Sore Scalp Causes & Remedies To Relieve Tender Scalp

January 27, 2010 by admin  
Filed under HOME REMEDIES, Uncategorized

by Mia Wadsworth

If you have been experiencing the pain and discomfort of a sore scalp whether it be:

  • Tender and aching 
  • Dry and feel tight 
  • Itchy and uncomfortable 
  • Irritated, burning with redness or rash like symptoms 
  • Or just plain sore and not feeling right

You could be like thousands of people who live with sore irritated scalp wondering where it came from, why it won’t go away, no matter how many creams and shampoo treatments you use.  I know it can very frustrating not having the answers you need to deal with the problem and get fast relief & an understanding of why you have a sore scalp in the first place you can eliminate it & prevent the problem coming back to bother you again.

The positive news is that most sore scalp symptoms can be narrowed down to a few common causes from the type of shampoo you have been using or sensitivity to hair dye to tying your hair up too tightly.  There are also a number of natural scalp remedies  you can use to treat my scalp problems  that work to soothe and heal your scalp bringing it back into balance again.
The first thing to do is to identify your issue.  If you have dry scalp that feels tight you may have stripped the natural sebum from your scalp and affected the PH balance.  This can occur when using a shampoo that contains harsh cleansers which are the equivalent to engine degreasers in some cases so naturally strip the oils from your scalp.  You scalp needs these oils to maintain its balance which functions to protect against yeast organisms such as Melassesia Globbosa or Pitysporum Ovale which result in dandruff and flaking.  Then the further and continued use of cleansers can lead to chronic scalp itching.  Makes perfect sense when you think about it doesn’t it?

The next thing you may notice is sore tender hair follicles which sometimes can occur from having your hair tied up too tightly forcing your follicles into a direction which is uncomfortable after a period of time.  It is also a little known fact though that many shampoos contain ingredients that corrode hair follicles and aggravate them around the roots.  Obviously, if these chemicals can wreak havoc on our follicles – then they can also infiltrate and aggravate the sensitive glands that surround them producing the oils to keep your hair, scalp and follicles protected and balanced.  This can result in scalp pimples also where follicles become inflamed or infected.

There are of course other causes including ringworm.  Ringworm  of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a superficial fungal infection of the scalp. Scalp ringworm is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. Ringworm infection occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies anywhere on your skin, scalp, or nails. It is far more common in children and symptoms include red, itchy patches on the scalp, leaving bald areas. The skin might itch and be red and peel or be scaly, have swollen blisters or a rash (that can spread) and looks like black dots.  The rash is highly contagious.  It is normally treated with over the counter products containing miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar.  Sometimes Prescription antifungal skin medications, such as ketoconazole are needed to clear it up.  There are also products direct from nature’s factories that can aid the healing process and act as natural anti-biotics, although it must be said that ringworm is an aggressive fungus which needs to be monitored closely and treated accordingly.

If you have a bump or lump under the skin (commonly a lump behind the ears with no broken skin or rash developing, then this could be a cyst.  Cysts are liquid filled pustules which can be painful when they become infected.  If you have such symptoms I recommend seeing a doctor to be safe.  Doctors can also treat cysts with antibiotics if they have become infected or incise them as a further but uncommon procedure if the antibiotics are not sufficient.  Again, I would suggest visiting a doctor if you have these symptoms.

So what about the other causes listed above -what can you do at home to help heal and clear up dandruff, dry itchy or sore scalp?  Well first stop using harsh shampoos and go for natural Sulphate and paraben free shampoos that contain ingredients such as macadamia, wheatgerm or jojoba oils.  These oils mimic our natural sebum to some extent to help to re moisturize and nourish our scalp. 
Then there are lavender, rosemary and tea tree oils which contain antibacterial, healing properties.  Neem oil great for its antifungal properties and stops itching. 
Lavender calms the skin (as does chamomile tea cooled and used as hair rinse).   As well as buying quality shampoos containing these ingredients,  you can create your own combinations of remedy or
remedies to soothe your scalp.  Try seeping one cup of fresh lavender flowers and stalks, one cup of Fresh rosemary and ¼ cup oatmeal in two cups of hot water.  Strain and rinse your hair to soothe a sore scalp.

Here’s another one:

Natural oils to assist healing, detoxify and stimulate hair growth: (Add to water (4 parts water 1 part oil) and spray onto scalp and you can add to your shampoo and conditioners also).  
Oils To Relieve Itching: Lavender, German Chamomile and Eucalyptus Oils (Mixed together and dabbed locally on effected areas has a soothing effect).  Neem oil is also a very good dandruff preventative which can be added to any of the formulas detailed below and is excellent for psoriasis and eczema. 

Scalp massage with lavender oil (not scented – the real oil) is another wonderful way to relieve the tension from a sore scalp as well as treat the issue.  It also helps to re grow hair and repair the damage done to your follicles by chemicals in shampoos causing thinning hair. 

