Healing the scalp is part of the solution...

The prevailing wisdom over the last few decades has been that the cause of itchy, flakey scalp is fungal overgrowth that feeds off skin sebum around hair roots. The thought for treatment, therefore, has been that if we kill the fungus, we eliminate the itchiness and dryness.

Trouble is that despite antifungals of every kind — from ketoconazole to vinegar — far too many of us still go crazy scratching our scalps. Even high potency steroids intended to shut down inflammatory itching regardless of cause often do not offer relief.

Perhaps it’s time for a new hypothesis using a critical analogy. Hand washing for hospital staff may be one of the top advancements in medicine right there with penicillin and vaccines. But too much hand washing leaves hands dry and cracked, ironically creating a beachhead for the very microbes targeted by washing. Doctors and hospital staff interested in protecting their patients from infection thus first and foremost must make sure that their skin is healthy - not just scrubbed.  

"…your main focus would be on maintaining a healthy scalp, not on nuking malassezia."

Applied to the scalp, this same reality holds. Overly shampooing your scalp or using drying shampoos and treatments, and you’re likely to encounter the same problem as doctors who overly scrub their hands. Instead of eliminating microbes, the injured scalp becomes sensitive, inflamed, and even harder to control while microbes flourish. Think about so many of the scalp treatments available today such as shampoos, tar, alcohol-based steroids, Vitamin D, etc. – they all strip the scalp of key oils and defenses against the sun. As we have heard over and over again, scalp sensitivity and itching often gets worse rather than better, and the sun in particular becomes even more problematic.

As with the surgeon’s hands, the damaged scalp becomes ideal for germs, including Malassezia, to opportunistically grow, causing more inflammation, abnormal sebum production, and aggravation, which leads to more germ growth, etc. The downward spiral ensues.

SO WHAT'S OUR APPROACH?

For starters, the main focus is on creating a healthy scalp instead of nuking Malassezia. This means hydration and healing. Only then do we add protection against the sun, environment, and aging with healthy natural ingredients that fight free radicals, oxidation, and inflammation. Now we’re supporting your scalp, and hair growth by the way, from multiple healthy angles. The result? Often immediate relief from itching and then gradual scalp health improvement over the first few weeks. 

Step 1: Hydration

Look no further than urea, a great and natural hydrater. In addition, hyaluronic acid is a natural, gel-like molecule produced by the human body that holds moisture as well as possessing many favorable cell-signaling properties.

Step 2: Healing

There are natural molecules that heal and nourish. Of these, Vitamin B3 has been associated with profound skin healing (and even reduction in skin cancer recurrence) for sun damage, acne, and more. Additionally, melatonin, a strong antioxidant, helps stop the inflammatory loop, as well as caffeine (both of which can help with hair growth!). A tad of Vitamin A can also begin a series of important cascades, but not too much so as not to irritate.

Step 3: Protection

Environmental hazards will still lurk. UV protection from Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, and other anti-oxidant molecules have been shown to confer protection, similar to how nature does it!

The scientific literature supports this new approach to treating itchy scalp with a plethora of research papers demonstrating safety and benefit. Massage Alón Labs Scalp Serum into your itchy scalp and feel the relief!

Alon Scalp Calming Formula

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