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Oily scalp

An oily scalp, also known as seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis, occurs when the sebaceous glands produce an excessive amount of sebum, the natural oil that lubricates the scalp and hair. Several factors can contribute to an oily scalp, and treatment recommendations from a dermatologist may include:

Causes of Oily Scalp:

  1. Hormonal Imbalance: Fluctuations in hormone levels, such as during puberty or menstruation, can lead to increased sebum production.
  2. Genetics: Some people have a genetic predisposition to overactive sebaceous glands, leading to oily scalp and hair.
  3. Stress: Emotional and physical stress can affect hormone levels, potentially triggering an oily scalp.
  4. Seasonal Changes: Humid and hot weather can stimulate sebum production.
  5. Hair Care Products: Using heavy or oil-based hair products can exacerbate oiliness.
  6. Overwashing: Paradoxically, washing the hair too frequently can stimulate more sebum production as the scalp tries to compensate for the lost oils.

Treatment as per a Dermatologist:

  1. Use a Mild Shampoo: Choose a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo designed for oily or sensitive scalps. Washing your hair regularly can help remove excess oil and debris.
  2. Avoid Heavy Hair Products: Opt for lightweight, non-comedogenic hair products to avoid further clogging of the scalp pores.
  3. Scalp Exfoliation: Gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and excess oil. Dermatologists may recommend specific exfoliating products or treatments.
  4. Antifungal Shampoos: If the oily scalp is accompanied by dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, antifungal shampoos containing ingredients like ketoconazole or selenium sulfide may be prescribed.
  5. Topical Solutions: Dermatologists may suggest topical solutions containing active ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid to help regulate sebum production.
  6. Medicated Treatments: In severe cases, dermatologists may prescribe topical or oral medications, such as retinoids or oral contraceptives, to address hormonal imbalances.
  7. Dietary and Lifestyle Changes: Making dietary adjustments, reducing stress, and managing underlying health conditions can also contribute to a healthier scalp.
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