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Recently we changed the formula for our shampoo and made it much more eco-friendly. We changed some ingredients and removed others.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to write a post about each of the ingredients. For a list of the ingredients and (eventual) links to all of the blog posts, please click HERE.
Capsicum extract is is also known as chili pepper or cayenne pepper extract. It is made by combining peppers with vinegar or oil.
Capsicum extract is also an excellent means of providing additional vitamins A and C and also significant amounts of zinc, rutin, and potassium.
Capsicum extract is one of the best hair growth boosting products. Research has shown that regular intake of capsicum can increase hair growth rates by up to 50% as well as release histamines to accelerate new hair growth. It also prevents hair falling out and makes your hair thicker and fuller.
Capsicum also helps with Burning Scalp Syndrome (more on that below or you can click HERE to read about how Margo Alive products help with this Syndrome and HERE for a dermatologist’s recommendation for Burning Scalp Syndrome).
The tingling sensation that you feel when applying the product are electric signals being released by the papilla (hair root) which is located at the base of the hair follicle. The papilla has a dense network of blood capillaries that feed the hair strand with blood in order for the hair to grow properly.
When blood flow to this area decreases, hair growth also decreases. Capsicum helps by jump-starting the blood flow from the papilla to the hair follicle.
Burning Scalp Syndrome
Burning Scalp Syndrome is a poorly understood condition where the individual feels an itchy, tender, tingly, or hot sensation on all or part of their scalp. The disorder is usually chronic and individuals may experience symptoms that range from barely noticeable to completely unbearable. Burning Scalp Syndrome can have a number of causes both environmental and physical. The exact cause of Burning Scalp Syndrome has not been identified however the use of capsicum as a treatment has had wide success. Capsicum relieves the burning sensation through a counter irritation mechanism.
Margo Alive Hair Loss Treatment System contains natural capsicum and Bladder Wrack. Both have been used historically to help relieve the symptoms of Burning Scalp Syndrome. As a Burning Scalp System treatment or Burning Scalp shampoo, Margo Hair Alive works well to relieve the conditions associated with this scalp condition.
Dermatologist Recommends Margo Hair Alive Products to Relieve Burning Scalp Syndrome
The following excerpt is from the online health service Just Answer Health and talks about Burning Scalp Syndrome and various treatments for the condition. The question to Dr. Babu is about Burning Scalp Syndrome and the treatments available which includes Dr. Babu recommending the Margo Hair Alive Triple Action Hair Restoring System for relief of Burning Scalp Syndrome.
Here is the article and reply from Dr. Hanish Babu, MD, Dermatologist:
Also called Scalp Dysesthesia, Burning Scalp Syndrome is a treatment resistant skin condition like the notorious post herpetic neuralgia. Until recently this problem was not officially identified by dermatologists and had been put down to nervousness.
The exact cause of burning scalp syndrome is unknown. The following hypotheses are still unproven:
- When the hair follicles enter into the resting stage (telogen) of the hair cycle many people experience a burning sensation in the scalp. Telogen effluvium is associated with shedding of hair and miniaturization of hair follicles. These hair follicles are prone to inflammation and generalized inflammation causes burning sensation on the scalp. Telogen effluvium is seen after prolonged illnesses or stressful periods in life.
- Sensory nerve irritation caused by stasis of blood circulation in the scalp due to some cause.
- Stasis of lymphatic drainage of the scalp due to any cause leading to accumulation of toxic wastes and irritation of nerve endings.
- Anxiety or depressive illnesses.
- Onset of cicatricial alopecia, a scarring type of hair loss may be preceded and/or accompanied by burning scalp syndrome, due to compression of nerve endings by the fibrous scar tissue.
In your wife’s case, number 4 may be playing a combined role in sustaining the condition.
The following should help your wife:
Avoid hot or very cold water baths, abrasive shampoos, aggressive combing, and tight hair bands.
Capsaicin (Capsicum) cream application twice daily which relieves pain, itching, and burning sensation of the skin and scalp. A recommended starting dose is 0.025% capsaicin (Capsicum) cream applied four times a day. If this dose is ineffective, a 0.075% capsaicin (Capsicum) cream can be used. Try for at least 4 weeks to assess effectiveness.
Anti-itching applications like scalpicin liquid applied after bath may also help relieve the burning sensation. Moisturizing creams with 5% urea will also be helpful.
Mositurizing shampoos like dove or sebamed should keep the scalp from getting dry. Margo Alive shampoo which contains capsaicin may be particularly effective in burning scalp syndrome.
A few scalp exercises and soft massages may help some patients (aggressive massage may aggravate the burning sensation).
Treatment with antidepressants such as doxepin or amytryptaline has been found effective in many patients. The effectiveness will be evident only after 2- 4 weeks.
In resistant cases, biofeedback, relaxation and hypnotherapies may also be used as adjuncts to medical therapy.
For a direct reference to the article you can visit here.
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