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What Does Scalp Buildup Look Like and How To Get Rid Of It
Tuesday, 25 May 2021

There are many types of build up both in the hair and on the scalp as well as other areas on the skin. The most prominent types of buildup are simple: For example the residue or sticky part of shampoo that comes from the foaming agent called DEA and also the laurel sulfates are sometimes difficult to rinse and they can stay on the scalp. Over time they appear as a very thin layer or they can weigh the hair down. This is not as easily removed as people think since the very thing that they use to remove it was left the residue behind. Sticky hair styling products are also one of the main culprits. These also attract dirt, pollutants and also grime from the air. However the sebum build up that is not washed away is the toughest to get rid of and it causes the most problems. The excess sebum can clog the hair follicles and become as sticky as a jolly rancher and also very hard or crusty. When the sebum mixes with yeast it appears as a white waxy buildup on the scalp. This white waxy substance that is often in the hair and scalp and can be peeled in large chunks. Most stylists don’t known much about this so recommend a clarifying shampoo. However, those are more of a one time shot at removing product that is left behind but does not work well on sebum.

Sebum versus Product Build up?

Both are best handled with herbs that are known to break down and purify without stripping or damaging the scalp or hair. It is important to stay away from dimethicones and also understand that when used in spray form helps to attract dirt and other things floating in the air. Herbs like Thyme, Sage, Fenugreek and even Burdock are the best for breaking down scalp oils, cholesterol and other mixes that can be harsh on the hair and scalp.

Does Excess Buildup Cause Dandruff or Itching?

When there is an excess of product or sebum that is left on the scalp skin it can cause a lot of different issues one of which is are the symptoms associate with Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis. If you suffer from oily dandruff or greasy scalp that often itches your Dermatologist has probably told you that you are allergic to the scalp oils that your sebaceous gland is emitting or creating. However, this is not the case. In actuality the scalp oils when they are produced as sebum that can excrete other things that the body has taken in. For example cholesterol, sugar and similar can also be inside of the oils or sebum when they are produced. This is important because scalp fungus, bacteria and even the mites will feed off of this and they will multiply in numbers. When they grow unchecked then they can cause many different scalp issues and irritations as well as inflammation.

What Can You Do To Remove Product Build Up and Hardened Sebum?

By far the best solution is a comprehensive one that includes herbs to break down the crusty or hardened sebum crystals or balls ( often called beads ). The herbs do not destroy the skin’s defense but instead melts away years of product build up and it works down inside the follicle after removing the sebum plugs. This is vital because it allows the hair root to breathe and that means bringing down the oxygen into the follicle so that it can reproduce correctly.
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