Healig Scalp Guide. Uncloging Hair Follicles

There are several reasons why the scalp can end up with clogged hair follicles. Folliculitis happens when the hair follicles become infected with a type of bacteria. Often, it is Staphylococcus aureus (staph), but it can also be other types of bacteria as well as viruses or fungi. Occasionally, they can be caused by an ingrown hair. Sometimes we don’t know what the cause is.

Keep It Clean
Skipping a wash session can actually make the condition worse, while regularly sudsing up is a huge help. Wash hair with anti-dandruff shampoo and be sure to wash the hair every day or every other day. If you were sweating, wash your hair/scalp as soon as possible. She also recommends cleansing the area with antibacterial cleanser.

Step Up Your Shampoo
For someone with a more oily scalp, scales, and clogged pores, one can start with over-the-counter Nizoral (1% ketoconazole) shampoo ($19)—or get the prescription strength 2% ketoconazole from a dermatologist. Be sure to wash only the roots of the scalp with medicated shampoo by lathering in for five minutes and washing out with another shampoo to the rest of the hair and ends, like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. The reason to use only on roots is that ketoconazole or salicylic acid shampoos, although great at decreasing oil and treating yeast-causing dandruff, can be drying to the rest of the hair and may make it brittle, causing it to break off. Start with once a week. 

Soothe Inflammation
If thescalp looks red and angry, this especially applies:For the inflammation, you can take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Use a warm compress to help soothe inflammation. You can also apply a topical steroid cream to reduce inflammation and take an OTC antihistamine, which may help soothe itching.

Check the Label
Try to avoid silicone or dimethicone-containing shampoos. Alternate shampoos with salicylic acid to scalp with regular shampoo to descale or exfoliate the scalp. and Skip Hats Don’t wear hats or helmets longer than necessary,” LoGerfo advises. They can trap bacteria and oil, potentially worsening the condition.

Mix It Up
Use a variety of different shampoos—don’t use the same shampoo every day; rotate them. Using a medicated shampoo in more severe cases can help.

Treat Wounds
“Apply antibiotic ointment to large areas and any sores that are open

Don’t Touch
Hands off is the best policy when it comes to unclogging hair follicles, since you don’t want to introduce more germs or trigger irritation. Avoid constantly touching, scratching, or rubbing the scalp. As well as pulling or twisting at your hair.

Stop Shaving Your Head
Putting the razor down will help ease irritation. If you are shaving your head, use a new, clean razor each time.


Source: Byrdie

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