In a recent study, some helmet wearer reported occasional itchiness that becomes so severe that it temporary distracts them whilst riding. Not a good idea! So how can helmet wearers ditch the itch? What’s available and do ‘membranes’ or bandanas help? Let’s start from scratch (no pun intended!)
Helmet linings contain a gradual build-up of bacteria – no matter how hard you try to remove it. You would never wear a shirt or blouse over and over again without washing it. Helmet wearers subject themselves to very high concentrations of bacteria by placing the lining of their helmets in direct contact with their hair and scalp.
This is the cause of itchiness and irritation, as the bacteria infiltrates microscopic lesions in the surface of the scalp; a helmet wearer scratches with their finger nails or another utensil. The micro-lesions become worse and so too does the problem; usually whilst the … Read More