Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Adult Cradle Cap

Hair loss can be attributed by many reasons but few think of Adult Cradle Cap. We think of the cradle cap on infants and we have learned how to gently wash the scalp once a day and apply a mineral oil massaging ever so careful to continue it’s loosening effects and the cradle cap eventually leaves. Adult cradle cap is a form of seborrheic dermatitis which can be a cause for dandruff and one of the major causes for adult cradle cap. The symptoms can appear as red, flaky, oily, scaly, greasy and itchy or non-itchy and then scale over causing a suffocation of the hair follicles that stops hair growth. Just when the crusty area is once again off, by the morning it has scaled over again. The stress can be overwhelming for those who have this problem. Besides the scalp, this culprit can appear on the face, nose, chest, groin, eyelids, and eye brows, arm crease, behind the ears and mid body skin fold.
Although the crusty appearance may be scary it is not due to allergies or uncleanliness and is not contagious but can be due to unexplainable neurological disorders. It is always best to check it out with your family physician when adult cradle cap persists. In the meantime, your hairdresser can get you started and begin to treat your scalp with shampoos that contain: salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, zinc, pyrithione and tar. Your hair would need to be shampooed daily in the beginning; the best option would be for you to purchase these items in your shampoos so you can do this daily task yourself. When the adult cradle cap is under control, only then will you be able to cut back to about 2 or 3 times a day. Everyone is different and it would be according to the severity of your case. When you are treating yourself with this specialized medicated shampoo it is vital that you follow the directions and leave it on your hair for at least 5 minutes giving the ingredients the time they need to do their job.
Your hairdresser may have a few ideas up her sleeve to help you heal and might start out treating your scalp with things like: vinegar, tea tree oil, aloe vera lotion, olive leaf extract and zinc oxide lotion. When you cannot make it to the salon, those items are easy to purchase at the drug store, health food store, grocery or online. I would suggest rotating the treatments, for example; one day use the vinegar another day the olive leaf and write down what happens afterwards. Make a journal for each treatment that you use and how your scalp reacts an hour afterwards and what it looks like the next morning, or use one of the items per month and then, try something different to compare one with the other; but be sure and write it all down so you will know which one responds to your scalp the best. Make sure you tell all of this to your Dr. and hairdresser as the information will be quite valuable for you in the future.
There are suggestions of cutting back on your yeasty breads and simple sugars that may help in combating this disease and replacing them with veggies will help clean up your system and could speed up the healing process. Other factors for you to think about are the everyday circumstances that would make your adult cradle cap flare up and to try to avoid these things, such as:
1. Stress
2. Obesity
3. Fatigue
4. Oily skin
5. Weather extremes
6. Skin disorders such as acne
7. Lotions containing alcohol
8. Infrequent shampoos or skin cleaning
Let’s just touch on a these things a little bit.
Stress: We are stressed every single day in our lives, but it's the way we respond to it that will help us fight it and learn to deal with it right. Some use exercise, meditation, deep breaths, easy listening music and to training themselves to think on good things instead of negative things.
Obesity: if it is within your power to lose weight, sacrifice the chocolates and potato chips once and for all and start to treat yourself better by losing what you don’t need. Be honest with yourself once and for all. You will love yourself for it.
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