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Scalp Itch

Scalp itch and irritation is a cause for concern for a lot of people.  And there are quite a few things that can cause it.  There are external causes such as sunburn and dry weather.  And there are common skin conditions that may be the cause.  Some of those conditions are seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dandruff, scalp acne, and psoriasis.    

Many times an itchy scalp is contributed to dandruff.  Most dandruff is pretty mild with  white flakes and an itchy scalp.  This can be annoying and hard to get rid of without the correct products.  Sometimes however, dandruff can be more serious.  Excess flakes may stick together and form oily mounds on the scalp.        

Contact Dermatitis is a allergic or irritant reaction on the scalp.  This is very common and is usually caused by chemical products used on the hair.  Some of the culprit products are shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, and straighteners.  Many of these products contain alcohol or other strong chemicals that are harsh on the scalp.    

Seborrheic Dermatitis may also lead to a dry itchy scalp. It is different from dandruff in that the scalp becomes too oily and it will have a yellow-red, greasy and itchy rash.   It is usually worse than simple dandruff causing sever itch.  

Many people suffer from acne on the scalp similar to facial acne.  Just as pores become clogged the hair follicle may become clogged from excess oil forming bumps on the scalp.  These can range from mild to more severe larger bumps or even boils.  

Psoriasis is another possibility.  Psoriasis is characterized by areas that are silvery with scaling and flaking.  It will usually appear on other areas of the body as well such as the knees and elbows.  Psoriasis can be very serious and may even affect a the joints.      

Many products try to treat scalp issues with harsh chemicals that tend to over dry the scalp and exasperate the problem.  The scalp must have oil to be healthy, but problems occur when there is too much oil or too little oil present.  Natural products, like zinc have been shown regulate the amount of oil on the scalp.  When the scalp is balanced flaking and bacteria are reduced creating a healthy scalp and beautiful hair.