We’re all guilty of pushing wash days a bit too far, but occasionally waiting too long between washes can cause scalp buildup. This buildup can impact the appearance and health of the scalp and hair.
What Is Scalp Buildup?
Scalp buildup is the collection of “dirt” from several sources, such as sebum (oil) production, skin cells, hair products, airborne pollutants, pollen, and even tobacco smoke, on the hair and scalp.
It’s often easy to see (and feel) scalp buildup when it occurs, but removing it isn’t always that simple. If you have ever had the experience of washing your hair, but still not feeling like it’s fully clean, scalp buildup was likely the culprit. Once formed, scalp buildup won’t always wash away with your normal shampoo—especially if you are using one without sulfates.
What can I do to treat scalp buildup at home?
The first step is to prevent the formation of buildup by washing regularly and using products that don’t have buildup causing ingredients. If you are looking to target existing buildup, start by using a clarifying shampoo or trying a combination of physical and chemical exfoliation.
When is scalp buildup something, Do I need to consult a doctor about?
Scalp buildup needs to be checked by a dermatologist if it persists, causes itching or inflammation, or starts to cause hair loss. In these cases, a dermatologist will be able to determine the cause of your discomfort, and ultimately a treatment. A medicated shampoo may be the best course of treatment for conditions such as dandruff.
Your dermatologist may prescribe a specific one, typically with zinc pyrithione to get at the root of flaking and ultimately control oil production on the scalp.
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About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.
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