Scalp buildup occurs when natural oils, dead skin cells, and hair products accumulate on the scalp. Over time, this can create flakes very similar to those that form in other conditions, such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Scalp buildup can occur at any point in a person’s life. However, infants often experience thick, yellow patches on their scalp, known as cradle cap, in the first few months of life, and adults between the ages of 30 and 60 may be more likely to experience scalp buildup due to seborrheic dermatitis.
What is scalp buildup?
Scalp buildup occurs when an oily secretion called sebum accumulates alongside sweat, hair products, and dead skin cells on the scalp. It can have symptoms similar to those of seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, and eczema. For example, each of these conditions can cause flakes to appear in the hair and scalp.
In addition to flaking, scalp buildup can cause:
⦁ oily or crusty skin
⦁ redness of the skin
What causes scalp buildup?
Scalp buildup is the result of one or more substances becoming stuck on the scalp and building up over time. Bits of the buildup can flake off and end up in a person’s hair or on their scalp.
Substances that can build up typically fall into one of two categories: products and natural substances.
Several hair products accumulate on the scalp and hair. Some examples include:
⦁ styling creams or gels
Some substances that a person naturally produces can also become caught in their scalp and hair. These include:
⦁ sebum, which the body makes to soften the skin and hair
⦁ dead skin cells
Home treatments and remedies are the primary way to get rid of and prevent scalp buildup. A person may need to try a few different options before they find an effective combination.
The following practices may help:
⦁ brushing regularly to prevent tangled hair and help break apart buildup
⦁ using an ⦁ exfoliator on the scalp to break up the buildup
⦁ selecting a shampoo and conditioner that work for the person’s hair type
⦁ washing the hair regularly — typically daily for oily hair and every few days for drier hair
A person living with seborrheic dermatitis may need additional treatment. In some cases, dandruff may go away on its own or with an over-the-counter product. In severe cases, a doctor may need to prescribe a topical corticosteroid to manage it.
If a person is living with scalp buildup from psoriasis or eczema, they will need a specific treatment plan from their doctor.
To scalp gunk removal we should proper hair care. A person should keep their hair clean, and they may need to change some habits, such as:
⦁ reducing the amount of hair products that they use
⦁ washing dry hair less often or washing oily hair more frequently
⦁ washing the scalp thoroughly and rinsing it off well
⦁ protecting the hair when swimming by wearing a swimming cap