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4 Tips To Control Excess Sebum Production

Feb 21, 2022

Stephane Meus

Do you know about excess sebum?

Sebum is first and foremost a friend. But when produced in excess, it leaves your hair greasy and lifeless. It can even cause hair loss. Here are our tips and tricks for keeping your scalp balanced and your hair full of life.

Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands found at the base of hair and body hair. When mixed with sweat, it protects the skin and scalp from dryness and germs.

As a Harvard Medical School article explains, "sebum is a complex mixture of fatty acids, sugars, waxes and other natural chemicals that form a protective barrier against water evaporation.

Sebum exits through the same pores that produce hair. However, sometimes sebaceous glands produce more sebum than they need. There are many reasons for this: stress, certain medications, health problems, poor diet, etc.

But don't panic, a few simple actions can positively influence the situation.

  1. Eat less fat and sugar

Reduce fat (butter, ham...) and sugar (cakes, cookies, sodas...).  Privilege fruits and vegetables. Zinc and selenium help balance sebum production. Eat foods that contain zinc and selenium such as onions, garlic, eggplants and potatoes.

  1. Reduce your stress

When you are overwhelmed, practice deep breathing: inhale by expanding your belly, exhale by retracting it. Sport is also an excellent stress reliever.

  1. Adopt a respectful beauty routine

Use a gentle shampoo that cleanses the hair without damaging it or stripping it of its natural oils.  A conditioner adapted to your hair type restores moisture and makes detangling easier. Especially on frizzy hair, "moisturize and seal" with a moisture-removing product and a moisture-sealing oil.

  1. Wash your hair less often

Washing your hair too frequently will deprive your scalp of the natural oils it needs, which will activate your sebaceous gland to overproduce sebum that compensates for the post-natural oil. The goal is to reduce the number of times you wash your hair. And don't forget to massage gently while washing.

By following these tips, your scalp will be rebalanced for revived, naturally beautiful hair!

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