There are many more  powerful home remedies for dandruff & itchy scalp you can use to treat your scalp as well as many shampoos that are excellent value, contain no nasties to aggravate your scalp and hair follicles.  It’s really simple to treat yourself to your own pampering session and help heal your sore scalp.  And then be kind to it by using only products that nourish your hair and scalpA?. So have fun with oils and trying the remedies I mention.  You can have beautiful hair & healthy scalp when you know what is good for it – and what’s not without spending a fortune and curing it yourself – naturally!

Author BIO: Mia Wadsworth, who helps itchy, dry, sore scalp sufferers what caused their sore scalp or dry itchy scalp & how get fast relief with powerful natural home remedies plus eliminate the cause permanently.  

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Dandruff, Dry Scalp Causes and Remedies

January 25, 2010 by admin  

Dry scalp can feel “tight”, a sensation that is sometimes accompanied by flakiness & dandruff. It is often the result of natural oils being stripped from our scalps & can be caused by the frequent use of shampoos, hair dyes and or other hair products resulting in a disturbance to the natural balance of our sebum and ph (acid mantle).

You rarely come across anyone who has the skin that has the perfect balance of oils these days. It is either excessively oily skin or dry skin. Unfortunately, so many people these days are cursed with the latter. We come across hundreds of products to take care of this problem of dry scalp and skin, and we fall prey to the advertising campaign to buy and use these products. Do we ever think of what goes into these products? And, do we pay any attention about the effect these chemicals and oils have on our skin? The companies that sell us these products certainly won’t be bringing these causes to our attention.

Dry scalp problems & dandruff are mostly seen in those with dry skin. Itchy scalp and dandruff are the immediate problems associated with excessive drying of scalp. Further worsening of this condition can result in inflammation and sores of the scalp and lesions. If not attended to properly, then these can flare into much worse situations that people seek help for and end up requiring long-term medications. (Even steroids and other nasty drugs).

The dryness is caused by the stripping of natural oils from our body. Various causes attributed to this, some of which are:

  • Pollution
  • Exhaust smoke
  • Hard water
  • Toxins in Cosmetics / Shampoo that strip and dry our scalps and skin
  • Bad eating habits and not drinking enough water

We may not be able do anything to change the environmental conditions, which also include the quality of water available in your area, but there is definitely much you can do for little or no cost to enrich your scalp with moisture and nourishing ingredients that soothe & heal. For instance:

  • You could make some changes to your eating habits to include drinking more water to hydrate your skin and scalp and flush out contaminants and toxins in your body,and of course the fresh fruits and salads that we know we should all eat more of but often don’t,
  • Or most people don’t realize how much you can do to help yourself avoid the causes of dandruff, dry ot itchy scalp by making informed and wise decisions in your choice of cosmetics and hair products. For example, many big brand shampoos and cleansers that contain Propylene Glycol (antifreeze) Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium beryl sulfate, or Sodium Laureth Sulphate (same ingredient that is in engine degreaser). They are formulated for cleaning away oils – that they do,but the consequences can be painful and destructive to our scalp and hair follicles. If you want to treat a dry scalp, these are definitely to be avoided, especially those products containing SLS. SLS  is known to cause many different disorders if a person is exposed to it including dry scalp because is strips the natural oils from your skin that protect your scalp from fungal infections like melassezia globbosa (dandruff) and excess flaking.
  • You can use natural remedies for dandruff or dry scalp that you can make at home to soothe and treat a dry scalp

Moisturizing your dry scalp is the solution to many a problem like itchy and flaky scalp. There are many home remedies available to relieve you from various scalp conditions. Natural oils and moisturizers act on the scalp, restore the oil content, and reverse the damage caused by SLS and such harmful chemicals. There are many of the natural oils like Lavender, German Chamomile and Eucalyptus Oils along with neem oil that are just as powerful and do wonders in moisturizing dry itchy scalp. Some of these oils like the neem oil also act as antiseptic. There are many oils I recommend and show you how to use them in this ebook Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies.

The pollutants and harmful toxins in the air and water are something we have to live with, but it doesn’t mean we have to put up with a dry itchy scalp for the rest of our lives.
Once you are educated and know how, its easy to maintain a healthy hair and scalp using low cost natural oils (that have plenty of other uses too) to keep your hair and scalp in balance and rejuvenated. And by making wise choices (that often save you money) you can look after your scalp and prevent it from being stripped of the natural goodness that we are all born with.

So in summary – you too can have richly nourished hair and scalp anytime you want if you know how to use the gifts and natural scalp home remedies we are given from nature and by making minor adjustments to what we expose our scalps to in the form of shampoos, hair products etc.

Dandruff Picture   Picture Of DandruffDry Itchy Scalp, Dandruff, Burning Red & Itchy Scalp Remedies

OK, you’ve got some issues with scalp conditions,you know it, I know it. But what causes things like dandruff, dry itchy scalp and burning?

Well, many people will tell you that Dandruff  is caused by the process of continual shedding of skin cells on your scalp. It can be caused by a fungus called melassezia globbosa or from toxins, pollutants and products that have built up on the scalp, particularly products like silicone – a cheap commonly used artificial shine enhancer in conditioners such as Pantene.

