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Understanding Flakiness And Dry Scalp

Aug 17, 2007
Did you know that over 50 million men, women, and children throughout the world suffer from dandruff and other scalp disorders? That seems like an outrageous number doesn't it? Well, it is because it is also suggested that approximately 40% of the world's population have problems with flaking. Flaking tends to occur when you skin tries to renew itself and becomes out of balance. You dead skin cells will then begin to shed from your scalp at a fast rate. With that said, itching and flaking is just like any other problem, once you acknowledge the problem and start to understand it, then you can start to control the problem.

So you are experiencing some flaking and dry scalp? That's okay; let's start to understand the problem.

Your skin is always under renewal. Your skin cells are always making and building new skin cells to replace the ones that die off. There is certain science that claims the renewal process takes place anywhere from 21 to 24 days. During this time your scalp will start forming new scalp cells. While new cells are being formed, the old cells are shed off. Now, if your scalp has a proper moisture balance, the oils that are secreted from the "sebaceous" glands will start to help out in the exfoliation process. If you experience flaking and itching, then this means that your body's moisture balance has become "out of sync". This will also cause the exfoliation process not to happen at the normal rate.

So what causes this flaking and itching?

Well, there are a number of factors that can trigger the flaking and itching. One of the highest factors would include allergic reactions. It does not matter what it is, if you have an allergic reaction this can cause your body go into an abnormal balance. Most of the cases of allergic reactions come from certain hair sprays, shampoos, and other hair styling products. Other factors causing flakiness would be product residue, illness, hormonal change, and infrequent shampooing of your hair. Emotional stress can also cause some scalp disorders. It can aggravate the dryness of your scalp causing irritation and terrible itching.

Dry scalp and flaking conditions are usually found in a seasonal pattern. Most cases are found in the winter and cold months when the air is much more dry. Any one of the above factors can produce annoying and embarrassing flakes, along with itching scalp issues. It is said that if the irritation and problem goes on longer than three weeks then you should go see a doctor. Hopefully, your problems will be caused be one of the above factors, because if not you could be dealing with some type of scalp disease or worse yet, some type of skin infection.

A few things to remember when trying to prevent these embarrassing problems are to frequently wash and condition your hair. Always remember to read the product labels on shampoos, gels, hair sprays, and other hair styling products. If you have a known allergy relating to any of the ingredients used, then it is probably a good idea to just stay away from the product altogether. Also, you definitely need to be eating a healthy diet. Always get enough sufficient rest, and never try to stress or become stressed over anything if you can help it.
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