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hardened sebum ball surrounding hair follicle....

Discussion in 'The Undiagnosed' started by maxima88x, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. kitty_kates

    kitty_kates Member

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    yeah, same

    I've always had the same thing, to various degrees.
    I've recently been diagnosed with seb derm. Basically inflammation and overproduction of oil as a response to yeast on the scalp.

    what is currently working for me:
    I'm using a shampoo containing salicylic acid. (called Sebitar... It kinda stinks) the salicylic acid is actually able to penetrate the follicles and break down the sebum that does indeed suffocate hairs. I have seen a DRAMATIC decrease in these balls in just 2 weeks of use. It used to be that I could run my hand through my hair and find these clogs. Every time I scratched one; a hair or 2 would come out. Now I can't physically feel any, although I still shed 4 or 5 of these hairs per day. I assume (as hair has about a 2 month lag between dying and falling) it should be a month or so before I see much difference in shed count.
    Baby steps.
    another thing I am trying is once or twice weekly application of a topical anti fungal cream. Monnistat to be exact. Haha.
    Not sure if its working yet, but I figured it can't hurt.
     
  2. I know this thread has not been posted to in a while, but I have had sebum plugs since I was 17 ..now 35. I tried everything and anything. I have been experimenting with things for years, and I finally found something that works! I mix it up myself, message me for more info. I alternate two different things for scalp plugs and for shedding and growth. I stopped using it thinking everything would be ok and the plugs and itch came back! But when I do it continuously I have no itch and shed is reduced alot.
     
  3. mycurlyhair

    mycurlyhair Experienced Member

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    What is it you are using then?? For the girls who said she has flaky eyebrows, I have a little ACV/water on them and that has helped alot. I also have plugs and the hair is lose when they are present. Still have scaling on scalp...Ugh
     
  4. LoosingItAll

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    you can buy Nizoral 1 % shampoo over the counter at Wal mart. You can get the 2 % in a perscription from a dermatologist . It will dry the hair a bit but will take away the fungus, bacteria and imflamation. APV workes as well but just not strong enough for cure
     
  5. vinodparate

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    Yellowish bulbs at hair roots

    Hi All,

    I am 29yr old male from India, even I was suffering from this problem with yellowish white bulb like things coming up at my hair roots.
    I always felt like pulling those blubs with my nails.
    I tries various treatment like homeopathy and Richfeel hair treatments but no improvement happened.
    Then finaly Iwent for allopathic treatment.
    The doctor prescribed me Clindac A solution , Sotret 20mg capsules, Diprovat G cream and Citrilak 55 solution.
    Within month or so those yellow bulbs are reduced upto 90% and even my face looks damnn clean, may be due to Sotret.
    I dont know is this a permanent solution but currently its working fine.

    Thanks,
    Vinod
     
  6. Solid oil plugs causing hair loss

    I just came to this website to look for discussions solid oil plugs. I have fighting hair loss for the past 15 years and I am losing the battle. I have spent so much money trying to hopefully nurse my scalp back to health but no no avail. The main problem that I face is the extreme oiliness on my scalp. It turns itchy, oily and red within an hour after bathing! If I could extract oil from my scalp for commercialisation, I'd have made a fortune. Unfortunately I can't.
    And this means that my hair strands are suffocating. Everytime my hair falls off, I will carefully examine the hair roots and they always come with this solid oil plug. I am convinced that the oil is suffocating my scalp and making my hair fall off so easily. It's worse when I bath. The hair just comes off like they hate my scalp and it's depressing. I am sure many members here can commiserate with my situation

    Could you please share your solutions for tackling those solid oil plug problems? I am wondering why scalp is so oily (I am taking Accutane, but they don't seem to do much. In fact, they also cause hair loss so I don't really see the point of taking Accutane if it also results in hairless). As you can tell, I am at my wits end. My hair is shedding so fast and I am so worried. I don't want to turn bald. If you're kind enough to share your advice, I'd be grateful !

