What Do You Know About The Scalp Microbiome?

What Do You Know About The Scalp Microbiome?

September 06, 2022

The scalp microbiome can be defined as a group of organisms growing on the skin on top of the head and are a crucial aspect of keeping the scalp and hair healthy. The scalp microbiome is similar to the skin microbiome though there are various differences between the two. 
 
How does the scalp microbiome differ from the skin microbiome?
 
In simple terms, it’s based on the contrast between the yeast and bacterial load. The scalp microbiome has a predisposition for increased yeast, versus the skin microbiome and other areas that have higher levels of bacteria.
 
Certified trichologist and founder of Advanced Trichology, William Gaunitz, FWTS, shared these common symptoms of an out-of-balance scalp microbiome:
 

Dandruff

Flaking

Itching

Irritation

White bulbs attached to hairs from the scalp

 
Additionally, diet and nutrient levels also play an important role and have the largest influence on the scalp microbiome. A scalp-healthy diet can help fight off unbalanced microbes on the scalp and strengthen your immune system. 
 
A few lifestyle changes that can help promote a healthy scalp microbiome include:
 

Washing your hair regularly with proper products and avoiding oily solutions

Decreasing the consumption of sugar and alcohol while increasing iron consumption in the form of red meat if not a vegetarian or vegan

Eating correctly for your blood type to help support the immune system balance.

Taking supplements such as vitamin D3, high absorbable iron, and omega 3s

 

Lastly, a blood test should also be done to ensure that vitamin D3 levels are between 60 ng/mL and 80 ng/mL and ferritin levels are above 70 ng/mL.
 

Want to learn more about how to maintain a healthy scalp microbiome? William Gaunitz, FWTS, shared more insights with Sunday Riley’s The Sunday Edit.
 
For more information on scalp health, visit www.AdvancedTrichology.com, and follow us on Instagram at @AdvancedTrichology.


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