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Is It Bad To Pick Scabs On The Scalp?

Is it bad to pick at scabs on scalp

The itch might be unbearable - but should you resist?!

Well, yes you should, for the sake of your skin.

An itchy scalp can be caused by many things (see our article Why Have I Got Scabs On My Scalp?!) but none of them are solved by scratching at it. In fact, picking at scabs on your scalp is only likely to make things worse.

Why? Because the picking and scratching is doing several unhelpful things:

  • Weakening the hair shafts, leading to broken or fragile hair
  • Damaging the scalp while it is trying to heal, leading to healing taking longer and the damage getting worse
  • Increasing the possibility of infection

So the best thing to do is to leave scabs alone as much as you’re able!

  • Treat the scabs: apply nourishing, hydrating antimicrobial oil such as Balmonds Scalp Oil.
  • Avoid the itchy irritants: switch to hypoallergenic, unscented, SLS-free toiletries.
  • Use distraction techniques: popping bubble wrap, knitting, meditation, etc.

If you find it impossible to stop picking at scabs, or they’re not improving despite your trying to manage your symptoms at home, then please consult a doctor.

Check our blog on Stress and Your Skin for some ways to improve the situation, and in the meantime, reduce the risk of aggravating a sensitive, stressed-out scalp with some of our natural, unscented, deeply nourishing products.

Recommended products:

Balmonds Scalp Oil
with tea tree, nettle, borage & rosemary

Important Note

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.

Posted on: Mar 03, 2020

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