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How Dandruff Can Cause Psychological Distress

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At one point or another, many of us have experienced an itchy scalp and the embarrassing flurry of small but perceptible flakes that accompanies a scratch of the head. Dandruff is a common problem. In fact, it is estimated that about 50% of the population at large will experience a case of dandruff or its more acute and chronic form, seborrheic dermatitis, at some point. If you have suffered from dandruff, you know how emotionally distressing the condition can be. The psychological impact of this familiar scalp problem was the focus of a recent survey and the results confirmed what...

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Malassezia

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Malassezia

Malassezia is type of yeast fungi that is an integral part of the skin microbiota, a term used to describe the ecological community of microbes that colonize our bodies. Naturally found on human skin, Malassezia grows around the sebaceous, or oil-producing, areas of the skin. Under normal circumstances, Malassezia does not present a problem. However, it can be an opportunistic fungi and its presence can aggravate certain skin conditions. Malassezia-related Skin Diseases There are currently fourteen recognized species of Malassezia, eight of which are associated with human skin. Research indicates that Malassezia plays a role in “flaring up” of some...

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How to Treat an Oily Scalp

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How to Treat an Oily Scalp

Does your hair appear greasy and listless after a day or two after shampooing? We all know an oily scalp can be unattractive and embarrassing. But when left unchecked, an oily scalp is not just unsightly, it can cause or exacerbate dandruff, resulting in itchiness and discomfort. Ultimately, an unhealthy scalp can weaken the hair and lead to hair loss. What Causes an Oily Scalp? Oil secretions (called sebum) keep the scalp and hair healthy. Oil helps prevent damage such as split ends and conditions the hair, giving it luster. However, when the oil-producing glands (sebaceous glands) are overactive and...

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Can Exercise Help Hair Health?

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We all know regular exercise offers a wide range of benefits to our body. From preventing heart diseases and controlling weight gain to increasing energy and strengthening muscles, a good exercise regimen can certainly give us an edge in life. However, there are some benefits of exercising that many people may not be aware of. Did you know that regular physical activity can improve your hair health? If you didn’t, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a deep connection between exercising and hair health. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from stress and this can lead to the...

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Resveratrol and Hair

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Resveratrol and Hair

Associated with wine, resveratrol has been touted as a potential disease-fighting powerhouse and is the premiere antioxidant for the hair follicle. Since being placed in the spotlight, numerous studies have been designed to investigate the possible health benefits of this plant-derived substance. What is resveratrol? Resveratrol is an antimicrobial compound produced by several types of plants. Found in the skins of grapes, raspberries, blueberries, and some other food sources, resveratrol serves as a plant’s protective response to pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Resveratrol can be taken as a supplement. How can resveratrol potentially treat balding? In a recent study by the...

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