Having dry and itchy scalp can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and it does not always mean that it’s dandruff. Itchy scalp can be caused by anything – from poor diet to an underlying medical condition. Before you stop the itch, you should first be able to identify what causes it,
Here are the most common causes of dry and itchy scalp:
1. Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis: This is probably the most common reason for an itchy scalp. Dandruff is common in individuals from adolescence to around age 50 and is characterized by fine white or gray scales found in the scalp. Seborrhaic dermatitis, on the other hand, is characterized by red patches with large yellowish greying scales.
2. Fungal diseases: Sometimes, yeast attacks your scalp. As a result, your body releases a natural inflammatory response characterized by itching and redness. One of the most common fungal infections in the scalp is called malassezia, a lipid-dependent yeast. Another fungal infection that may affect the scalp is called ringwom or Tinea capitis, which extends deep into the hair follicle and causes round patches of hair loss.
3. Psoriasis. Although it’s the most common inflammatory cause of scalp itching, psoriasis is the most difficult to treat. Psoriasis is an autoimmune characterized by thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin.
4. Parasites: These are often seen in the scalp area behind the ears and in the lower areas of the scalp. Lice transfer easily from person to person through shared clothing, hair products, and pillows.
5. Allergies: Allergy to hair dyes and other hair products can also cause itchy scalp. This is why it’s very important that you know what ingredients you’re allergic too.
6. Dry scalp: It should be noted that dry scalp is very much different from dandruff. Dry scalp is due to loss of moisture from the skin and is most likely be caused by too much soap, detergents. Contributing factors include cold weather, product buildup and poor diet.
Here are the most popular home remedies for itchy scalp:
1. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has amazing anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can add it to your shampoo or you can use it as a mask to massage your scalp. Do this regularly for a week and see results.
2. Lemon juice: Lemon juice also has antiseptic properties, thanks to its citric acid content. When dealing with dandruff, lemon juice is highly effective.
3. Aloe vera: Aloe does not only have moisturizing properties that relieve dryness and itching, it also cools and relaxes your scalp.
4. Coconut oil: It is not only antibacterial and antifungal, it also creates a barrier that keeps your scalp healthy and moisturized. Simply add it to your mild shampoo, or you can condition your hair with it.
You can make use of these remedies, or you can also switch to an all-organic hair regimen. DermaChange Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner is packed with food-grade organic and natural ingredients that effectively fight against dry and itchy scalp, as well as dandruff.