clinic. An in-depth consultation is conducted to find the correct diagnosis and identify any potential factors which are prolonging and exacerbating conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Psoriasis and eczemas are chronic conditions stubborn to treat at home, but we can treat them in the clinic to relieve the symptoms, advise on a treatment plan to support you at home to help reduce the relapses and remove the scaling on the scalp.
We use keratolytic preparations to gently dermabraid the scales away, which is unique to Trichology; we do not use steroid-based ointments which can make the skin sensitive over time, which is particularly important due to the ongoing nature of the conditions to upkeep and maintain these conditions at bay.
Dandruff is clinically recognised by small, white, loose flakes that are easily shed onto our shoulders. The scales resurface within a few days of removing them, regular application of an appropriate shampoo will help keep them at bay.
Seborrhoeic eczema is found on the scalp and body. Yellowy, moist, white scales that are often present with crusting and redness to the head that can be exacerbated due to the natural yeast found on our scalps or aggravated by certain products. Ointments can be applied in the clinic to remove the scales and home use of recommended products is required to keep the condition at bay.
Pityriasis amiantacea is associated to asbestos-like scales; sticky, heavy mounds that stick to the hair firmly that make everyday styling very difficult. If these mounds are removed inappropriately they can take with them divots of hair and leave a small bald patch on the scalp. The NHSC can assist in treatment to help alleviate symptoms of this condition.
Psoriasis comes in many variants and is an auto-immune condition with associated signs on the scalp, nails and body. It can only be kept under control but as of yet, there is no cure. The NHSC can recommend specific shampoos manufactured for psoriasis to help slow down the skin cell’s over-production and offer soothing electrotherapy treatments in the clinic. We also work holistically, looking into the gut microbiome to see if we can improve any areas where the immune system shows signs of being compromised, which in turn can exacerbate the condition.
Psoriasis can appear as thick, silvery scales on clearly marginated pink or red plaques of skin. It will bleed and weep if attempts are made to remove it incorrectly (scratching) due to an insufficient ability for the skin to undergo the normal process of renewal. The period of time for normal skin rejuvenation takes approximately four weeks, yet in psoriasis it is accelerated by four to five times, making the skin turnover for sufferers of the condition reduced to one week, which is one reason for the heavy build up of scales.
The scalp can also suffer with many other conditions such as infestations, excessive greasiness, (seborrhoea), acne necrotica millaris, folliculitis, sebaceous cysts, neurodermatitis, and auto immune disorders such as lichen planus or lupus erythematosus.