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Pretreatments That Save Your Scalp

The scalp; it’s a largely ignored part of the body. Why should this be? One factor may be that it is usually hidden by the hair. Out of sight, out of mind, correct? Another factor may be that we are not quite sure how to characterize the scalp. When it comes to categories of beauty care, does the scalp come under skincare or hair care? It is skin, after all, but we aren’t all that concerned about treating it the way we treat skin on the face, on the other hand it effects our hair, and we do care about how our hair looks. While experts would probably agree that the scalp is skin rather than hair, they would probably also have to recognize the fact that the scalp does play a large part in the way our hair behaves, and it is thus important to keep it healthy. So, with that in mind, here is a look at some scalp treatments, to keep your hair (and scalp) healthy.

Oily Scalp
If you’re battling with an oily scalp, you may not need to look further than your shower. Medicated shampoos containing selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, coal tar, or salicylic acid and can be some of the most readily available treatments for an oily scalp.

Coal tar and selenium sulfide containing products which slow down the death and regeneration of the skin cells on the scalp and reduce inflammation and itching. If a fungus is the cause of the oiliness, products with zinc pyrithione and selenium sulfide are recommended. Products with salicylic acid, on the other hand, reduce the amount of oil on the scalp.

No matter which treatment you use, make sure to work the cream or shampoo thoroughly into your scalp, building up a good lather and let it sit three to five minutes before rinsing. Because some agents in the shampoo may dry out hair, you may want to follow with a conditioning treatment to restore moisture to the ends.

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Dry Scalp
Dry scalps can often lead to hair that looks dull and lifeless, and an itchy, flaking scalp. Again, medicated shampoo may be your answer. Look for products containing salicylic lactic acid, coal tar, or urea. Coal tar reduces skin rejuvenation which lead to less dryness and fewer flakes. Salicylic acid work in a similar way, and can be used in conjunction with coal tar for tough problems. Salicylic acid shampoos softens dry patches of skin, so that they can be shampooed away, however, salicylic acid can be overly drying, so be sure to use a moisturizer with it. Products with urea and lactic acids also reduce scaly patches and flakes. Be sure to work all products into the scalp and let them sit for three to five minutes before rinsing.

Chronic Scalp Psoriasis
If you’ve done it all and nothing’s worked, you may want to visit your dermatologist, He or she can prescribe strong topical creams and shampoos that can make hair less oily, or help to stop the irritation of a dry scalp. Many of these may contain the same ingredients as over the counter formulas, but in a higher concentration.

Vitamin D3 analogs are another option for persistent scalp problems. These are prescription strength topical treatments for patchy, dry skin, They may take longer to work than treatments with steroids, but some versions can be safely used for up to a year. Other prescribed treatments, include tazarotene, a derivative of Vitamin A or anthralin. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is another option for scalp psoriasis. This treatment involves the application of ultraviolet rays to the scalp to clear up psoriasis. Repeat treatment is usually required.

If you’re treating your hair with chemicals, you may want to consider these treatments as a means of keeping your scalp healthy. Let us know how it goes for you.

Are You Forgetting Something?

Your summer checklist probably includes a few barbecues, maybe a pool party, and a juicy beach read. It’s easy for us to remember all the fun parts of summer but below are a few things to remember when heading out for your summer fun.

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Hair
We don’t often think of our hair when thinking about sun care, but prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dry, brittle strands. Plus, color-treated hair will fade much more quickly when not properly protected. There are several products on the market these days just for hair. Look for the words “UV protection” on the bottle and shop online or check out a beauty supply store for a wider selection.

Scalp Protection
You’ve likely had a sunburn on your scalp before, so you already know how painful it can be, but it’s also important to remember that skin cancer can form anywhere on our bodies, including the scalp. Sunscreens in a spray application are ideal for reaching the scalp since they aren’t greasy like lotion formulas; however, there are also powder sunscreens you can try if your hair already tends to be oily. You can also top off your look with a hat; just make sure to keep it on while you’re in the sun!

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Eyes
Some of us never leave the house without sunglasses, but for those of you who are forgetting your sunnies at home, take note! The sun is bad news for eyes. Squinting, dryness, and age spots all contribute to premature aging around the eyes and repeated exposure to the sun raises your risk of eye diseases, including cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Look for sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible and block 99 percent or more of both UVA and UVB rays.

Ears
Did you know that your ears are the third most likely place for skin cancer to appear? When you’re applying sunscreen to your face and body, make sure to get your ears covered. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and you’ll want to make sure you cover your ears again at that time.

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Lips
Parched, sunburned lips can be a thing of the past if you keep your lips protected from the sun. Keep a lip balm with you at all times that has an SPF of at least 15 and reapply often. Make sure you avoid sparkly or shiny glosses since the reflective nature of those formulas only attracts more sun to your lips.

After-Sun Care
What you do after you’re out in the sun can be just as important as what you do before. Soothing aloe vera gel or after-sun lotions can help your skin stay hydrated and promote quicker healing of burns. You can easily grow your own aloe vera plant indoors and use the gel directly from the plant!
Woman drinking water

Hydrate
You’re already drinking your eight glasses a day, and that’s great, but in warmer weather, we lose more water through perspiration and sheer exertion. Make sure you’re sipping water throughout the day and keep plenty of water-rich foods, such as watermelon, grapes, and berries around to snack on.

The summer months don’t have to leave us dried out and burnt. Keep your skin glowing and your health intact by making sure you remember these tips!