The most common cause of a dry itchy scalp is seborrheic dermatitis, also called dandruff. Did you know that dandruff may or may not be accompanied by scaly skin and a red rash? It's true.
Normally your scalp should not itch!
Seborrheic dermatitis often gets worse in the fall and winter.
You can have it any time of year, but I see a lot more patients struggling with seborrhea when the weather turns cold. It's early fall as I write this post and I'm just starting to notice more patients with active scalp seborrhea. The holiday season really gets seborrhea going so now is the time to start working to prevent a big flair up.
Most people with active scalp seborrheic dermatitis think that they have ‘dry scalp’.
It's the most common complaint I hear from people who have seborrhea. They start changing shampoos or shampoo less often because they think they are over drying their scalp by washing their hair. This approach doesn’t work.
The flaking and itch from seborrhea is not due to dry scalp, it’s actually a rash.
This means that the more often you shampoo the better your dandruff is controlled.
Treatment for seborrhea of the scalp is aimed at delivering medicated ingredients to the involved scalp skin by using medicated shampoos.
The best treatment for the dry itchy scalp suffering from seborrhea is with the use of medicated shampoos.
These products leave a layer of medicine on the skin after you rinse off the lather. It’s important to know how to properly use medicated shampoos in order to get the best results. I teach you exactly how to pick the best dandruff shampoos and use them effectively in my next post. I'll give you the detailed instructions that I give my patients who suffer with scalp seborrheic dermatitis.
My Original Seborrheic Dermatitis Blog Post Series:
Remedies for Dry Itchy Scalp of Seborrheic Dermatitis (this post)
You can find more of my treatment and skin care recommendations in my Advice Pages for Understanding and Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis. I share my favorite tips for dandruff of the scalp, face, ears and more.