Sebum’ is an oil secreted from the sebaceous glands in the skin. It has a greasy feel and appearance and tends to shine in the light. You may have noticed men with receding hair lines often have shiny scalps.
If you look at the scalp of someone with thick healthy hair you’ll probably notice their scalp is not at all shiny. This might lead you to the conclusion that excess sebum is bad for your skin and hair.
There does seem to be a connection between unhealthy skin and hair, and excess sebum. Sebum tends to cause acne in many teenagers and young adults. It’s been shown that reducing sebum levels on the skin also reduces acne. But is there a connection between sebum and hair loss?
Sebum and hair loss
It’s true that younger men who have lost their hair often have shiny scalps. This shininess is thought to be caused by a long-term build of sebum in the scalp where it clogs pores preventing hairs from growing. This shiny layer is often impossible to wash off. In these cases the sebum has become completely embedded into the scalp.
Over several years sebum may combine with natural air-born pollutants and cosmetic products such as gels. Unfortunately the scalp is difficult to wash properly when it’s covered in hair, so it’s only when an individuals hair becomes thin or receded that they notice the densely impacted layer of shiny sebum.
What can you do about this embedded sebum?
It’s an important first step in the fight against hair loss to make sure the scalp is clean and healthy. That means pores should be clean and clear, allowing new hairs to emerge from the scalp naturally.
However, sebum is a fat, so it is very difficult to wash out. And because it can become embedded into the scalp it can become extremely difficult to wash out. Instead you need to dissolve the layer of sebum and then wash it out. This is a simple process that can be completed safely from home.