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Scalp itchy is an all too common problem. It can be caused by a number of scalp conditions. Treating itchy scalp involves getting rid of the root cause and creating a proper oil balance on the scalp. So first of all it is important to find out what is calling the itchy scalp. The following is a list of the most common causes and some of their symptoms.
Dandruff- Flaking and itching from this bothersome condition is often the diagnosis.
Dry Scalp- The simple lack of oil may be causing the scalp to itch.
Contact Dermatitis- The chemicals ingredients in the many hair product we use can cause an irritation on the scalp and lead to contact dermatitis.
Seborrheic Dermatitis- This is an itchy condition with yellowish greasy scales on the scalp. They may spread to the ears and nose as well.
Scalp Psoriasis- Psoriasis is usually white or silvery in color. The scales can be thick and may occur in various spots on the scalp. If psoriasis is on the scalp it will often be found on other parts of the body as well.
Scalp Acne- Acne on the scalp is similar to that on the face, but it is more difficult to treat because of the hair. Some cases are mild while others can be quite severe.
Head Lice- While this is more common in children, it is possible for anyone to suffer from head lice. To tell if lice are present look for nits, tiny eggs, attached to the hair follicle about one inch from the scalp.
Itchy Scalp Black Hair
African American’s often experience itchy scalp. Several conditions may caused itchy scalp in black hair. Some of these conditions are contact dermatitis, dandruff, and scalp acne. Itchy scalp can be a real problem with dry, black hair.
Dandruff is one of the most common itchy scalp conditions for any type of hair. It consists of flaking and itch. Most cases are mild, but sometimes it is more severe with mound of flakes. Dandruff can be a chronic condition and is itchy and embarrassing.
Contact dermatitis is another common cause of itch scalp in black hair. It is a result of an allergic or irritant reaction. Often the culprit is chemicals in the many hair products we use. Perms and straighteners contain many chemicals. And even regular shampoos and conditioner may be loaded with chemical ingredients. Heated styling tools also sometimes cause irritation. Wearing hair tightly braided or woven with extensions may cause irritation and damage as well.
Scalp acne is a relatively common occurance in black hair. Similar to facial acne, but scalp acne must be treated differently. This type of acne may be minor with a few bumps or more severe with large bumps or cysts. Scratching will cause irritation and may cause scaring or keloids, or raised scars.
The scalp needs to have oil to be healthy. The sebum gland produces oil on the scalp. Sometimes the sebum gland overproduces and causes excess oil to build up. The result is a greasy scalp where it is easy for bacteria and oil to clog follicles and bumps to form. If the scalp becomes too dry the follicles does not close properly and allows bacteria or other foreign matter to be trapped. Chemical products tend to make a dry scalp worse.
Natural ingredients that promote scalp health are much better. Zinc is a natural cleaner and regulator of the sebum gland. Thyme and sage balance the scalp as well as detoxify. And emu oil and jojoba oil provide moisture for the scalp and hair.