Why do so many people suffer from dry flaking scalp? There are lots of contributing factors. Some of the most common are cold winter weather, diet changes, dehydration, styling tools, and use of chemical ingredients in many shampoos and conditioners. Some of the conditions that may result in flaking are dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis.
Dandruff occurs when the natural skin renewal process of the scalp is not working correctly. Instead of being sloughed off once they are dead, skin cells are sloughed off before they die on a scalp with dandruff. It is usually relatively mild with small amounts of flaking and itch, but dandruff can be more severe. Flakes can stick together causing large mounds of flakes to form on the scalp. This is an uncomfortable as well as embarrassing condition for many people.
Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by scaly scalp with yellowish or white flakes. It tends to be greasy and may have swollen red areas as well. Seborrheic dermatitis may spread to the face and ears as well. Many people find it hard to resist the urge to scratch with this condition. Scratching causes irritation and sometimes infection.
The underlying factor in most flaky scalp conditions is actually an imbalance in the scalp. It is important to have the correct amount of oil on the scalp. Too much or too little oil will lead to problems including flaking. The majority of hair products contain chemicals that dry out the scalp and cause problems. There are natural ingredients like zinc, jojoba oil, and emu oil that work to balance the scalp. Zinc is a natural cleaner, and it works to regulate the sebum gland, which produces oil on the scalp. Jojoba oil and emu oil are moisturizers for the hair and scalp.