The scalp is the main part of your body, any infection or irritation on it can disturb both of your professional and personal life. Sometime people may start to feel embarrassment in front of other people. As a doctor I’ve treated a lot of patients with different scalp conditions, scalp picking is one of them. You need to know everything about scalp picking issue that will help you to deal with such conditions.
According to my personal experience and research, I’m going to tell you everything about scalp picking that will give you all the required information about it.
What is Scalp Picking?
When you are running your hands over your head or in your hairs, you may stop to pick at the random scalp bumps that will appear on your scalp’s surface. It is known as a maladaptive behavior in the people that gives temporary relief to them. Some people start to pick their scalp to get the relief from itching of scalp eczema, or some people may start to pick the scalp to distract their selves from anxiety, obsessive and compulsive thoughts as well.
This act starts as a temporary activity, but with the passage of time, it becomes compulsory for them to get the relief. This permanent habit can become a cause of major problems for you such as dealing with skin damage, infection, pain, hair loss, isolation or scalp fungus, etc.
Most of the people who are going through this type of issue start to feel guilt and shame about their habit. They often start to irritate their self. This condition can badly impact the quality of their life.
In our society most of the people who are dealing with such kind of scalp issue may impair their psychological, occupational or social well-being, most of the people get to agree with them that they should get help and proper support. On the other hand, most of my patients report psychological, social and occupational issues as a result of this uncontrollable habit of scalp picking and pulling. Even people give a negative response to them such as why can’t you control yourself? Instead of supporting and understanding their issue because they feel that they have an ability to hide this issue in front of other people but it is not true.
They try their level best to control their self and cover their bald spots on the scalp or the scares to keep the scalp picking issue secret. It is very difficult for them to handle this situation without any proper treatment. So do not take it easy, if you are suffering from such kind of pain, then you should concern with a doctor instead of just waiting. They will diagnose the issue and then give you suggestions to get rid of this habit, and you may come back to your normal life. Which is important for you to keep your mind relax.
Causes of the Scalp Picking:
Scalp picking is also known as dermatillomania which is a maladaptive behavior found in people. The reason for calling it maladaptive behavior is that it will make employ a coping strategy that will help a person to deal with his or her issues. This maladaptive behavior can create negative impacts on the long-term well-being as well as on the health of a person.
The percentage of females is more than the males who are suffering from these compulsive disorders. Moreover, the people who are suffering from any scalp skin condition such as scalp eczema, as well as acne on the scalp, may start to feel the development of scalp or skin picking disorder.
There can different causes of the scalp picking issue that we are going to tell you. It will help you to deal with this problem in an efficient way that will prevent you from embarrassment. There are two types of scalp picking causes that are:
- Physical Causes.
- Psychological Causes.
Physical causes may include the following factors that change in the result of scalp picking issue. These causes are:
- Irritating or itching skin disorder such as scalp Eczema.
- The condition of Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff).
The Psychological causes that change in the result of scalp pickings are:
- Feeling stress & anxiety.
- A habit of boredom.
- Low level of self-esteem, self-image as well as self-efficiency.
- Personality Disorder.
- Ruminating thought or feelings.
- The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that caused by the abuse or violence on an individual.
- The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Imbalances of Hormones in your body.
These are some severe causes due to which the people can face an issue of scalp picking. It can also become a cause by their interaction with such people who are facing severe scalp eczema or acne on their scalp as a teenager you may develop an image of the poor body and a low level of self-esteem. It can trigger a myriad of the imbalances of the hormones or stress responses as well. Which lead the youngster to choose an option of scalp picking to get the relief.
The scalp picking habit can turn into the permanent habit so you should stop it on time instead of waiting to recover without any treatment. Concerning with a doctor will help you to diagnose the issue and tell you that how can you deal with it efficiently. So take it seriously to get rid of it and to stop spreading it.
Why People Pick The Scalp?