    Let's fight hairloss together. :box:
    Thank you!
     
  7. pittgerhair

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    Hello sanclin and maxima,

    I too have the same issue and I am lossing my hair at a dramatic rate. I am trying apple cider viniger and but it hasnt made too much of a difference. Was your treatment with jojoba oil successful? did you get rid of sebum and could grow hair back? I have tried everything but it only seems to get worse

    Thank you!



     
  8. mycurlyhair

    mycurlyhair Experienced Member

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    Hi Sarah- Are you having build up/scaling or just balls? I have all of the above and still looking for a cure but know its not out there. I have tried everything! How is your scalp/hair other then the Sebum plugs?
     
  9. mycurlyhair

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    I had the pain in the very same spot for months. It was almost like a cool burn. It was weird. Do you have a good camera you can see? Sounds like you might! I bought a microscope camera on amazon for like $30 and use it every day to see whats going on. I do notice w/ the plus there is light flaking (paper thin) around them. Usually if I lift up where the plug is the hair comes out. I dont get the burn, itch, tingle much at all now. Just can feel the build up and have sore spots (lightly red at times) when its bad in that area. Ive changed my diet to practically only meat, veggies, and fruit. I hate this!
     
  10. mycurlyhair

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    I have looked and didnt see anything. Thought mine was that at first too. There was times the flaking on my brows was bad. Just ACV is helping me. I do use a tea tree shampoo and also have the essential oils but should always be used with a carrier oil. I use it on my scalp but very little. Haven't tried the brows.
     
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    any updates on oily scalp? I have this sebum bulb issue either ..
    I always tried anti-dandruff shampoos and also organic shampoos for oily scalp but Androgenetic Alopecia did not stop..
     
  13. nevermindd

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    Hi SarahS,

    Have you tried no carb diet? It is said that carbs make the oil on scalp.
     
  14. mycurlyhair

    mycurlyhair Experienced Member

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    I did no carb for almost two months. Scalp felt a little better but still had scaling. I felt sick on the diet the whole time! :(
     
  15. LoosingItAll

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    ♥ Apple cider vinager is used for MANY things. ♥ Used once a week mixed in a spray bottle 50 % ACV & 50 % water sprayed all over scalp and allow to sit on scalp for 10 min, Wash out with a tea tree oil product, .. When I was younger and HAD this I used brand name ( Paul mitchell tea tree shampoo and conditioner ) I too had fine flakes , and plugs, hair was always oily... I'm sorry I had not read this before hand. I was 19 when this went on. This is what fixed my issue after 2 months. I never had an issue with this again.

    If you wash your hair every day . It will produce even more. The hair follicles want to work overtime because you keep washing off it's protective layer. So wash every other day with the tea tree oil but begin with the good ACV rince to lower mites, bacteria, fungus, and loosen debries. On the second day you can use a bit of baby powder in your parted area, a little on the sides and a little under neath to get rid of the oily look. Don't put to much, and comb through scalp gently. **** Now a days... They have Dry shampoos that works the same but has more chemicles *** My ♥Mom ♥ Also put us all on a low Saturated fat diet at the time . She did try her best !! We ate no more greasy burgers and fries, and went to baked Chicken, porked chops , and fish and a red meat pot roat 1 time a week and lots of brocolli and brussel sprouts, carrots, and green beans. She took away cheese for the most part unless it was melted over chicken , We went to Skim milk, and back then wheat bread was the healthy option.

    After my scalp stopped overly producing the Sebum. No more greasy hair, itchy scalp, flaky skin ot grains of sand feeling in my hair.

    I still continued the ACV 1 time a month and tea tree shampoo once a week ( panteene inbetween ) for 10 years. Never had this problem again and mine was bad for 2 years .

