If your scalp produces excess oil, it’s bad news for your hair. You might even notice you have the “oily scalp and dry hair” combo, which makes it tricky to find the right haircare products. Before your oily scalp issue worsens, it’s important to know the primary cause, then find natural solutions to get rid of the greasiness and bring healthy shine to your hair.
What Causes An Oily Scalp
Oil is your scalp’s natural
Here are some potential causes of an oily scalp.
Skin disorders caused by immune dysfunctions such as eczem
Spleen Deficiency with Phlegm-Dampness Syndrome
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), health is achieved by having all your body’s organs perfectly balanced. Issues like rashes, a cold, and even an oily scalp can occur when there’s disharmony in the body.
TCM Physician Wong Si Xuan explains, “People who have a Spleen Deficiency with Phlegm-Dampness body constitution tend to suffer from an oily scalp. Excessive consumption of fried, fatty, and spicy food can worsen the condition as this type of diet weakens the Spleen. It results in Damp-Heat arising and causing over-secretion of oil in the scalp area.”
Humidity has a say in whether you’re going to have a good hair day or not. When the weather is hot and humidity levels are high, the body works hard to cool down. This will result in overactive sebaceous glands that trigger oil production. Sweat also makes your hair look greasier.
According to Physician Wong, hot weather can add to Heat and
Remedies for an Oily Scalp
Caring for an oily scalp can be tricky. Washing your hair too often can dry out the ends while leaving your hair for more than a day resulting in greasy hair. Here are some tips for tending your mane and clearing out excess oil from your scalp.
According to a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Trichology, shampoo is the most used tool for managing hair and scalp conditions. It’s proven to be effective for the treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, as well as
Use shampoos that are specific to targeting an oily scalp. Antifungal shampoos with labels like “scalp care” usually work by controlling Malassezia spp, a type of fungi that thrives on oily surfaces and causes dandruff. Products from brand-name stores in Malaysia are generally safe to use. Physician Wong advises people to seek recommendations from dermatologists for faster results.
2. TCM herbs for an oily scalp
An oily scalp can recur when your body isn’t in balance. According to Physician Wong, the herbal remedies for this condition are in accordance with each individual’s body constitution and pattern differentiation. She says, “There are TCM herbs available that can help strengthen the Spleen, remove Phlegm-Dampness and clear Heat. Once the body’s energies are back in balance, these symptoms would resolve on their own.”
Some commonly used
3. Tea tree oil
Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is an antiseptic that can help control bacterial and fungal growth. Produced from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree, it’s commonly sold as an essential oil.
A 2021 study in Pakistan found that shampoos with 0.5% to 3% concentration of tea tree oil have antifungal properties, which can combat scalp dandruff and oiliness. Its pH level is also close to your skin’s slightly acidic pH of 5.5, so tea tree shampoos are considered good for your hair.
4. Green tea
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that
The remedies above might provide relief for an oily scalp and other associated conditions like dandruff. However, if your oily scalp doesn’t improve, speak to a medical professional or a qualified TCM physician for diagnosis and treatment. Are you ready for great hair?
- Current Cosmetic Science. 2021. Formulation and In Vitro Characterization of Tea Tree Oil Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. [Accessed on 23 September 2022]
- International Journal of Trichology. 2018. Scalp Condition Impacts Hair Growth and Retention via Oxidative Stress. [Accessed on 12 September 2022]
- Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2016. Development and clinical evaluation of green tea hair tonic for greasy scalp treatment. [Accessed on 12 September 2022]
- National Library of Medicine. 2022. Seborrheic dermatitis. [Accessed on 12 September 2022]
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