The insidious illusion here is that most people don’t understand what really causes our scalps to react this way in the first place and why our bodies respond this way.

If you take one step back, thats when the story really starts – from the many to harsh irritating ingredients in hair products your scalp is subjected to on an almost daily basis. And yes, this includes dyes, shampoos, conditioners and styling products with ingredients such as propylene glycol and SLS in them. These chemicals strip the natural oils from your skin and even corrode it, as well as your eye membranes. 

One of worst culprits is Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or SLS. It causes excess flaking due to a yeast (dandruff bacterial growth) or by your own immune response to chemicals (which also results in flaking). SLA can also cause build-up on the scalp of hair products.

Surely it makes sense that when the natural balance of your scalp is disturbed, this creates the perfect environment for the fungus Melassezia Globbosa to move in and thrive. This is when the natural process of shedding your cells gets a little out of hand resulting in an unsightly condition known as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (fancy name for dandruff) and you see the highly visible tell-tale signs of flaking and crusting. Then you start scratching,and it gets worse. accompanying itch and urge to scratch are often made worse by the multiplication of the fungal yeast having one big party on your scalp!

But scratching just makes it worse,and can cause small lesions which weep and ooze or become infected. Lumps bumps and sores are also common when the scalp is highly irritated or you’ve aggravated a sensitivity.

So what about anti-dandruff shampoo? Well many of these may contain ingredients that help to stop flaking and/or kill bacteria that manifest as dandruff such as ketoconizole or salicylic acid. They do the job of masking the symptoms temporarily, but ironically and astoundingly most of them also contain the irritating ingredients that caused your problem in beginning!

That leads us to Natural Remedies as alternatives which can definitely help to soothe and heal your scalp (as long as you are eliminating the cause at the same time),.got you wondering about scalp home remedies?

So why should you want to use a natural remedy for your dry, itching scalp or scalp lesions problem? Well, for one thing, they don’t have any of the side effects of commercial products irritating your scalp and perpetuate the problem, and even worsening the cycle of flakey, itching scalp!

Natural remedies are just as powerful if not more so than their toxic counterparts assuming that you use them correctly. Better yet, dry scalp home remedies for scalp itching are non-toxic so you don’t damage your poor scalp further, or worse yet, end up with a sensitized scalp and scalp sores.
Honestly, you don’t have to use chemical dandruff stuff that burns your skin and can cause burning, itchy or red scalp.

So what natural remedies can help? Let’s take a look,here’s just some of the oils I recommend for dry scalp & dandruff.

Natural Herbal Ingredients For Dry Scalp Home Remedies:

Zinc Pyrithione: 
Wonderful stuff for scalp conditions. First synthesized in the 1930′s, this is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source. It’s used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitus, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Willow Bark: 
Willow bark contains Salycylic acid which is natural derivative of the Salycylic acid used extensively in antidandruff shampoos. It occurs naturally in willow tree bark. Key additive in many skin care products. Causes skin cells to slough off more readily keeping pores open.

Peppermint Oil: 
This oil with the naturally-uplifting scent features penetrating and analgesic qualities to heal scalp inflammation. It’s also good for settling your stomach.

Guava is an herbal analgesic. It’s also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. If you’ve scratched your itchy dry scalp until it hurts, this is what you need.

This baby is a positive herbal storehouse of vitamins and minerals, and revitalizing properties. If you want to give your dry, itchy scalp a makeover, this is the stuff.

If you’ve got scalp inflammation, this is the one you want. It’s an herbal anti-inflamatory, anti-histamine, and it’s rich in minerals.

Dandelion Extract:
Got problems with seasonal allergies that cause dry scalp or scalp itching? This is a natural allergen suppressant!

Aloe Barbabenis:
If you’ve got scalp lesions or scalp sores, you’ll want to try this wonderful item, which is a natural anti-irritant.

Neem Oil (My Itchy Scalp Remedy Must Have):
Neem ought to be named neat for all the stuff it does. It’s derived from a type of tree bark. Neem is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils).

As for the scent,well, it packs quite a punch, but you simply can’t beat Neem for effectiveness. If you’ve got itchy scalp, neem is what you need.  In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone.  Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching when applied directly to your scalp,and it’s a great skin conditioner.

Tired of eczema? Then neem oil is your solution. Clinical studies demonstrate that even the application of weaker Neem leaf extracts effectively cured acute conditions of eczema with the fresh cold pressed oil with its high concentration of active ingredients. Scalp inflammation is another thing neem’s good for. Neem effectively kills the bacteria that cause acne and studies prove that Neem will reduce inflammation caused by acne and other bacterial infections.

It’s also good for other skin conditions such as Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Dandruff, Itchy Scalp, Skin Ulcers and Warts which can be effectively remedied with soaps and other products containing Neem oil.

Included here is an extensive list of remedies and causes of scalp conditions containing these and more oils & other ingredients (many from your kitchen and garden) in this ebook:
“Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies
How To Finally Be Free From Dandruff & Scalp Irritation Quickly And Easily – 100% Guaranteed!

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