How Excess Sebum Affects Hair Loss | Nourish Beaute

How Excess Sebum Affects Hair Loss


Sebum plays an important role in keeping hair healthy; it moisturizes hair and prevents
breakage. Excessive sebum production, however, can result in an oily scalp. Having too much sebum doesn’t directly cause hair loss although it will have an impact on the hair growth cycle. Too much sebum is one of factor that can cause hair loss.

Sebum and Hair Follicle Growth

Sebum is the medical term that refers to oils produced by the skin. They are produced by
microscopic glands invisible to the human eye, the glands are found beneath the surface of the skin. Sebum is a combination of dead sebaceous gland cells and fat.
Hair follicles are tube-like structures in the skin, each of which are surrounded by sebaceous glands. Both men and women who have more sebum than normal may be prone to experiencing hair folliculitis, which occurs when hair follicles are clogged due to too much grease. This causes inflammation which leads to infections because the obstruction impedes the hair growth cycle, resulting in unhealthy and greasy hair as well as hair loss.

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Preventing Sebum Hair Loss

Oil on the scalp is normal, but you can minimize the risk of sebum hair loss by washing hair regularly to get rid of excess sebum using mild shampoos that are suited for everyday use. There are also products that encourage hair growth and inhibit sebum hair loss. Everyone has varying hair types, which means that everyone has different sebum levels; this is why there’s no one-size- fits-all approach to follow for a hair washing routine because each of us have different washing needs. Regardless, it’s important to use mild hair care products, shampoos, and conditioners that do not contain harmful ingredients or harsh chemicals. Doing so will only contribute to an even bigger problem since strong products can cause irritation and inflammation.

Simply brushing your hair regularly is also effective in reducing sebum production because it stimulates blood capillaries, which increases blood circulation. Additionally, brushing helps to open pores in the scalp, enabling them to breathe and maintain a healthy level of sebum. Brushing also helps eliminate waste material from the hair, such as catarrh, uric acid crystal deposits, and other impurities that accumulate and end up getting stuck in the scalp. Too much stimulation in the form of brushing may cause the production of even more oil, which should be avoided; balance it out through gentle brushing but don’t roughly tug the hair.

It also helps to eat well; cut down on spicy and greasy food while increasing your intake of
vitamin and mineral-enriched food. A diet rich in vitamins helps you have a healthier scalp and less grease, which will reduce the risk for sebum hair loss. There are also supplements that you can take to prevent hair loss.

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A combination of good hygiene, gentle and natural hair care products, and a healthy diet can do wonders for improving your hair’s appearance, and overall health, while reducing sebum hair loss.


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