Most people focus on flakes when it comes to dandruff. However, itching happens to be the most uncomfortable side effect of this condition. What does it really mean to have an itchy scalp? Here are some of the most common signs & symptoms of having an itchy scalp and ways to get back your scalp health.
Symptoms of Itchy Scalp
Itchy, scaly scalp and flakes are the main symptoms of dandruff. Oily flakes which are white typically accumulate in hair and often fall on shoulders. These usually get worse during fall and winter season when the air is dry.
Causes of Itchy Scalp
Finding the exact cause of flaky and itchy scalp can be difficult. However, these are some of the most common reasons for this condition.
Oily and irritated skin; this is a more severe form of dandruff which is known as seborrheic dermatitis.
Lack of regular shampooing causes accumulation of dead skin cells and which create itching and flakes.
Malassezia is a yeast which aggravates scalp and causes excessive growth of skin cells.
Variety of personal care products can also make your scalp itchy and red and cause dermatitis.
Women are less prone to develop dandruff than men. People with certain illnesses like HIV or Parkinson’s disease tend to have oilier hair and are therefore at higher risk of developing an itchy scalp. Although dandruff can develop at any age, the first symptoms one can notice is around puberty.
Taking Care of Your Itchy Scalp
There are many over-the-counter shampoos which are specifically formulated in order to help with dandruff. Nevertheless, getting the right fit may require some trial and error. Alternating between two or more types of shampoo may also be helpful. But be careful as some types of shampoo can discolor hair, especially if you are blonde or gray. Well, ask your doctor for suggestion if you don’t really know what to choose.
Restore Moisture to Scalp - Dry scalp tends to itch and flake. But this type of flakes are less oily and smaller. Itchiness will reduce if you restore moisture to the scalp. Coconut oil is the best moisturizer which has antibacterial properties as well. It is a great natural choice that is excellent for fighting dryness.
Stop Scratching - Practice good hygiene. Help in clearing symptoms of dandruff by shampooing regularly. Try to resist the urge to scratch scalp. Scratching increases irritation and leads to a vicious cycle. Using too many conventional hair care products can irritate scalp and lead to increased itchiness. To eliminate the personal care products that might lead to scalp irritation, stop using them and then add them back slowly. This helps you discover which sprays, gels and other products are causing your symptoms.
Stress Can Aggravate - You need to relax because stress can worsen dandruff for some people. Though Malassezia is not caused by stress, it can thrive with a compromised immune system. Take a restorative walk or practice yoga to calm yourself. Do your best to avoid potential triggers in future. Itchy and stubborn dandruff can lead you to psoriasis, eczema or a fungal infection.
Ristrahs’ Natural Scalp Serum
Ristrahs’ Natural Scalp Serum is formulated with natural extracts and vitamin B5. It helps in relieving dry, itchy, flaky and irritated scalp. This Natural Scalp Serum also strengthens hair and is effective for maintaining a healthy scalp as well. Lupine extract which is an ingredient stimulates microcirculation of scalp while Elover extract helps in strengthening hair follicles. Other ingredients like Aloe and Hibiscus moisturize and soothe the scalp. Vitamin B5 in the Natural Scalp Serum helps in retaining moisture alongside preventing flakiness and helping in improving hair strength.