Oily Scalp: Causes and Treatments

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To keep the hair nourished and healthy, as well as to protect the scalp, all hair produces some oil. However, the oily scalp can be a problem if it causes your hair to feel greasy or dirty all of the time and making you feel self-conscious.

Let figure out what causes and how to deal with this problem.

Oily scalp makes hair look thinner
Oily scalp makes hair look thinner and greasy

Causes of oily scalp

Here are some common causes of oily scalp


Significant life events such as pregnancy, childbirth, puberty, and menopause all cause hormonal shifts that can affect the oiliness of your scalp.

Skin conditions

Eczema and psoriasis are two skin conditions that can cause red, scaly patches on your scalp.

Both of these conditions are immune dysfunction disorders.

Use the conditioner in the wrong way

The scalp produces its own natural oil, so there is no need to add conditioner to your roots. Therefore, applying conditioner to the roots of the hair can cause your scalp and hair to greasily

Wear headwear

Wearing headwear is likely to cause greasiness on the scalp. Because you are trapping the natural oils produced by your scalp (and adding additional heat to the environment), pushing hair toward the scalp increases the likelihood of oiliness spreading. Hats also flatten the hair, making the appearance of oil more obvious.

Can an oily scalp cause hair loss?

Hair loss because of oily scalp
Oily scalp and hair loss

The answer is “Yes. It can”. Excess oil can clog the follicle side and cause micro-inflammation in the hair follicle, contributing to unhealthy hair growth and hair loss.

Oily scalp treatments

Wash your hair at least twice a week

Washing your hair is the most important step in getting rid of an oily scalp. Your pores secrete oil from your glands, causing your scalp to become greasy and oily. Washing your hair with a suitable product on a regular basis will protect your scalp from excessive oil build-up and keep your hair healthy.

Rinse your hair at least twice a week. If you work out frequently, you can wash your hair every other day. When washing your hair, make sure to use chemical-free shampoos

Use shampoo and conditioner correctly

Follow these steps for best results:

First: Use shampoo

  • Squeeze a small amount of shampoo into your palm.
  • Apply it to your scalp and massage until it lathers.
  • Work the shampoo through your hair, but pay the most attention to the scalp.
  • Rinse your hair and scalp completely.

Second: Use conditioner

  • Squirt a small amount of conditioner into your hand
  • Massage it through your hair, avoiding the scalp.
  • Leave the conditioner in for about 3 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair completely.

After leaving the shower, gently blot a towel on your hair to remove moisture.

In addition, you should still use a stronger clarifying shampoo once a week.

Watch what you eat

Your diet is extremely important in maintaining the health of your scalp. If you have an oily scalp, you should avoid eating oily or fried foods. Include Omega-3 in your diet because it promotes scalp health and reduces oil secretion. Green vegetables and fruits are excellent natural hair supplements that keep your scalp healthy.

Stay away from heat tools

Heat tools make your scalp oily
If you have an oily scalp, heat tools are your worst enemy

Using heat tools cause your scalp to become greasy, your hair to become weak, and your hair to become damaged in the long run. If you still want to style your hair, opt for no-heat styling methods to protect it from potential damage.

Use tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a great source of antiseptic properties, that help to keep your scalp healthy and clean by preventing fungal and bacterial growth

Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, and put a few drops on the affected area. and massage it all over your scalp for about five to seven minutes. Repeat this at least twice a week to see results.

What to look for in a shampoo for oily scalp

Here are some key ingredients used in effective shampoos for an oily scalp:

If you’ve tried home remedies without success, or if you notice any new or worsening symptoms after beginning your home treatment plan, consult a doctor.

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Consult a doctor online to get the best treatment
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Reference: Healthline, what causes an oily scalp, and how do I treat It?

BeBeautiful.In, 11 simple ways to get rid of an oily scalp

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