    In fact never had another issue with my hair other than a few grey ones until last April Age 39

    Here is something I copied from another site ::

    Apply a light dusting of baby powder to your scalp to reduce the amount of sebum buildup and reduce your hair’s oily appearance. Gently brush the baby powder through your hair to keep it from taking on a whitish tint.
    [h=2]Warnings[/h]
    • Buildup from using too many styling products can increase the amount of oil on your scalp. Avoid using an excess amount of styling products like gels, hair spray or styling lotions.
    • Avoid placing styling products directly on your scalp. If you tend to produce excess sebum, adding styling products tends to compound the problem.
    [h=2]Tips[/h]
    • If you prefer a natural method to reduce sebum, use remedies such as squeezing lemon into one cup of water and applying this to your scalp. Or blend 1/4 cup of vinegar with two cups of water onto wet hair, leave on for a few minutes and shampoo.


    I really Hope this is helpful to some of you !

    XX♥XX
    Shannon
     
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  16. purplefusion

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    itching Occipital protrubance and lower parietal (crown)

    I had the same symptoms. It was resolved doing multiple things: The scalp is acidic;( alot of physicians do not go into the etiology but only treat symptoms.). First and foremost; Do a Candida cleanse,(there are multiple Candida detox products in your local health food store or you can make your own) then restoring consuming natural probiotics. 2: Drink plenty of water with minerals(lemons, cucumber, limes, braggs APV etc). Buy an aloe plant or aloe gel (organic) and rub into a shampooed scalp.This will restore the natural PH balance on the scalp(promotion of stronger hair follicle.
    Buy Dr Bronners (Tea Tree hemp soap)1 tsp with 2TBSP Braggs APV in a bottle and shake. Use this as your go to shampoo. After you do the Candida cleanse, your body will respond to you and your chakra. Do not fear if you see an excess amount of sebum, dead skin, scabbing and peeling on the scalp. This is your organ called SKIN expelling TOXINS carried by the lymph. It will continue this as long as your bloodstream and lymph nodes are detoxing. You will see more expelling of excess sweat everywhere. Just shower with charcoal soap or tea tree soap or lavender. Do not use commercial soaps because they are affiliates to fungus, yeast and mucous. Another type of shampoo I use is 1tsp Dr Bronners Lavender with 2TBSP Braggs APV, 1/8 tsp of Coconut activated charcoal (FOOD GRADE ONLY). I use this when I see peeling or dry itching with no peeling. Use Hemp Oil to moisturize or Olive oil (organic) only. I hope this helps. This is a alot to take in but it is a war against toxins that destroy our immune systems into a havoc state.
     
  17. mycurlyhair

    mycurlyhair Experienced Member

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    Great post purple! What is your story with your hair/scalp? I have tried alot of those you mentioed. I also take charcoal internally and have applied it to my scalp. I have done many diet changes but it is all so hard when I am all ready under weight. Would love to talk more.
     
  18. mycurlyhair

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    Mine brows were flaky and falling alot. I used diluted apple cider vinegar on them after the shower and I think it helped alot. Sometimes I put a little bit of coconut oil to moisten them but also started nordic naturals Omegas and that could have helped them too. Good luck! I know how scary it is!
     
  19. Jess2015

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    Hi,

    I'm new here ... I specifically register to be able to reply to this thread ...
    I experienced the same thing, hair loss, itchy scalp, and the white ball at the end of the hair ...
    I had very thick hair, and the hair loss began about 2 years ago. I was so sad ...
    No matter what I did, they kept shedding ...
    So I started to do a bit of research and found out all the symptoms I was having, including the hairloss, was/is because of Candida overgrowth.
    It started after I was given antibiotic for 9 months for TB. Before that, I wasn't a healthy eater either, I liked sugary, junk food ... But no hairloss ...
    I guess the antibiotic killed all the good bacteria too and Candida started to take over ...

    There is no easy/quick solution, sorry to say ... It's long and hard but it'll get better ...