Sufferers of the excoriation disorder can pick the different parts of their body to get the relief these parts may include their feet, face, scalp, and hands as well. Most of the sufferers will focus on the scalp and the start of picking their scalp. According to the research of some excoriation disorder. An individual who is suffering from this scalp condition is doing this because it is an area of their body disguised by their hairs. The people who are suffering from this condition can easily hide the damage in result of scalp picking. That will become a cause of any severe issue such as scalp ringworm, infection or fungus, etc.
Symptoms of Scalp Picking:
There can be different symptoms of scalp picking that will help you to diagnose the issue and to discuss it with your doctor.
These symptoms may include:
- An increment in the sense of feeling tension before pulling your scalp or when you will try to pull it.
- Preferences for some specific hair types such as patterns of the hair pulling as well as the rituals. That will accompany the hair pulling.
- Continuously pulling your scalp or your hairs because of feeling irritation.
- A sense that will give you a feel of relief after pulling your scalp or hairs.
- Eating, biting or chewing your hairs because of irritation.
- Try to stop pulling out your hairs and making it a habit. Or try to do it less without getting any success.
- Playing with your hairs by pulling them or rubbing them across your face or lips.
- Feeling that you are suffering from significant issues or problems in your professional or personal life.
- Sometimes people start to chew their lips or nails and start to pull out their skin from the scalp or other areas of your body that may be harmful to you.
- You may start to lose your hairs.
These are the symptoms that may be an indicator for you that you are suffering from scalp picking problem. It can also change your healthy scalp into dry scalp. People who pick their scalp to get the relief can easily hide their scalp so nobody can see that their scalp is damaged badly. But we should recommend to you that you should not take it easy or try to hide it. Must concern with a medical specialist who can help you’re to deal with it.
The People can pick their scalp automatically or by focusing on it.
Focused Scalp Picking:
Some people start to pick their scalp intentionally to get the relief from any tension or personal issues. Some people may start to pull their hairs along with picking their scalp. Because they think that it is a better way to get relief from stress which is not true.
Automatic Scalp Picking:
In this type of scalp picking the intention of an individual is not involved. They will perform this action automatically while watching TV or reading books etc.
Some treatments will help you to get rid of scalp picking issue.
These therapies will help you to get rid of this issue they are:
The Cognitive Therapy:
This therapy will help you to diagnose, examine & identify the disorder. And why you are suffering from the issue of scalp picking
The Habit Reversal Training:
This therapy is considering a primary treatment to get the relief from trichotillomania. In this, the medical specialist will try to recognize the situation due to which you start to pull your hairs or pick your scalp. After that, they will start to treat you and help you to stop this irritating act
Commitment & Acceptance Therapy:
This therapy is helpful for you to accept your habit of picking hairs without acting on it
These therapies will help you to deal with different mental disorders due to which you may start to pick your scalp. This disorder may become a cause of depression and stress so you should avoid form such kind of issue. Sometime people may get an itchy scalp as the result of different disorders
Medication is the main factor to control this habit because it is approved by the administration of food and drugs that it will take special care about your health. These medications can also be used for the scalp picking and provide you a healthy scalp.
It will help you to control the symptoms of scalp picking and give you relief from different disorders that become a cause of scalp picking. Do not take any medication without the advice of your doctor. First of all concern with an experienced doctor he or she will examine the situation and the give you medication to get relief from your problem.
Some home remedies will help you to get relief from picking your scalp these remedies are:
Banana & Avocado:
Banana and avocado are two natural ingredients that will help you to get relief from the itchy scalp that may change into scalp picking habit. It is the best scalp mask for you. Just make a paste of both ingredients and then apply it on your scalp directly. Leave it for few minutes and after that rinse your hairs with water. You will see the result in a few weeks.
Massage Your Scalp:
Massage is one of the best ways to get relief from depression and tension. Which is one of the major causes of scalp picking. So you should massage your hairs until you do not get relief from picking your scalp. You can also use oil to massage for your scalp.
The dry and itchy scalp may lead you to pick your scalp. So how to keep your scalp moisturized is one of the most important questions. You can apply tea tree oil directly on your scalp to get the relief from your problem of dry scalp. You can get the best scalp moisturizer at your home.