What causes oily scalp and what are the scalp treatments you can use?

Many people use anti-dandruff shampoos, aiming to ease problems caused by a dry scalp, but having a scalp that’s too oily can also cause problems of its own. An oily scalp is the result of excess sebum, natural oil that is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands.   


Usually, the oil presence of sebum on the scalp provides a layer of protection that is essential to keeping the skin from losing moisture and drying out too quickly. However, too much sebum can leave the scalp and hair becoming greasy and lead to outbreaks of dandruff. It’s also worth noting that malassezia, a fungus commonly associated with the appearance of dandruff, thrives in oily areas of the scalp and can further aggravate dandruff symptoms.   


An oily scalp tends to affect men more than it does women; this is because male scalps generate up to 50% more sebum than female scalps. Because of this, men are much more susceptible to the adverse effects an excessively oily scalp, such as dandruff, itchiness and greasy hair. It’s important for men who suffer from dandruff to regularly use an anti-dandruff shampoo to eliminate dandruff and keep the scalp’s natural protective barrier active.

The best anti-dandruff shampoo for men from CLEAR with oily scalps is CLEAR Men Anti-Dandruff Deep Cleanse Nourishing Shampoo. This shampoo is specially formulated for male scalps and combined with activated charcoal and mint to effectively clear the scalp of excess sebum and dandruff, leaving it feeling cool and fresh.   


You can prevent an oily scalp through regular use of anti-dandruff shampoo. When washing their hair, people with oily scalps should concentrate on lathering shampoo into the hair and avoid scrubbing too much product into the scalp.    

Too much product on the scalp can clear out too much of the scalp’s natural oils and leaves it overly dry. Make sure to rinse the hair well in order to eliminate any residues that might cause even more oiliness. When styling the hair avoid using too many gels or shine products, these tend to weigh the hair down and make it appear greasier.   

Oily scalps are a common problem, but are easily treated when you follow our advice and take good care of your hair and scalp. However, if your scalp continue to appear heavily oily and greasy, consult a dermatologist.