SerumScoop: Tips, tricks and news
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When tested in vivo on hair, it reduces the appearance of dandruff, soothes the scalp and eliminates unpleasant odors after 5 and 10 shampoos (clinical study performed on 46 volunteers vs. placebo).
On skin, FluidiPure 8G participates in reducing unpleasant scalp odors while it helps preserves bacteria beneficial to the skin and restore the skin’s natural acidic pH mantle, also helping to reduce skin sensitivity.
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If you’re balding, it’s a lot harder to grow all your hair back than it is to stop your follicles from disappearing in the first place. Slow the erosion of your hairline with these five dermatologist-approved strategies.
1. Meditation and Exercise
In balding men, periods of rapid shedding are often brought on by stress. The reason? Stress floods your body with the hormone cortisol, and then other hormone levels fluctuate in response, says Melissa Piliang, M.D., a hair-loss expert at Cleveland Clinic.
If you’re predisposed to balding, this can speed the process. To better control your stress, you might want to try traditional meditation or, if that’s not your thing, an active meditation regimen such as yoga or tai chi.
Or just commit to getting in better shape.
A 2015 study in PLOS One found that older men with a high level of cardio respiratory fitness release 42 percent less cortisol throughout the day than unfit men do. The stress hormone has been linked to all sorts of diseases.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) probably won’t restore what’s lost, but it can help you hold on to what’s left and even help you regrow a bit. The topical med increases bloodflow as well as oxygen and nutrient delivery to the follicle.
Liquid Rogaine can cause irritation and leave a greasy coating on your hair, so opt for the 5 percent foam, says Dr. Piliang.
Rogaine costs only $29.99 a month (rogaine.com), but you’ll have to use it forever to retain any gains.
Rub it into your scalp in the morning and again at night for the most benefit. Bonus: Unlike the oral medication finasteride (the other FDA-approved drug, sold as Propecia), minoxidil isn’t linked with erectile dysfunction or decreased libido.
3. Laser Devices
Besides minoxidil and finasteride, laser devices are the only other hair-loss treatment cleared by the FDA in recent years. The devices are sold as wands or Star Wars-worthy helmets for $200 to nearly $900.
In the largest study, published in 2014 in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, men who zapped their scalp three times a week saw a significant increase in hair density after 26 weeks.
One theory is that lasers have an antioxidant effect on hair follicles. But before you rush out to buy a six-pack of combs, understand that “hair growth” doesn’t necessarily mean “hair other people can see.”
You will likely feel it, though, which may have a placebo effect on your confidence.
4. Ketoconazole Shampoo
Swap your standard shampoo for a brand with 1 percent ketoconazole, such as Nizoral ($13 for 7 ounces, drugstore.com). Or ask your doctor to prescribe the 2 percent version.
“It’s marketed as an antidandruff ingredient, but there’s solid research ketoconazole is an anti-androgen,” says Dr. Piliang.
Anti-androgens block the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that shrinks hair follicles.
That’s how finasteride works too, but because ketoconazole is confined to the scalp, it doesn’t have the risk of negative sexual side effects, she says.
Massage the shampoo into your scalp, step out of the shower stream, wait 2 to 3 minutes, and rinse.
5. Vitamin D
A British Journal of Dermatology study reported that people with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss, were three times as likely to be D deficient as those with healthy hair. “Vitamin D helps hair reset its growth phase,” explains Dr. Piliang.
To jumpstart your follicles, she recommends taking 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D3, especially in winter when you’re exposed to less sunlight.
But don’t try baking your bald spot in the sun to ramp up your vitamin D production. That might result in an even bigger problem.
“Men should be careful about sun exposure on a balding scalp, since it’s a common location for skin cancers,” Dr. Piliang warns.
— Reprinted / excerpted from Men's Health Magazine:
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Excerpts from an article by Dr. Anjali Mahto on dandruff, its psychological effects on self esteem and quality of life, and some good solutions.
Many customers find our RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque can tremendously help their scalp health, and regulate excessive sebum that is one of the root causes of dandruff. While the product is not a dandruff treatment per se (which are categorized as a monographed OTC product in the United States), RevivScalp may very well help with such flakes and itching.
Excerpts from the article:
According the NHS website, dandruff is estimated to affect half of all people at some point in their lives. What causes dandruff and why is it so common?
Dandruff is a common chronic scalp [issue] that is characterised by flaking of the skin of the scalp. As skin cells die, they are shed from the scalp surface. For some people, however, excessive flaking occurs, resulting in dandruff.
Dandruff can have several causes. Dry skin is usually the most common cause and individuals are likely to get patches of dry skin elsewhere on the body. This can often become worse in the winter months due to aggravation by indoor heating such as radiators. Certain skin diseases can be a cause of dandruff, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis, eczema, and even psoriasis. Allergy or sensitivity to shampoos and hair dyes may also be a causative factor. Occasionally, overgrowth of a fungus known as Malassezia may be contributing to the problem.
Please can you outline the recent anonymous survey conducted by the British Skin Foundation (BSF) in conjunction with anti-dandruff shampoo manufacturers, Head & Shoulders (H&S)? What were the main aims?
