Hair roots contain sebum. Sebum contains fatty acids and tryglycerides, and plays a role in some crucial body functions, such as hydration, inflammation, antioxidants, antimicrobial lipids, and pheromones. Sebum levels increase during puberty and excessive levels of sebum are often associated with skin problems, making it relevant to skin picking and hair pulling.
- Relevant Testing
- OvulationOur research at Trichotillomania Support UK reveals that many women experience worsening symptoms of trichotillomania during ovulation, which is also often delayed. it is very likely that a sebum/malassezia imbalance is the cause, as ovulation affects EFA conversion to prostaglandins. To balance prostaglandin-to-estrogen ratio, a wild yam cream (progesterone cream) could be used on the skin prior to ovulation. Keep thorough records of your menstrual cycle and your pulling or picking. Apply the cream one or two days before ovulation, around the time when your estrogen levels should begin to decline and progesterone levels increase.
Evening Primrose oil supplementation may help, because it is rich in GLA, which would be low in the case of delta 6 desaturase deficiency. Consider eating tahini or whole sesame seeds, as these may help prevent over-action of delta 5 desaturase.
- Try a liquid probiotic scalp treatment, such as a goats milk kefir scalp rinse
- GOATS MILK SOAP/SHAMPOO