little raised balls of dry skin on scalp

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Lebron

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May 12, 2009
 
I have these little balls of what seems to be dry skin or maybe sebum on my scalp. They will fall off or I rub them off often and most times they take a hair with them. Has anyone else dealt with this? Does anybody know what this is?

I think it might be over active sebacious glands causing a build-up in the hair follicles, but I'm not sure.

I also have a general dandruff problem and
singer

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Jun 18, 2009
 
Hey! I have the same thing! Have had it for years. The little balls are hard and white. I was paranoid for a while it might be headlice but knew it couldnt be cos They came from scalp. Mine used to be attached to the end of a hair but not so much now. I went to a Trichologist and she said it was seborrhea- excess sebum. I use Selsun, T-Gel and an Elvive shampoo all for its treatment. My scalp is def much better than it used to be but yeah it bugs me sometimes that I have horrible white ball things coming from my scalp! Hope u feel better you're not the only one :-)

Singer
Lebron

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Jun 22, 2009
 
Thanks for the response! I've gotten it more under control over the past few weeks. Like I said I also have a bad dandruff problem. I've been using natural topical stuff like Apple Cider Vinegar and herbal stuff that I bought and that's done a lot to help with the dandruff, but not the white ball things. So, by using the herbal stuff and washing my hair like 3-5 times a day I got rid of most of the itch from the dandruff as well as its prescence. The white balls have calmed down a lot by using hot/cold water treatments. When I go to the gym I try to sweat a lot and keep the sweat going until I shower so that I can clean the sebum out my follicles. It's been working pretty well so far.
irene

Hialeah, FL

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Jun 28, 2009
 
hey i have the same thing i have these two balls on my scalp im really scared because im thinking its something bad i been having them for many years but im really scared i would like for you guys to please help me and let me know if this is something bad like cancer or is it just something minor i been really worried about this please i would really appreciate it if u guys could hel me and tell me if these two white hard balls is something bad??
singer

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Jul 1, 2009
 
hi Irene! Do the white balls come off your scalp? Mine yeah, I get lots of them and they are hard and they come off really easily. Its the excess sebum. If yours are fixed there and dont come off Im not sure but I would def go and see a doctor as you seem really anxious about it. I know how you feel. I get really anxious too at times even after 2 trichologists told me what it was :-)
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Lebron

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Jul 1, 2009
 
I agree. It doesn't sound like the same thing singer I have. Definitely get it checked out by a doctor. How big are the balls? Can you see them? Do they hurt/itch?
LeAnna

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Jul 8, 2009
 
I think I have the same thing, I can rub them off easily and they look like tiny grains of white salt or sugar. I also have oily hair, but I don't think it's dandruff because these "balls" are isolated and are not in big chucks of flakes. What are they and how do I get rid of them?
Lebron

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Jul 8, 2009
 

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Well, basically the problem stems from the overproduction of sebum. I've gotten the problem under control, but not completely cured. I had a bad dandruff problem which I believe was primarily from a fungal infection (there are many different claims as to what causes dandruff. The logical/short answer to what causes it is... different things in different cases.)

I got rid of the dandruff, which is ALMOST completely gone, by using a specific diet including not mixing certain foods and eating all natural, mostly organic foods. I cut out most meat and stuck to primarily raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and grains/beans prepared through sprouting and low heating them.

I believe this helped a lot with the sebum problem as well.

More importantly than this I used a combination of powdered herbs including plantain leaf, oregano, ginger, turmeric, etc. as well as spraying a tincture I bought online on my scalp each night before bed.

If you want more details on this email me. If you can't find my email just ask for details and I'll either find yours or just explain on here.

NOW, this tincture was alcohol based so it did not help with the sebum problem very much, but instead seemed to dry the sebum and cause a few more of these. I had to stick it out, but now the dandruff is almost gone.

I also did not shampoo for about a month which I believe cause the sebum production to slow. It was tough because I had to rinse my scalp 3,4,5 sometimes 6 times a day, but it worked.

Your best bet is to follow this last bit of info and then use an organic shampoo (not all organics are created equally- decent ones are aubrey, miessence... just take the time to read the ingredients and look for one that has no sulfates or anything like that and no alcohol or alcohol derivatives)

Oh, and try going back and forth from warm water to cold water, ending your rinse with cold water.

Take what you will from this ramblefest. Sorry it's so convoluted.

P.S.- there are many other things you can do to decrease oil production/keep your scalp healthy. A lot of times you can use common sense (e.g. drink more water)
Evan

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Jul 18, 2009
 
I have these little white ball like things on my hair, individual strands and either near the scalp or in the middle. They sort of come off easy, and I also have a bad dandruff problem and itchy scalp for years, and i had this little white ball thing on my hair for years too. i don't think it's lice because I never see anything crawling, and if it is I'll be sad. I don't know what it is and it's kinda scary.
Lebron

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Jul 20, 2009
 
It sounds like you have something a little different than what Singer and I had/have. Are the white balls squishable? Are they ATTACHED TO THE SCALP? That was the case with my condition and I used to roll or sometimes pick them off. This is something you DO NOT want to do becuse it only makes things worse both physically and mentally. The more you pick the more you'll have to pick.

Seeing as you have dandruff you may want to look into getting a topical herbal tincture to kill the fungus or bacteria that may be present. I can suggest a very good one, but don't intend on doing any pluggin on here. Try the cold water rinses and make sure you have enough water pressure to clean your scalp and not just your top layer of hair. You should get some relief from this.

