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Itchy Scalp Questions

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Flacky scalpMost people have heard of dandruff.  It is the most common scalp condition.  Typicaly dandruff is a mild and consists of small white flakes and itching.  Sometimes however, dandruff can be more severe.  Flakes can get stuck together in white mounds on the scalp.  Even in its mildest form, dandruff tends to be itchy and often embarrassing for people.

Contact dermatitis is due to an environmental irritation or some type allergic reaction.  One of the main things that make contact dermatitis appear is chemicals in various products for the hair.  Chemicals can be found in many hair products including shampoos, conditioners, perms and other styling products.  It is unfortunate that the majority of hair products that you buy locally have multiple chemical ingredients.  These chemicals will dry out head and hair and cause itching.  Contact dermatitis can also be caused by other environmental irritants and some food. 

Another skin condition, psoriasis, can also affect the scalp and cause itch. When present on the scalp, psoriasis tends to also be on other parts of the body.  Knees, creases in skin, and elbows are some of the other common areas where it can also be found.   Psoriasis also attacks the joints in some people.  On the scalp it is characterized by dry scaly patches that often appear powdery and white.  Sometimes the entire scalp can be covered with these scaly patches.    

In order to maintain a health scalp, it is important to create a balance of oil and Ph.  A balanced scalp is one that it is not too dry or too oily.  Many of the hair products that we use, even those that are designed to help with scalp problems, actually contain chemicals that dry and irritate the scalp area.   By using the right natural ingredients the balance of the scalp can be restored and scalp problems can be remedied.  Zinc pca is an all around scalp ingredient that can be used to regulate sebum production. Emu oil and jojoba oil mimic the sebum naturally produced on the scalp.  Thyme and rosemary are used to detoxify.  A scalp shampoo with the right natural ingredients can create a good balance and restore the scalp.  It may also relieve many scalp symptoms such as an itchy scalp.