Scalp Problems and Hair Loss

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What Are Scalp Problems?

Scalp problem remedies have been a large part of our market since we started using laser hair therapy to treat hair loss. Why? Because in order to have a healthy head of HAIR, you have to have a HEALTHY SCALP! Mediceuticals® has been there to support these problems by offering dermatological solutions to help treat all scalp conditions. Scalp problems are any irritation or disease of the skin on the head, excluding the face and neck. One of the common complications of skin problems on the scalp is that it eventually leads to hair loss. In these instances, hair loss is not a symptom of the main disorder but rather occurs as a complication of the disease progressing or not seeking treatment in time. Identifying the most likely cause and implementing the appropriate treatment requires the professional guidance at times.

The Mediceuticals® product line offers different shampoos, rinses and scalp therapy treatments for all dermatological scalp conditions!

the scalp and hair lossHow Healthy is Your Scalp and Hair? — Types of Scalp Problems

Dandruff isn’t contagious. So how do you get it? Doctors aren’t sure, but one theory is that it may be due to an overgrowth of a fungus. Other possible risk factors include oily skin, stress, obesity, cold, dry weather. Although it’s embarrassing — and the itching can be bothersome — dandruff isn’t harmful. We have products that will eliminate dandruff completely and permanently.

What Causes Telogen Effluvium? It can push hair into its resting, or telogen, state. A shock to your system — surgery, vaccinations, giving birth, some medications, crash diets, severe stress, thyroid problems. About two months later, you may see hair falling out and thinning — a condition called telogen effluvium, sometimes described as hair “coming out in handfuls.” In most cases, new hair starts growing right away.

Dry Scalp Characterized by a tight feeling scalp and dry skin flakes falling from the scalp. The most common causes of dry scalp are climate, swimming pools, sun exposure, and harsh shampoos that dissolve the natural sebum on the scalp and remove moisture. Some factors that can increase the risk of dry scalp include: Hormonal changes (like puberty), excess alcohol consumption, eating high-sugar, spicy, or high-salt foods, lack of nutrients like fatty acids and vitamin B, weather changes, and stress. We have products that will add moisture to the scalp without leaving oil or any residue to clog the follicle or weigh down the hair shaft.

Medication – A surprising side effect among the medications that list hair loss as a side effect are anticlotting drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs, antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and drugs for menopause, birth control, and antibiotics. Usually, hair grows back when the medication is stopped, but may not in some cases.

Oily Scalp – Oily scalp is a problematic condition that can lead to greasy hair, dandruff or a skin disorder known as seborrheic dermatitis. Excess oiliness, also known as seborrhea, is one of the most common scalp conditions. Oily scalp often results from an excess production of your skin’s natural oils, or sebum. This can cause your hair and scalp to feel greasy or dirty, even if you’ve recently washed your hair. We have products that will treat and control the over-production of oil, it’s actually our best selling product in the Mediceutical® line.

Seborrheic Dermatitis – Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disorder, generally confined to areas where sebaceous (oil) glands are most prominent. The condition is not harmful or contagious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Although the cause is unknown, several contributing factors may play a role: abnormality of the oil glands and hair follicles, a yeast fungus with bacteria growing in the sebum, production of certain hormones, stress, change of seasons and fatigue.

Alopecia Areata- This is when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out — often suddenly. Most people will have one or two bald patches. Alopecia areata isn’t harmful or contagious, but it can be tough psychologically. Hair may grow back on its own, and treatment may help it grow back more quickly. Unfortunately, some people may experience alopecia areata repeatedly.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin and scalp disease of scaling and inflammation. Psoriasis occurs when skin cells quickly multiply below the surface of the skin and accumulate on the surface before they have a chance to mature. Usually, skin cell turnover takes about a month, but with psoriasis the process occurs in only a few days. Typical Psoriasis results in patches of thick red, inflamed skin covered with silvery scales referred to as plaques which usually itch and feel sore. Psoriasis is believed to be caused primarily by an immune system disorder, genetics, infections, stress, or medication.

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, the condition appears like a ring or rounded shape it may be itchy but is not painful. The fungus that causes ringworm on the scalp is uncommon in other parts of the body. This condition is contagious and has a raised circular red patch on the skin that have a lighter center often causing bald spots which are usually inflamed and scaly. If you believe a client has ringworm you must inform them immediately because it is contagious.

 Mediceuticals® was formulated to help control all scalp conditions and to normalize the function of the scalp. This is crucial in maintaining a full and healthy head of hair. If you think you may have a scalp condition, call our office for a free scalp analysis.