You should see a doctor if you think there's a chance it might be lice. Until your appointment try some of the tips I've outlined above and see if they help at all.

If it IS just dandruff changing your diet to all organic and COMPLETELY unprocessed (including sugar, salt etc) should help a lot. However you need to cleanse both internally and externally in conjunction with the diet change.
anika

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Aug 18, 2009
 
please help me guys...i have white balls on my scalp as well as dandruff. whenever i pick off these balls ...2-3 strands also come out along with it. it would be great if you tell me some solution involving oil & natural products.
i'm extremely worried about my hair....sometimes i even think that if this will continue..i will loose all my hair. help me please!
Lebron

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Aug 20, 2009
 
Anika,

All I can do is tell you my experience...

Follow what I've writte above. The tincture I bought is made up of raw organic apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and about 5 more herbs that I don't recall. I can check though. It's in a base of alcohol. The only problem with this tincture is that it dried out my hair after a while and I felt as though my sebacious glands might have been producing more sebum to make up for the dryness of my scalp. However, my hair fall reduced dramatically. No oil really worked for me and I assume it will be the same for most. I tried many of them and I only got a little bit of relief here and there. Since using the tincture I went back to regular shampooing and attempts to regrow the hair that I've lost. I've noticed more hairs falling than when I was using it, but fewer than beforehand. I still get a few of these balls, but I think that's because of the shampoos I'm using again. The unbearable itchiness and buildup of dandruff is pretty much gone though. But remember that I stay with a strict diet which I believe helps tremendously.
Karen

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Sep 10, 2009
 
Lebron wrote:
Anika,
All I can do is tell you my experience...
Follow what I've writte above. The tincture I bought is made up of raw organic apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and about 5 more herbs that I don't recall. I can check though. It's in a base of alcohol. The only problem with this tincture is that it dried out my hair after a while and I felt as though my sebacious glands might have been producing more sebum to make up for the dryness of my scalp. However, my hair fall reduced dramatically. No oil really worked for me and I assume it will be the same for most. I tried many of them and I only got a little bit of relief here and there. Since using the tincture I went back to regular shampooing and attempts to regrow the hair that I've lost. I've noticed more hairs falling than when I was using it, but fewer than beforehand. I still get a few of these balls, but I think that's because of the shampoos I'm using again. The unbearable itchiness and buildup of dandruff is pretty much gone though. But remember that I stay with a strict diet which I believe helps tremendously.
What is the strict diet that you stay on?
Lebron

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Sep 10, 2009
 
The two most important factors to the diet are to only eat fruit on an empty stomach and to not eat ANY processed foods at all.

A simple way of avoiding processed foods is to only "food" and not "products". This means fresh, raw fruits and vegetables from the produce section. Raw nuts, and seeds. Legumes and whole grains (this does not mean "whole wheat bread". It means things like brown rice, spelt, quinoa.) Sprouting legumes and grains is your best bet in order to keep them as live foods. When you heat food you kill off enzymes and other nutrients.

Try to reduce or even cut out your meat and dairy consumption for a few weeks. When you want to go back to it, choose things like fish and chicken and eat it sparingly.

The othe important part of this is to do the cold water treatments, avoid harsh shampoos and keep you hands off your head! You can't keep clogging up the pores on your head with the oil and dirt from your hands.
nolan

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Sep 15, 2009
 
hey I know I have the same thing as most of you and was just wondering if there was an actual name for this and mabey a good shampoo that I can get.

and for any one els stay away from head and shoulders, nutragina Tgel, they made the oil balls really bad for me.
Pete

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#16
Sep 17, 2009
 
Use the shampoo (pricey) NIZORAL -- it medicates and kills off the fungus causing Seborrhea which causes these grease balls from developing on your scalp. Also, stay away from crappy processed dead foods that are toxic to your inner and outer body.

N.B. Get your NIZORAL at a wholesale dealer -- at or anywhere on sale -- a 10 to 15 dollar bottle of NIZORAL does not last long.
Lebron

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Sep 17, 2009
 

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It's basically sebum plugs. Shampoos don't really help because generally speaking they strip sebum from your scalp signaling to your sebaceous glands to produce more and the problem continues or worsens (depending on how harsh the shampoo is)
Sana

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Oct 25, 2009
 
Hi guys, wow I feel a lot better after knowing that I am not the only one with this problem, I also have small white balls in my hair and I am having hair loss problem for many years and I have used so many medications shampoos and oils but nothing worked. Are u guys have hairloss as well because of this problem?
Lebron

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Oct 28, 2009
 
Yes. My hair sheds very easily. Having the situation under control helps with the hair loss as well although it does act up again if I stray from the diet.

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Jan 3, 2010
 
Hi Lebron,
When you did not wash your hair for a month did you find that the itch somewhat subsided? As opposed to when you were washing it everyday? Also, when you werent washing your hair everyday did the little balls increase in number on the scalp? Im currently trying to go for a few weeks without washing to slow down the sebum production and after the month I plan to only wash a few times a week.Í'm concerned now, however, because I`m seeing more of the white balls on my scalp and they seem to be attached to the ends of my shed hair, which I wasn`t seeing when I was washing frequently. I hope this will subside as soon as I start washing again. I`m also trying to use ratio-ectosome and apple cider vinegar for the itch, but neither completely take it away. Could you please tell me exactly which tincture you were using. My theory is if I can get rid of the itch, then I can stop the scalp irritation and hairloss. I`m also on finasteride.
Thanks

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