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How to manage a sticky scalp? Why does my scalp get flaky?

An oily scalp can be caused by several factors, including
  1. Overactive Sebaceous Glands: Sebaceous glands in the scalp produce sebum, an oily substance that helps keep the skin and hair moisturized. Sometimes, these glands can become overactive, producing an excess amount of sebum, leading to an oily scalp.
  2. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, can influence sebum production. Imbalances in hormone levels can lead to an increase in oil production on the scalp.
  3. Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to having oilier skin and scalp. If your parents or other close relatives have oily skin or scalp, you may be more likely to experience the same.
  4. Diet and Lifestyle: Certain dietary and lifestyle factors can contribute to oily scalp. Consuming a diet high in greasy or fatty foods may stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Additionally, stress and lack of sleep can also affect hormone levels and sebum production.
To take care of an oily scalp, here are some tips
  1. Regular Shampooing: Washing your hair regularly with a gentle shampoo can help remove excess oil and keep the scalp clean. However, be cautious not to over-wash, as this can strip the scalp of its natural oils and lead to rebound oiliness.
  2. Use a Clarifying Shampoo: Occasionally using a clarifying shampoo can help remove buildup and excess oil from the scalp. Look for products specifically designed for oily hair and scalp.
  3. Avoid Heavy Conditioners: Conditioners can weigh down the hair and contribute to greasiness, especially if applied directly to the scalp. Focus conditioner application on the lengths and ends of the hair, rather than the scalp.
  4. Choose Hair Products Wisely: Opt for lightweight, oil-free hair products such as mousses, gels, or volumizing sprays. Avoid heavy styling products that can add to the buildup on the scalp.
  5. Balanced Diet and Hydration: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help regulate hormone levels and promote overall scalp health. Drinking plenty of water can also help keep the scalp hydrated and balanced.
  6. Manage Stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help regulate hormone levels and reduce oil production.
  7. Consult a Dermatologist: If you’ve tried various home remedies and still struggle with an excessively oily scalp, consider consulting a dermatologist. They can provide personalized recommendations and may prescribe medicated shampoos or treatments to help manage the condition.

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