Dry Itchy Scalp, Dandruff, Psoriasis, and Seborrhea – Tips & Treatments
Having dry itchy scalp is not only an irritation, it can also be down right embarrassing. Those little flakes that fall off every time you move your hair around can leave evidence behind that you’ve got a problem. Wearing lighter colored shirts and tops can help disguise the condition but does nothing to solve the underlying cause.
One of the best ways to avoid scalp problems altogether is to simply take better care of your scalp. In this fast paced world, its not always possible though. Consider though, that your scalp works hard for you each and everyday without fail. Perhaps a little TLC is fully deserved!
Your scalp contains oils that keep your hair shiny. It also contains hair follicles that keep your hair growing long and strong. However, it’s also the perfect breeding grounds for lots of yucky stuff. If you neglect scalp care, problems are bound to ensue.
Scratching away at your skin only makes a dry itchy scalp worse in the long run. To remedy the problem, there are some things you might want to consider trying. The caveat of course is that not all scalps are created equal. You may have to try a couple of different remedies before you find the right solution for you.
Dry Itchy Scalp, Dandruff, Psoriasis, and Seborrhea – Tips and Treatments
The best way to eliminate a dry itchy scalp is to take more of this vitamin gem. I found out how well it works recently when I noticed dry flaking skin around my hairline. I boosted my dosage (twice optimal amounts) and got rid of my flaking skin completely in a very short time. It's like a miracle vitamin for dry conditions!
*Tip – There is a caveat. If you stop taking it for any reason, your scalp problems will come back.
Using shampoos that contain alcohol can also dry out your scalp and make it itch like mad. Check the ingredients for the products you're already using at home. If your shampoos contain it, switch to products that don’t.
Some chemical treatments such as hair color and perms, can actually clear up a dry itchy scalp and/or seborrhea in some instances. That's not to say you should run out and get a perm when you notice flaking skin though. Best to try other methods unless you already color your hair or get regular perms.
Never undergo chemical hair treatments if you have cuts or open wounds on your scalp. You'll need to wait until your scalp is completely healed or you could aggravate the tissue which may cause an infection.
Massaging your scalp regularly with clean fingertips only (without products or oils) can help retain scalp integrity. Your scalp needs to be clean and free of dirt and debris to function optimally. Neglecting scalp care can lead to limp, dull hair strands and in some instances, even hair loss.
Fluctuating temperatures outdoors can cause a dry flaking scalp. Massaging your scalp with oil (try coconut oil for instance) is a great place to start. Do this twice monthly as a general rule but in cases of overly dry scalp, you may need to increase the frequency. Remember though, the object is not to plug up hair follicles but rather lubricate the skin surrounding them.
If you like the idea of using oils at home to clear up a dry itchy scalp, use this home treatment for dry itchy scalp.
Dry Scalp (Dandruff) Home Treatment
Microwave 1/4 cup of oil for 20 seconds (or longer if needed). Test the temperature of the oil to ensure it’s not too hot to apply to your skin! Dab a cotton ball into the oil and press the oil into your scalp, one dab at a time. When your scalp is completely covered in oil, massage the oil into your scalp with your fingertips. How long you massage your scalp is clearly up to you but do it long enough for your scalp to reap the full benefits. When you're arms are pooped out, wrap your hair in a warm towel for 20 minutes, then shampoo, condition, and rinse thoroughly.
Hot oil that you buy at the store won't break the bank either but for convenience sake, just use the oils you already have on hand. Massaging your scalp with oils regularly not only reduces flakes, it also increases circulation, diminishes headaches, increases seratonin levels, and relaxes your entire body. You can also buy scalp massagers, which do a great job at just relaxing your mind!
In many countries around the globe, salt water baths are the only option to bathe and rinse hair but excess salt can be terribly drying to hair and scalp. Regular oil massages for your hair and scalp can help but in order for the oil to work properly, it also needs to be thoroughly rinsed with clear, clean water.
If you live in an area that doesn’t have clean water to rinse with, you’ll need to remove the salt out of your water so you can at least do a final rinse with distilled water to eliminate a dry itchy scalp.
Here are the directions for removing salt from water:
How to Turn Salt Water Into Distilled Water
Dry scalp can also be a reaction to changing hormones. If you’ve never had a dry scalp problem before, you may want to talk to your doctor about checking your hormone levels and then correcting them if there's a deficiency.
If the flakes you’re noticing are yellow and not white, you likely have seborrhea which is actually caused by an overproduction of oils. When oils mix with bacteria, thick, sticky flakes are formed. If your diet includes too many salty, fatty, or sweet treats, it can raise the pH of your scalp, which only makes it a bacteria-friendly environment. In that case, you’ll need to treat your scalp for excess oils instead of for dryness.
Oily Scalp (Seborrhea) Treatment
Three times a week, massage your scalp with a salicylic-acid treatment (like Scalpicin Scalp Relief), which helps exfoliate flakes and control oils. You can optionally use any skin toner for your scalp. Then once a week, do a 'scalp facial'.
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a clear (clarifying) shampoo, lather, then rinse. Next, combine a cup of warm water and add *1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and pour it over your entire scalp. This clarifying rinse reduces scalp pH and flaking. This treatment gives your scalp a clean fresh palette that’s less susceptible to bacteria.
*Tip - If the above solution is not enough to cut the oils, try using equal amounts of apple cider vinegar to water. If you don’t notice improvements, you most likely have a yeast infection on your scalp and have seborrhea, so you’ll need to try the next tip to correct the problem.
*Tip - Enough vitamin D can CURE seborrhea in a very short time but you'll need to increase the dosage for a couple of days in order for it to work.
Since your scalp is a great place for bacteria, yeast, and fungi to flourish, you may need to try using a product that contains active ingredients that help quell those conditions. Nizoral AD shampoo contains 1% Ketoconazole, which can help control flaking, scaling, and itching, which are most often associated with dandruff. The shampoo lathers up nicely and has conditioners built in that make your hair feel silky. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best results.
*Tip - Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal medication in the same family of drugs as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), and miconazole (Micatin, Monistat). Some women have even used Monistat cream directly to the scalp to help eliminate yeast.
Red Scaly Scalp (Psoriasis)
If you have a dry itchy scalp but it also looks red, you most likely have psoriasis. It presents itself with patches of red skin that produce silvery colored flakes. Try an antifungal shampoo containing piroctone olamine three times a week to relieve itching and scaling. If that doesn't work well, try a coal tar shampoo to soften rough, scaly patches.
Products to try
- Piroctone Olamine Shampoo: Nivea Complete Control
- Coal Tar Shampoo: Neutrogena T Gel Shampoo
An more effective treatment for psoriasis is simply iodine tincture, externally applied directly to the scaling skin. OR just supplement with vitamin D but you must take it faithfully everyday for it to be effective in the long term.
A dry itchy scalp doesn't have to be a Nightmare on Elm Street. The better care you take of your scalp, the better it can take care of your hair. I mean, your scalp is kinda like your hair's house so keep it clean and well dusted to keep problems at bay!
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