When we think about skin care, most of us are focused primarily on our faces and then sometimes on our backs, shoulders and other visible areas. However, proper maintenance of your scalp is also an important part of skin care. Unfortunately, most of us don’t pay much attention to our scalps until we start to experience some itching. There are a few common causes of this itching and, luckily, most of them have fairly simple fixes.
Dandruff Causes Itchy Scalp
It is normal for there to be a certain amount of yeast on your scalp. However, when your body starts to react negatively to that yeast, you end up with dandruff. Dandruff is characterized most commonly by white flakes of skin coming from the scalp as well as an uncomfortable itch. In most cases, it can be treated with an over-the-counter shampoo. However, if that does not work, you may need to see your dermatologist for a prescription strength cleanser.
Psoriasis on The Scalp
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune condition that presents itself in the form of a red, scaly rash. When you have psoriasis on your hands, arms, or face, you will notice it right away. Unfortunately, you can also develop psoriasis on your scalp and, because of your hair, you may not notice it right away. Only when it starts to itch will you take a look and notice the rash. Products with salicylic acid are very effective in controlling psoriasis on the scalp, although you may also need to see your dermatologist for a stronger product.
Common Allergic Reactions
Many times, an itchy scalp occurs right after you have made a change to your hair care routine. Often, we forget that hair care affects our skin health and may not check the ingredients in our products as carefully as we should. If you have no other explanation for your itchy scalp, think about anything new you might be doing with your hair. Discontinue the use of any new products and see if that solves the problem. If so, you are likely having an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients in the product.
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