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Oily Scalp: An Overview

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The benefits of a healthy scalp for hair growth and overall health are obvious, but there's one thing we don't often talk about: oily scalps. Let’s get in-depth knowledge on how oil affects our hair and what causes our hair to be greasy in the first place.


The skin on the scalp produces a substance called sebum.
You may be wondering, what is sebum? Sebaceous glands are found all over the skin. They produce a natural oil called sebum to protect the hair and scalp. Sebum coats and protects hair from dryness, environmental factors, and even bacteria.


Sebaceous Glands

When healthy, this natural oil helps to keep the balance of pH on your scalp and hair – which is essential for healthy growth! If there is too much sebum production or if it's not dispelled from your scalp properly (usually by washing), then it can build up on top of your head - leading to greasy-looking hair that feels heavy or oily to touch.


Human hair is naturally coated with this oil, which protects it from moisture loss, dirt, and pollution in the atmosphere.

Sebum protects the hair by forming a barrier between your scalp and external elements like dust or dirt that could damage it. It also acts as an emollient on your skin to soften it while helping to control excessive sweating; its anti-inflammatory properties protect against itchiness caused by dandruff or eczema flare-ups.

The natural oils produced by your scalp not just give the hair a natural shine but also help keep the pH level of your hair and scalp balanced. This prevents bacteria from growing in those areas.

It's a good idea to keep your hair oiled. It lubricates your hair and gives it a natural shine. The sebum also acts as a natural protector for your scalp. When your scalp is producing enough oil, it helps keep bacteria from growing on your hair and scalp. This can help prevent dandruff, acne, and other skin conditions, as well as dandruff and itching from dry scalp.

It's important that you understand that sebum isn't an all-or-nothing protective coating; just like any substance, it can be too much or too little depending on circumstances and varies from person to person.



The Cause of Oily Scalp

The main cause of oily scalp is the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands in your skin which lubricates and protects your scalp from drying out. Overproduction of sebum causes a buildup on the scalp surface, which can lead to greasy hair and dandruff.

There are many factors that can contribute to oily scalp including:

  • Genetics 
  • Hormones (including birth control)
  • Stress level
  • Medications (including antidepressants)
  • Diet and environment
  • Shampooing frequently or not enough

We all have different hair types, and that means we all need different things to keep our hair healthy and protected. Whether you have an oily or dry scalp, you need the right amount of oil to keep your hair healthy and protected.


Conclusion
Oily scalp is not a disease, but rather just one of the symptoms that can occur due to a variety of causes. It is important to understand what is causing your oily scalp and how you can treat it so that you can feel better and enjoy your hair again without limits.


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