There are three main reasons for hats and helmets causing irritation to the delicate skin of the scalp, but only one of these is made worse by the hot weather.
In short the causes are i) sweat or bacteria build up in the helmet lining, ii) static build up whilst in motion on your 'machine' and iii) allergic reaction to the lining of your helmet (which can actually happen at any time - even after months of use/wearing).
Our research show that by far the reason riders complain of scalp irritation during the hot weather is because sweat and bacterial build up is exacerbated. This post tells you how to successfully avoid and effectively stop your helmet causing itch and/or irritation.
Ahead Solutions have trichologically and scientifically studied inner helmet conditions and how helmets affect your scalp - whilst you are wearing it and after wearing it. We've also surveyed thousands of helmet wearers in America and captured their feedback on many different remedies for severe chronic scalp itch.
Head Scratching Reasons Why Scalp Itch Worse In Heat
When you scratch your scalp with your fingernails or other sharp instrument, microscopic lesions are created in the scalp's surface. Next time you wear your helmet, bacteria move into the lesions to feed and breed - this will certainly make your itch condition much worse and may lead to mild to moderate (occasionally severe) bacterial or fungal infection.
How to Avoid or Stop Scalp Itchiness From Safety Helmets
1) The first rule: ALWAYS have a clean scalp when wearing helmets, hats or headgear - we recommend M-GEN Shampoo specifically for helmet wearers.
2) Use an anti-pruritic (anti-itch) scalp spray such as Menthogen or Airhead Cool Spray to impart their itch removing qualities, gently yet effectively to your scalp whilst wearing a helmet. This will prevent and/or stop itch fast.
Is Scalp Itch Caused By Static or Reaction to Helmet Lining?
If this stops the itch then the problem may have been static build up. Now we know that is not a practical solution to the problem - you'd need to stop every 20 minutes or so and repeat the wetting/saturation process again. But at least it will identify what is causing the itch.
Reaction to helmet lining is rare - it's the least likely reason for helmet related itchiness - but it's not impossible. In all cases of irritation we would first recommend the section above on how to avoid or stop scalp itchiness when wearing a helmet.
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