Can stress cause a scabby scalp?! Quick answer - yes it can!
It might seem a peculiar connection, but there’s a very clear link between stress and skin problems, and an itchy, scabby scalp is definitely one of those!
So what’s going on?
When your body is under stress - whether immediate danger or psychological pressure - it releases various substances to help it cope. Short term, these substances don’t necessarily do harm - they’re designed to help, after all - but if they’re released over an extended period of time, they can have an affect on your wellbeing and cause problems for your skin.
For more detailed information about what’s going on, check out our blog Can Stress Cause Itchy Rashes?
The main thing to know is that stress, anxiety, as well as insufficient sleep, can all have a direct affect on your skin’s ability to cope. In order to build up a robust skin barrier function, repair itself from any damage, and resist irritants, your skin needs your body to reduce stress hormones and its inflammatory response.
Check out the coping strategies in our blog on Stress and Your Skin for some ways to improve the situation, and in the meantime, reduce the risk of aggrava
Three simple strategies for healthier scalps:
Every other day: wash hair with a SLS-free, unfragranced, non-irritating natural shampoo, like this one from Balmonds, which is simply a very pure and gentle wash without any aggravating nasties!
Every week: Treat your scalp with an overnight purifying, conditioning treatment, like this award-winning, antimicrobial Scalp oil from Balmonds!
All the time: boost your body’s resilience with a good diet and de-stressing strategies. See our info hub for lifestyle changes you can make to keep your skin in healthy condition.
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.