Scalp Care for Bald Heads with Skin Problems
Bald or shaved heads require specific care and treatment in order to keep the skin on the scalp in tip-top condition. Maintaining a regular scalp care regime will enable you to reduce potential problems like dry skin. The bare skin on the head requires just as much attention as hair. A hairless head is exposed to the sun, air, pollutants, chemicals, chlorine and allergens and can therefore develop scalp problems. Acne, rashes and problems like ingrown hair can also create hygiene and health issues.
Treating the skin on the scalp in the same way as the skin on the body means that you reduce the likelihood of dealing with issues like sunburn, flaky skin and infections. Rashes can be treated by applying cortisone cream that can be bought over the counter. Regular washing and moisturizing of the scalp will reduce problems caused by perspiration, dryness and clogged follicles that may encourage acne and pimple inflammation.
Caring for a Shaved Head
Many men choose to remove their hair as a fashion statement. This requires daily shaving of the scalp and this regular action can encourage scalp dryness if particular attention is not given to the care of the scalp before and after shaving. Shaving too often can dry out and irritate the skin on the scalp so adequate moisturisation is recommended to help overcome this problem. It is also important to shave when the pores are open so after a hot shower is the ideal time.
Caring for a head that is regularly shaved is a simple routine. After shaving the head, using the preferred shaving cream, the scalp should be washed with gentle shampoo. After patting dry moisturiser can be applied all over the scalp. For men with a more defined sense of style there are a variety of moisturizing products available that provide a matt or shiny finish on the scalp.
The Importance of Pampering that beautiful bald head
Maintaining a healthy scalp requires more than a quick wash in the shower. A bald scalp should be regularly washed with a gentle shampoo, as this reduces moisture loss of the skin. Regularly removing dead skin and dirt, by gently exfoliating the scalp with a scrub is also recommended. The type of exfoliating product you use on your face or body can be used to remove dead skin from the scalp provided it is applied in gentle movements.
Moisturizing the skin on the scalp is also important as this helps keep the skin soft, supple and prevents it from drying out and becoming flaky.
The Importance of Massaging a Shaved Head
Although scalp massage is known to stimulate hair growth it cannot encourage hair growth if baldness has occurred. What massage does continue to provide is a promotion of blood flow to the scalp, which helps maintain healthy skin. Scalp massage also relaxes muscles and eases tension and therefore helps rebalance. A simple technique, that involves moving the balls of the fingers in circular motions over the scalp, not only feels good but also provides many health benefits.
Rashes on bald heads
The skin on your bald head is delicate. It may react adversely to certain shampoos, wool hats, perspiration, and other irritants. Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream if rashes or redness occurs, and consult a doctor if the rash is persistent, spreads, or bleeds.
Razor bumps on bald heads
Do you shave your head to be smooth and bald? Make sure you don't shave your scalp too often, or too carelessly. Be sure hair is at least one-quarter inch long so it's not too short to shave. Wet hair with hot water, lather with shaving cream, use only a clean new blade, and shave with the hair grain, not against it. Exfoliate and moisturize scalp skin daily.
Razor burn on bald heads
Razor burn is caused by poor shaving techniques, the use of dull dirty blades and shaving too frequently or before your skin is ready. This is true of every part of the body but most notably the bald scalp. Take a long hot shower before you shave, use a lot of shaving cream and let it soak into skin for up to five minutes before shaving, always use a fresh, sharp razor blade, and avoid shaving daily. Care for the raw skin on your scalp with an aftershave moisturizing solution like aloe vera and moisturizing cream formulated for sensitive skin.
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How bald men can prevent dry skin on their head
Created on: December 11, 2010 Last Updated: December 15, 2010
When men think of skin care, it's most often how to treat hands that have been roughened by tough, manual work on the job or doing chores. But a bald man's biggest skin care challenge is right there in front of him every time he looks in the mirror: the top of his head. Dry skin on the scalp can be itchy and painful, but with a bit of planning and just a few extra minutes a day, a man who's proud of his pate can keep his skin healthy and looking good.
Many of the same good practices that apply to skin in general are musts for avoiding dry skin on a bald head. But men often overlook the need to care for their scalps until a problem arises. To start taking better care of the skin of your scalp, do two things right away: 1) make caring for your scalp a part of your daily grooming routine and 2) resolve to change habits that may be contributing to dry, problem skin.
