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.
There are no magic cures for psoriasis and eczemas, but we provide a thorough explanation of the conditions and what you can use to relieve them. We mix preparations to gently dermabraid the scales off, which is unique to Trichology; we do not use steroid-based ointments which can thin the skin over time, particularly important due to the ongoing upkeep and maintenance required to keep these conditions at bay.
We can mix personal tailor-made shampoos, conditioners, keratolytic de-scaling ointments and soothing lotions or creams, and have them posted out to your home address for your convenience (initial consultation required). These are affordable and cost between £15 and £25.
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 is a condition that can be related to arthritis, and show signs on the scalp and body. It can only be kept under control as there is no cure as yet. The NHSC can recommend specific shampoos manufactured for psoriasis to help slow down the skin cell’s production and offer soothing treatments for home use.
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.