Does an Oily Scalp Cause Hairloss?


We know that genetics and some medical conditions are some of the causes of hairloss, but what about an oily scalp?

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Why is my scalp oily?

Before delving into the connection between an oily scalp and hairloss, it’s important to know what causes it in the first place.

An oily scalp is caused by overreactive sebaceous glands on the scalp. The oil attracts dirt more easily, produces dandruff, and makes your hair stick together.

Hormonal imbalances as found during pregnancy, menopause, or puberty can trigger an oily scalp.

Causes of hairloss: oily scalp and dandruff?

You may be wondering how an oily scalp can somehow lead to hairloss. The link? Dandruff.

The body regularly sheds dead skin cells as new cells are formed, which is a gradual process that usually goes unnoticed. However, this process can speed up, producing excessive amounts of dead skin cell, which then causes dandruff.

One possible cause of this is called seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is another common condition that causes oily skin. Persons with dandruff associated with seborrhoeic dermatitis may experience additional symptoms such as scaling and itching in certain areas of the body, such as the face, in and around the ears, the underarms, and the scalp.

In some cases, the scales can become infected, causing the rough patches to become red and painful. Severe cases of patching on the scalp can result in a certain degree of hairloss. However, if scarring doesn’t occur, the hair should regrow.

Treatments for oily scalp and dandruff

While there are shampoos for oily scalps and dandruff, these are only temporary solutions because they don’t stay on your scalp long enough for the ingredients to work. Scalp treatments, on the other hand, deliver better, lasting results. It is advisable to see a trichologist at Svenson who will recommend a treatment plan for you.