How to deal with Sebum and Hair Loss?
What is Sebum?
Sebum is the medical term used to describe oils produced by the sebaceous glands under the surface of the skin. The sebaceous glands are located deep under the skin all over your body and connect with your hair follicles. They release a mixture of fats and dead cells through the pores. What you see is an oily or greasy appearance to your hair and scalp. We all produce sebum and while a normal amount is healthy, too much or build-up of sebum on your scalp is not healthy and can lead to hair loss.
How does Sebum contribute to hair loss?
Sebum, although it sounds gross, is not entirely a bad thing. It provides your scalp and your hair a natural source of moisture that helps protect the hair from becoming brittle and breaking off. However, if you produce too much sebum your scalp will become too oily which can affect the growth of your hair. The sebaceous glands surround the hair follicle and when too much sebum is produced it can block the follicle from getting the nutrients it needs for healthy growth. The follicle needs blood flow and oxygen to survive and thrive. Excess sebum will build up and harden over time basically suffocating your hair follicles. This can result in more than normal shedding and increased hair loss.
Can you remove excess sebum?
Yes, you can! Washing your hair regularly with a mild shampoo will help remove excess sebum and prevent it from building up to an unhealthy amount. But remember some sebum is good so be careful not to overdo it. If your scalp starts to feel dry, then you are probably removing too much. Everyone’s hair and scalp are different. If your hair and scalp tend to be on the dryer side normally try shampooing every other day.
If you are someone with an oily scalp even though you wash your hair regularly or have sebum build-up, you might need something a little stronger to remove it in order to get your hair and scalp healthy. There are products that can help with this. SureThik Root Penetrating Shampoo and SureThik Nutrient Infusion Conditioner are really great option. SureThik has specialized formulas for both men and women, made with ingredients that eliminate build-up, promote increased circulation, and help strengthen the week and damaged hair. Additionally, SureThik’s formulas are all SLS and Paraben free so they provide a deep clean while still being gentle enough to use every day.
What else can you do?
Simply brushing your hair or scalp massages can be very beneficial. This will help increase circulation and blood flow bringing oxygen and other nutrients to the follicle. A healthy diet is also important when it comes to oil production in the body. Stay away from refined carbohydrates like white bread, refined flour, sugar, fast food, and dairy. These types of food can spike insulin levels and ultimately stimulate excessive sebum production. Alternatively, try incorporating lots of Vitamin A-rich foods like leafy vegetables, sweet potato, mangos, and eggs in your diet. These foods can actually help lower sebum production, not to mention have a variety of other health benefits. Eating the right vitamin-packed food will make your hair and scalp feel and look healthier. There are lots of supplements available over the counter too! Look for things with Biotin, B Vitamins, Vitamin A and Zinc.
Overall, it’s best to take a balanced approach. Practice good hygiene, a healthy diet/lifestyle and invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner.
Trust me, your hair and scalp will thank you!
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