Begin with your morning shower. Unless you’re already using a moisturizing bath bar or shower gel, avoid the temptation to wash your scalp with the same soap you use for your body. Instead, choose a mild shampoo. Baby shampoos are ideal because they contain fewer substances that could contribute to dryness. As you towel off after bathing, be sure to dry your head thoroughly to avoid chapping and chafing. If you’re shaving your head, consider using a shaving product made for a woman’s legs, which may be more gentle on the skin than ordinary shaving cream or soap. And use a premium quality razor, being sure to change the blade often, to ensure a smooth shave. Skip the aftershave—on your head, anyway, and use it only on your face—most contain alcohol, and that will only exacerbate dryness on your dome. Finally, apply a good moisturizer to your scalp.
If your head is not completely bald and your remaining hair still requires an occasional trip to the barber, ask your barber to recommend a shampoo and moisturizer. Hair-care professionals keep up-to-date with the newest and best products and can help you find the ones that are best suited to your skin type.
It’s just as easy to change other habits that contribute to a dry scalp. You wouldn’t go out in cold, raw weather without wearing gloves. If the weather is frosty or even if it’s only windy, don’t go out without a hat. Besides preventing the loss of body heat—just as your mother told you when you were a kid—a hat will protect your scalp from the drying effects of cold, dry air and wind.
In the warmer weather, a hat will protect your head from sunburn and potential skin cancer by shielding your head from the sun’s harmful rays. If you prefer to go hatless in the summer sunshine, be sure to use a good sunscreen with a higher SPF, reapplying it often, especially if you’re active in water sports. And when you come indoors after an extended time out in the elements, apply moisturizer again.
If you’re a proud bald man, keep your scalp feeling and looking its best by following those few simple practices, and your handsome head is sure to remain one of your most striking—and unforgettable—features.
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An itchy scalp is a common ailment, one that may be the result of a skin condition or not. Beyond the discomfort of the itchiness, an itchy scalp can cause several problems. For some people, the condition can be embarrassing. It might be socially unacceptable scratch one's head in public, and the fear of unattractive flakes in the hair or on the shoulders can make some uncomfortable and self-conscious.
A common cause of itchy scalp for adults is dandruff. Typically caused by a number of skin conditions, including seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and other factors, dandruff refers to the characteristic flakes of itchy, oily dead skin that can fall from the scalp. It's a symptom of numerous scalp disorders, including scalp fungus, eczema, psoriasis and other causes [source: Mayo Clinic]. Dandruff also can be mild or extremely severe. In mild cases, some simple lifestyle changes can eliminate the problem; extreme cases, on the other hand, may require some treatment.
In children, an itchy scalp is often the sign of a different condition altogether. As many parents can probably attest, an infestation of head lice is a common childhood disease that spreads easily. The scientific name, Pediculosis capitis, describes the tiny parasite that feeds on blood from the victim's scalp. The scalp itches because the saliva from the pests causes an allergic reaction [source: Mayo Clinic]. Children are also likely to get scalp ringworm, another contagious condition that causes itchiness.
Some scalp ailments aren't just itchy -- they can hurt due to painfully tender spots or a burning sensation in places. Sometimes the itchiness can be so severe that the sufferer breaks the skin. When that happens, there's a risk that the open wounds will get infected and lead to further problems. An itchy scalp can also be so uncomfortable that the victim has trouble sleeping. Another potential consequence is hair loss, although it's usually temporary.
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Pimples on your bald head driving you nuts? There are several ways to prevent or get rid of annoying, unsightly pimples or blemishes, or what appear to be pimples, that have appeared on your bald head. First of all, let's get a dermatologist's take on this common problem with men who are proud to be bald.
I asked Dr. Oanh Lauring, MD, chief of dermatology at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, what is the most likely cause of pimples developing on a bald head. She explained that this is "most likely to occur with men who shave their beards and head. Normal skin bacteria gets into the nicked skin and inflames the hair follicles and promotes folliculitis."
Dr. Lauring advises not to shave against the grain of the hairs. As for a solution to pimples or red bumps on the bald head, Dr. Lauring states, "Start out with over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide wash or salicylic acid wash; topical benzoyl peroxide to prevent flares, but some people may require topical antibiotics or steroids for flares of the bumps." Avoid using cocoa butter, Vaseline petroleum jelly to the scalp, as it may clog pores and promote folliculitis."
Here are other solutions to pimples, blemish-like spots, or red bumps on your bald head, endorsed by members of the community for bald men, slybaldguys.com:
-Use a single blade to prevent razor burn. This is commonly done by bodybuilders to prepare for contests.
-Pimples can be caused by blocked pores, but pimple-like bumps, which aren't technically pimples, can arise from shaving, so be alert to your shaving techniques. So do not use any products on your head that can clog pores. If you feel that the red "bumps" on your bald head are related to pores, rather than to shaving, apply an astringent or product that contains salicylic acid. This might sting momentarily, but can diminish red areas, and in some men, can completely clear up trouble spots in a few days.
