What causes dry itchy scalp and what to do? We have insight on this issue including a very very dry flaky one where treatment, home remedies, shampoos and much more.
How annoying is an itchy dry scalp? You don’t have to answer that. We have all been there, except a few freakishly lucky people who never have this problem or a hair out of place. This lot will never gain weight either even if they only ate lard.
We hate these people of course, but we will not spend all our energy hating them. We will spare some to learn what causes the scalp to be itchy and dry. And some of the quickest ways to get rid of it. Maybe these are the secret of those without this problem, maybe the following tips are your key to joining the “freakishly lucky”. So what causes the itchiness?
Itchy dry Scalp causes
This condition, without any other symptoms like say hair loss, or redness is not a reason for worry.
The symptoms are more or less for just a dry flaky and itchy scalp and maybe some redness. The itch though should be persistent, or difficult to resist. It is likely to be a purely cosmetic problem and does not mean you are in a bad way health wise. The itching and flaking are probably the worst of it.
Here are a few common things that can cause your scalp to be extremely dry and itchy.
1. Certain ingredients in cosmetic products.
That shampoo, mousse, gel, conditioner, butter, soap, lotion, wax for the case of dreadlocks, serum or whatever another name your hair products go by these days could be the cause for your dryness. Ok, let’s rephrase that; certain ingredients in it could be causing your scalp to get dry and consequently itchy.
The active ingredients could cause it to lose its natural moisture leaving you with dryness and itchiness. Once this moisture is lost, things could escalate very fast from there, you could get lesions from all the scratching and lessons could get infected and… you know what, let us not be alarmist. The point is your dry really itchy scalp could be caused by products you regularly use.
2. Changes in seasons/ Temperature
The moisture on your skin, scalp in this case falling under that blanket term is the result of a delicate balancing act. Slight changes in the internal or external environment upset this balance. If you are from a temperate climate, you may notice that it is more likely to be dry, itchy and flaky in the colder seasons. Still, to do with the external environment but not really weather, air pollution can cause your scalp to be extremely dry and also itchy. You could experience this if you visited a really polluted city
Seeing that it pops up in causes for most skin and beauty problems, be they on the head, nails or face, it would be safe to say smoking is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. But then again, we are not the boss of you, so as were. But before you take that long deep puff, hear this. Smoking could cause skin dryness and remember how the scalp is part of the skin? And how a dry scalp is almost always an itchy one and how the itch is maddening? Ok, great, now carry on.
4. Poor diet
Here is another lifestyle choice that could be interfering with the delicate moisture balance in your scalp leading to dryness. Eating a balanced diet and reducing your sugar and processed food is not just rhetoric it turns out. Do it for general skin health.
5. Certain medication
Some medications you may be taking may leave it drier than usual and itchy. If this is the cause for your scalp’s dryness though, the itchiness should go away once you finish with the medication.
As you get older and the skin gets drier, you could also experience scalp dryness and itchiness.
7. Hormonal factors
Again this goes back to that delicate balance, and it being upset because the internal environment has experienced a change. This change could be due to hormonal fluctuations.
You may be genetically predisposed to have dry skin, thus explaining the dry itch on your scalp.
Are you stressed? How about one more thing to stress about. That stress is causing you a dry scalp and that persistent itch. Yeah, hard to swallow, but it is science.
If psoriasis is causing this problem too, you will notice some white scabs on your scalp, especially towards the back. There may also be some redness and flaky skin.
11. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
This is a fungal infection that is often called dandruff. It can be very mild with hardly any itching and just a few flakes or severe with seriously itchy scalp and dryness. If the itching is severe, one could also develop sores on the scalp.
Treatments and remedies
Now that you have probably identified why you have this problem, you probably want to know how to get rid of it. There are several treatments available to cure a dry itching scalp. Here are a few you can try without bothering your dermatologist too much.
1. Medicated Shampoos
These could help get rid of dandruff which is giving you the dryness and itchiness. Be careful though while using them if you have a sensitive scalp and the itch was caused by a reaction to products in the first place. Some medicated shampoos can be pretty strong. Tar-based shampoos will help get rid of scalp dryness and itchiness. Eucerin.com site here recommends the best shampoo/products.
2. Stop Using Harsh Products
It may not sound like much of a treatment. But if the dry itchy patches on your scalp are caused by the products you are using, you will thank us for telling you to stop. Some natural hair forums caution against using hair products like shampoos that contain alcohol as they are more likely to cause this problem.
3. Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has to be the most popular home remedy for skin complaints. Testimonies seem to back up the belief that it is effective at relieving a scalp that is dry and itchy. Here is how to use it as an itchy dry scalp treatment.
Dilute some organic apple cider vinegar with water. One part vinegar and four parts vinegar will work for mild itching but you may need a stronger mix if your skin is too flaky and the itching extreme. Apply this on it and leave to soak in before rinsing off. You can also use full strength vinegar. Don’t mind the smell; it is not going to linger on your hair long after rinsing off.
The anti-inflammatory properties of vinegar will help treat the itchy scalp from the root.
4. Use a Natural Mask
Don’t leave your face to enjoy all the benefits of natural homemade masks while your scalp suffers. Here is a mask that you can make at home to treat that itchiness.
You just need one ripe banana, the juice of one onion and natures great healer honey. Make a paste of this mixture and slather on the scalp. This mix will immediately soothe an itchiness the minute you put it on. Don’t get lost in the relief and forget to wash it off. Thirty minutes is enough time for the antibiotic and natural moisturizing agents of honey to act on it. Rinse off thoroughly and enjoy your new non-dry non-itchy scalp.
5. Try a Hot Oil Treatment
In case you are not familiar hot oil treatments, let’s just say it is not as scary as it sounds. The oil is more or less really warm and it will soothe not scald your scalp. You require pure natural oil for the treatment and a little honey. Pure Olive oil is quite popular for hot oil treatments. Warm the oil, mix with some honey and massage your scalp for a few minutes. You can wear a plastic cap for a bit for the oil to penetrate it. Rinse off and shampoo as usual.
6. Use an Essential Oil Mix
Mixing natural oils like coconut, jojoba, and avocado with essential oils like tea tree or rosemary could be a great home remedy. When you treat the dryness, the itchiness is not likely to last much longer. The oils like tea tree also have some inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
7. Apply Aloe Vera
Pure Aloe Vera gel is a great fuss-free way to get rid of an itchy dry scalp. Let it sits for 30 minutes then shampoo off.
8. Try Lemon Juice
Apply the juice of a lemon on your scalp and rinse off after 15 minutes to naturally fix dry itch and reduce flaking.
9. Get Baking Soda Benefits
The white powder is a cheap and readily available remedy for scalp itch that will not go away. Mix a little with water and spread on affected areas then rinse off thoroughly when the paste dries.