Dry, itchy scalp driving you round the bend?
Having very dry or sensitive skin is hard enough wherever it appears on your body but when it’s your head that’s affected, it can be much harder to deal with, both practically and psychologically. Huge numbers of people have extra sensitive skin on the head and while for some it can be a mild or temporary inconvenience, for others it’s a persistent and sometimes embarrassing problem that can seem very hard to cope with. Medicated shampoos are often suggested for use on extremely dry or flaky scalps and while these are widely available on the high street, might they be causing more problems than they solve?
Medicated shampoos usually work by loosening the dry skin on the scalp, making it easier to remove and wash away the flaky skin. Whilst this can help in the short term, a flaky scalp is likely to reappear as shampoos only treat the immediate symptoms and don’t address the root cause. Looking after yourself with a daily skincare regime specifically designed for your scalp is also important. It is worth bearing in mind that medicated products often contain harsh chemicals that can actually cause dryness, irritation or even eczema flare-ups, so they could be adding to the problem rather than soothing it. If you do use a medicated shampoo it’s important to find ways of caring for your scalp while you’re treating the problem and a good first step is to understand what healthy scalps need to keep balanced and clean.
What are the Causes?
The root cause of a dry, itchy, flaky scalp might be one of several culprits. These include chronic conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema, all of which can be aggravated by the use of harsh artificial additives. Itchiness can also be caused or aggravated by fungal infections or parasites such as nits. Be cautious of using highly synthetic hair products such as shampoo and conditioner, styling mousse, hairspray, serums etc. and of course, as with all dry skin troubles, remember that stress can play a part too. Try switching to as many natural products as possible to see if that helps reduce the itching and dry skin on the scalp.
It can also really help to identify what is causing your symptoms so that you can choose the most suitable itchy scalp treatment for you. More information on can be found on the NHS website
Purepotions - Ideal for Sensitive Skin
Finding a gentle product that actually works to keep scalps moisturised and healthy can be very difficult for those with particularly sensitive skin or with pre-existing conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. That is why we at Purepotions have specially formulated a 100% natural Scalp Oil that is ideal to keep the skin on your head well cared for, without aggravating sensitivities with unnecessary additives, fragrances or perfumes.
Balmonds Scalp Oil contains Borage Oil which is one of the richest sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) of any plan; GLA is highly effective in nourishing skin and acts to keep the scalp balanced and healthy as part of a daily skincare regime. Also contains Tea Tree and Rosemary Essential Oils, known for their antimicrobial, antiparasitical and antiseptic properties, which work to keep the scalp area clean and fresh.
“Being a life long sufferer of a dry scalp, I’ve tried everything from steroid creams to traditional Chinese medicine in my search for an effective scalp lotion. Having recently discovered Purepotions and their amazing range of products, I am glad (and relieved) to say that my search is now over! The Scalp Oil, which I apply every time I wash my hair, has all but cleared up my flaky scalp” Nik Katsourides