    What helps me is taking VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil), I do oil pulling with VCO every single day. You will get bad die off, which may last a few days, weeks or months ... Of course, mine take months lol. During die off period, it will seems as if the treatment does not work because things will get worse, but hang in there ... Keep doing it ... it'll be over one day ...

    I didn't know I had Candida so I still ate crappy food while doing OP (Oil Pulling), so it was like a neverending bad circle ...
    What I should have done earlier was to starve the excess Candida(no sugar, no junk food, no bad carbs, no sweet fruits, no dried fruits etc ... Please google "Candida diet").

    I take ACV Braggs 1 tbsp a day DILUTED in 1 litre of water taken with a straw. Fresh garlic. Probiotic capsules. Plain yogurt (no sugar). Vitamin C capsules. Chamomile/Peppermint tea. Cinnamon. And Oil Pulling with VCO AND take VCO internally, 2tbsp a day.
    I also took antifungal for about 1.5months.
    That, and the Candida diet. As well as not taking any medications, antibiotic especially. Once you take VCO regularly, you'll notice you get sick very rarely.

    Also, wash your hair every day. Have a shower twice a day. Excess sweat and oily greasy skin is where Candida likes to stay.
    Make sure you have regular bowel movements, otherwise the dead Candida creates toxicity inside your body.
    I also use ACV diluted with water (1:3) for my face as a toner because along with the hairloss, my face became oily and had lots of pimples. I used to have clear skin and thick hair, so this was so hard for me to deal with.

    I tried castor oil, jojoba oil, honey, olive oil, but they didn't work.
    Recently I started eating coconut meat and coconut water, fresh from the young coconut. It's cheap where I live and available every day of the year.
    and I noticed lots of new growth ... But I still shed, not a lot but enough to make me cringe, it's not a "quick solution", more like a lifestyle change, because if you go back to eating junk food excessively again, AND sugar, the Candida will come back even worse.

    The worst part was at the middle front, where the fringe usually is. They say because it's connected to liver health. When you have Candida overgrowth your liver is in a bad shape. So until the liver is well again, that part of hair stays sparse ...

    Once everything is back to normal, I think ACV and VCO is enough for maintenance along with good diet. Btw, it takes about a year or more of the diets and supplements, depending on the severity, even if seems like the symptoms is all gone.

    So, I hope this helps ... I KNOW how sad it is to lose your hair and not knowing why it happened or how to stop it ...

    Please google "Candida overgrowth and hair loss".

    PS: drink lots of water to helps remove the toxins ...

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    (See above)

    I forgot to say, please refrain from using oil on your scalp ... Because the fungus Malassezia Furfur loves oil ... And will cause further hairloss ...
    Candida overgrowth can cause excess oil on the scalp, which is the white balls plugging the hair follicle. And Malassezia eats the oil and cause hairloss, itchiness, and flakes.
    If the Candida is back to normal, the hairloss will stop.
    You can "kill" the Malassezia fungus with ACV rinse or Selsun Blue shampoo, but until the Candida is under control, the itchiness or hairloss won't be gone.

    I tried baby powder on my scalp, the next morning, LOTS OF HAIR fell. Like TONS more ... So please don't ... and no honey treatment, Candida loves anything sweet.

    When your inside is well, the outside will automatically be well too ... It takes time, but you'll get there ... And all the hair you've lost will grow back ... your skin will get clear and glowing, and more importantly, you'll be healthy inside and outside ... :)

    Also, when you first take VCO, your skin will get oilier as they adapt, make sure to wash your face and hair and have a shower to avoid another fungus taking residence.
    Excess oil can also means toxins are being expelled. Also if your hair falls it could means toxins are being expelled. Hang in there, things may get worse but eventually it will get better.
     
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  20. mycurlyhair

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    Jess- You had thick scaling on your scalp or just the hair loss? I did the diet and felt sick for the whole two month and dropped weight. I had to stop. Did you hair fill in?
     

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