How to Treat a y Scalp DermTV Epi 482
When people think they have a y scalp it's usually because they see white flakes. But did you know there's virtually no suchthing as a y scalpé Let me tell you what it really is and howto fix it. In the DermTV episode on y facial skin, I explained that flaking on the face, whichcan look like y skin, is often danuff. Sure, the skin on your face can be y andtherefore flaky,
especially on your cheeks, butother placesit's often actually danuff. But what about flaking on your scalpé Is that a y scalp, or is it danuff againé This one's easy, because 99% of the timeit's not y skin on your scalpâ€¦ it's almost always danuff. You see, if you're not bald, if you havehair on your scalp, it's almost impossible to have y skinthere. So if you see flaking on your scalp,
it's actually danuff even if you see flaking that looks just like the flaking from yskin. Here, it's the result of excess oil, not on the surface of the scalp, but underneathit. That excess oil causes inflammation which resultsa little bit of redness,a little bit of swelling, and then causes the skin to be shed prematurely. while on the other hand, normal skin cellsfall off on time and invisibly.
But when the skin cells fall off early, they don't have a chance to separate fromeach other completely so they fall offtiny mini sheets whichare the flakes that you see. Well that's really good news, because ifit were y skin, how could you ever apply a moisturizer toyour scalp without really messing up your hairé Fortunately, the treatment of danuffinducedscalp flaking is easily accomplished with shampoos,
so we usually don't need to apply lotionsor creams to your scalp. Instead, buy an overthecounter shampoo whose active ingredient is either tar, salicylicacid, zinc, or selenium and use it daily for 57 days. To use it, lather it up for a minute, thenrinse out, and then lather up again for a half a minutebefore rinsing a final time. That will usually control the danuff so you can then use the shampoo less frequently.
And since the flaking isn't y skin, you don't have to worry about ying outyour scalp from shampooing every day!.