-Try exfoliation. You can exfoliate by gently (or more vigorously, according to some men) rubbing the exfoliation sponge along the irritated area. One man recommends the St. Ives apricot scrub. Another man simply uses a brush; this can be either a facial or body brush. Any store that sells bath products should have these. Natural bristles will probably work better than plastic ones, and are a bit softer to the touch.
-Ingrown hairs can cause "shaving bumps." One man recommends Shave Secret, available at Walmart. Another bald man reports that he tried just about everything for the pimples that kept appearing on his head; nothing worked. Then he tried a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream and a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide product, and this worked.
Dr. Lauring explains, "African-American men are prone to ingrown hairs and subsequently unsightly scar bumps. People should avoid plucking or waxing, as this traumatizes the hair bulb and encourages the hairs to grow back into the skin. If an ingrown hair develops, it is best to use a needle to carefully loosen the hair from the skin, then clip the hair. When bumps occur and persist, they may require topical steroids or even steroid injections to stop the inflammation."
Dr. Lauring adds, "Ointments absorb better than creams, but they tend to be more clogging to the pore if they are petrolatum-based. Topical steroids should always be used sparingly and for brief periods, as daily chronic use of topical steroids may promote more acne, folliculitis, skin thinning, skin lightening and stretch mark development."
Sporting a bald head by choice isn't as easy as it looks or seems. The bald head requires continuous upkeep and is thus vulnerable to irritations such as pimples and other red bumps.
Eight Steps to Prevent Razor Burn or Skin Rash when
Shaving Your Bald Head
There is nothing quite as irritating as shaving your bald head only to suffer from razor burn -- a common skin irritation that occurs after shaving. Fear Not! For there are ways to combat this unsightly and uncomfortable condition. By following the steps below, you can minimize the effects of razor burn and bald head shaving skin problems.
Step One Exfoliate your Bald Head
Before shaving, gently scrub your face with a loofah or facial scrub lotion. This scrub helps remove dead skin, brings out ingrown hairs, and reduces razor burn rashes.
Step Two: Shower before Shaving Your Bald Head
Shave after taking a shower or after washing your head in warm water. Warm water and steam help soften skin and scalp nubs while opening up your pores. Also, it is good to shave after exercising rather than before so that the sweat does not irritate the freshly-shaved skin.
Step Three: Sharp Blades prevent Razor Burn on a Bald Head
Use new, sharp razor blades, and be sure to discard them before they become blunt. Although disposable razors and razor refills can be expensive, the price of using old, dull, or nicked razors is razor burn. In this case, buying the most expensive razor is not always the best idea. Usually problems occur because the razor is used too many times. Try to purchase razors that you are comfortable with throwing away after only a few uses. If using an electric shaver, be sure to clean the blades regularly and to keep them free of hairs.
Step Four: Quality Shaving Cream is Essential
Wet the scalp and lather the entire area to be shaved with a quality shaving cream or gel. Make sure you've let the cream or gel sit on the skin for a few minutes before shaving; this will increase the softness of the facial hair and will reduce the skin irritation.Do not use ordinary soap; it will dry out skin and increase the likelihood of irritation.Some people have success using a moisturizing cream instead of a lathering soap or foam, but this may not suit those with oily skin.Using a shaving oil can sometimes produce better results than using a cream or gel. Also, you can see where you're shaving.
Step Five: Shave with the Grain on the Scalp.
Shave with the grain of the scalp hais in short deliberate stroke patterns. Shaving your bald head against the grain increases the odds of skin irritation, rashes and ingrown hairs.Â Use gentle strokes as long hard strokes will increase razor contact and the potential of skin problems. Rinsing after each stroke will keep the razor clean thus reducing the possibility of skin problems.
Step Six: Wash Your Bald Head Completely after the Shaving.
Wash your Head with COLD water after shaving to completely clean it and to remove all traces of shaving cream. The cold water will help close pores and reduce skin irritation.
Step Seven: Apply a Quality Moisturizer to your Bald Head
Apply a quality moisturizing lotion to rehydrate and reduce the possibility of razor burns or rash. Products containing Salicylic or Glycolic Acid are very effective in clearing pores, moisturizing and reducing infection.
Step Eight: Clean Your Shaving Razor!
Dip the blade in rubbing alcohol after the final rinse. Blades last much longer than most people think. The apparent dulling of the blade is due to the formation of microscopic "teeth" on the edge, made up of mineral crystals from the water. These drag against the skin, causing the blade to grab and producing cuts and much of the razor burn. The alcohol will displace the water and the minerals in it, and evaporate without leaving residue. Store the razor with the blade edges upward.