Are you suffering from the discomfort or unsightly side effects of a scalp disorder? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, 97% of people will experience some type of scalp disorder in their lifetime. At the Hair Specialist we believe in a holistic approach to hair treatment. We not only treat our clients’ hair, we treat the entire scalp.
Do You Have a Scalp Disorder?
More than 75 million men, women and children are currently battling a scalp disorder, are you one of them? If you’re experiencing discomfort, dryness or itchiness of the scalp, you are likely experiencing the side effects of a common scalp disorder.
Types of Scalp Disorders
A common chronic scalp disorder, dandruff is marked by flaking and itching of the scalp. Though it is neither dangerous or contagious, dandruff can be embarrassing. Easily treatable, dandruff can generally be controlled with a mild specialty shampoo. In fact, the top-selling shampoo in the world is a medicated dandruff treatment.
Also known as seborrheic dermatitis, eczema of the scalp is displayed as dryness, itchiness and inflammation of the scalp. When babies experience seborrheic dermatitis it is generally referred to as cradle cap. Eczema of the scalp is also often treated with medicated dandruff shampoo.
Psoriasis is yet another common scalp disorder. Generally displayed as reddish, raised scaly patches of the skin, scalp psoriasis can spread to the forehead, ears and the back of the neck. Though it is neither contagious nor dangerous, scalp psoriasis is unsightly, uncomfortable and often embarrassing. Common treatment options for scalp psoriasis include: topical creams, shampoos, ointments, soaps, gels and oils.
Seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis are often difficult to differentiate. Signs of seborrheic dermatitis also include red, itchy, scaly skin, though the lesions associated with scalp psoriasis are generally thicker and drier. Seborrheic dermatitis patches often have greasy white or yellow scales that may attach to the hair shaft. Common treatment options for seborrheic dermatitis include: topical creams, anti-fungal solutions, shampoos, ointments, gels and oils.
Scalp Disorder and Hair Loss
Beyond the discomfort and general embarrassment associated with these common scalp disorders, many individuals also experience hair loss. The emotional and psychological impact of hair loss, as a result of a scalp disorder, can be devastating. This is why we always encourage individuals suffering from scalp disorders to seek help immediately. When treated quickly and aggressively, we can often stop and even reserve scalp disorder related hair loss.
Treating Your Scalp Disorder
There are many prescription and over-the-counter treatment options for those suffering from scalp disorders. Solutions include: shampoos, topical creams, oils, soaps, ointments, gels and more. Only an experienced professional is prepared to diagnose your condition and outline an effective treatment plan. At the Hair Specialist, our team of experts is on hand to walk you through every step of the process. From diagnosis to treatment, we understand the emotional toll that a scalp disorder can take and we’re here to help you find relief.