A recent joint survey aimed to look at the potential psychological distress that can be caused by dandruff. Over 350 people were interviewed and their views were collated.
What were the main findings of this survey?
73% of respondents said it made them feel less attractive
20% claimed the condition had resulted in them being bullied and receiving verbal abuse
72% had tried to hide their condition from someone e.g. friends, partners
more than a third admitted to avoiding a social situation on one or more occasion due to their dandruff
Why do you think poor scalp health sometimes has a negative impact on quality of life and self-esteem?
Dandruff, like many skin conditions, can lead to low self-esteem. Patients that suffer may feel embarrassed that their dandruff is viewed as a sign of poor grooming or uncleanliness by others. If they have symptoms of itching, this can result in anxiety, poor sleep and lack of concentration.
Patients may become socially withdrawn and refuse to participate in normal daily activities due to these factors propagating the negative self-image.
What are the best ways to treat dandruff and the emotional distress caused by it?
Mild to moderate dandruff can usually be controlled with shampoos but often treatments take time to work and require persistence and maintenance. Shampoos must be left on the scalp for at least 5 minutes before they are rinsed out to give them time to work. The commonly used agents in shampoos are:
zinc pyrithione - this is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that will reduce the level of Malassezia in the scalp, which is thought to contribute to dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis
coal tar based shampoos - coal tar will help slow down the production of dead skin cells
salicylic acid - this aids in eliminating scaling in the scalp
selenium sulphide - this will slow production of dead skin cells and also reduce Malassezia levels. It can, however, discolour the hair, and is not recommended for blonde or chemically coloured hair.
Ketoconazole - this also works by reducing fungal levels
If dandruff is related to eczema or sensitivity to products being used in the scalp, your doctor may prescribe a steroid lotion to be used for short periods of time.
Is it necessary to use an anti-dandruff shampoo?
It is important to wash the hair regularly to remove any excess scaling that builds up, ideally with an anti-dandruff shampoo. For some individuals, even though dandruff will clear, they may require a once or twice weekly maintenance treatment to reduce the frequency with which it may recur.
What is seborrheic dermatitis and how does it differ from dandruff?
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is one of several causes of dandruff. It can also cause scaly red, patches on the skin that tend to affect oily areas such as the face, upper back, and chest. The skin can occasionally be itchy with visible yellowish scale. In infants, it is the cause of cradle cap.
What do you think the future holds for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis research and treatments?
Firstly, I think that more time and research will be spent looking at what exactly causes dandruff and how this is linked to changes in the immune system, particularly in relation to Malassezia.
Potential trigger factors for dandruff and how these may be minimised in addition to novel new treatments are a growing area of interest.
Lastly, it is becoming increasingly apparent that skin conditions such as this have a profound effect on the psyche of the sufferer and studies in the field of “psychodermatology” are much needed.
What advice would you give someone suffering from emotional distress from dandruff?
Please do not suffer in silence and speak to your GP or dermatologist if your dandruff is causing psychological distress. They will be sympathetic and can refer you to a clinical psychologist if needed.
We are increasing beginning to acknowledge the link between mind and skin and only too aware of the long-term effects chronic skin disease can have on the psyche.
Where can readers find more information?
Speak to your GP or dermatologist if you have any on-going concerns about how to manage dandruff. There is good online information available from the American Academy of Dermatology, British Association of Dermatologists, National Eczema Society, and Dermnet.
Full article here: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150728/Does-dandruff-cause-psychological-distress-An-interview-with-Dr-Anjali-Mahto.aspx?utm_source=strongmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NewTrendTuesdayeNewsletter
From Herbal Essences celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan and our colleagues over at The Beauty Brains, a novel tip to help clean your hair better. From their podcast:
According to Charles... styling products are hard to wash out because when water comes in contact with styling gunk “it congeals and acts as a barrier, so your shampoo can’t get in and break it up.” His solution is to apply shampoo directly to dry hair and THEN get in the shower to rinse it out. This way the styling gunk doesn’t have a chance to congeal and create that blockage. Therefore, your shampoo cleans your hair better. Isn’t that interesting?
It’s true that styling resins can swell up and form an outer layer that is hydrated which then slows the penetration of water to the inner layer. That’s especially true for some old school styling agents like PVP. It’s also true that modern styling polymers are very water resistant which is why you can’t wash them out very well with water alone.
I think this tip MAY help. The advantage is that it does put a higher relative concentration of surfactant in contact with the gunk that you want to wash away. But, there are there are two potential downsides. One is that some styling agents are more cationic and shampoos tend to be anionic which means they could form an insoluble complex.
The other issue is one of potential irritation. You’re putting a higher concentration of surfactant in direct contact with your skin which could make it more irritating. I don’t think this is a huge risk but it’s worth mentioning.
But the best thing is we don’t have to just speculate on this. You could easily do one of our half head tests to get to the bottom of it. Assuming you’ve styled your hair such that you have equal amounts of styling gunk on both sides you could just sort of split your hair down the middle and to one half apply shampoo first and on the other half don’t apply anything. Then get in the shower and wet your hair and apply shampoo to the other side. After washing and rinsing if you can’t tell a difference between the two sides then this method probably isn’t providing any benefit.