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Hair Loss: Are Clogged Follicles to Blame?

Posted by Cynthia Ferrara on

When bacteria and sebum get trapped in the follicles of your skin, it can lead to thinning. If the hair follicles are clogged, it can actually stop the hair follicle from coming to the surface. This prevents the follicle from growing and cycling like it should.

Follicles can get clogged from your body’s natural sebum production. Sebum lubricates our skin and makes us waterproof. Some people simply produce more sebum than others. When sebum combines with dirt, dead skin cells and chemical residue, it can lead to clogged follicles. Everyone has some dirt and dead skin cells on their scalp, and some of us use additional products that may leave residue behind.

Don’t leave clogged follicles untreated. If you are eating healthy (and supplementing for hair growth), and do not have medical conditions that would cause hair loss, clogged follicles may play a role in your hair loss, and/or sluggish growth.

3 Easy Ways to Help Unclog Your Follicles

Use Natural Hair Products

Using natural hair products is one of the easiest things you can do for follicle health. Look for a shampoo and conditioner that contain hair growth vitamins like biotin, as well as other ingredients that cleanse the scalp and won’t leave any film or residue behind.

Opt for products with proven results in clinical trials. Many products out there claim to help regrow hair, but they do not have any ingredients or complexes proven to work in clinical trials.

Take Care of Your Scalp

If you want your hair to grow, you need to provide the right environment for growth. Look for ingredients like coconut oil which nourish and moisturize the scalp, while helping to remove follicle-clogging fungal buildup.  Ingredients like caffeine will help stimulate blood flow to your scalp, delivering vital nourishment for healthy follicles. Try a shampoo like Vitamins GOLD Label Shampoo with ingredients proven to keep your scalp and follicles clean and stimulated.

Improve Your Diet

If you’re eating a lot of greasy or fried food, or unhealthy fats, your skin can become oiler. Oiler skin is more likely to attract pore-clogging bacteria, causing your follicles to clog. Replace greasy and unhealthy fats with better options like nuts, fish and avocado. In addition to being better for you, they are foods that help your body naturally manage sebum production.

Make sure that you are getting all of the necessary nutrients for hair growth as well as enough protein and fiber. 


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