Flaky / Itchy Scalp

Flaky/itchy scalp is a common and frustrating hair problem. It is caused due to various reasons which should be identified properly if you want to get rid of the problem. So, here we provide all the information about flaky/itchy scalp.

Flaky scalp refers to scaly grayish or white flakes of dead skin cells of the scalp. This is usually accompanied by scratching and itching. Frequent scratching and itching, causes small tears on your scalp. This causes the skin to break further. The skin is, then, opened to infections which are generally carried through from your nails.

Causes of Flaky/Itchy Scalp

  • Lack of moisture and natural oils on the scalp: This causes the scalp to dry out. This leads to the formation of small dry flakes which also results in itchiness on the scalp.
  • Dandruff (Seborrhea): Dandruff causes dry itchy scalp.
  • Cradle cap: A seborrhea condition or dandruff in infants. It affects their scalp. It is characterized by dark brown or greasy gray adherent scaly crusts.

  • Scalp folliculitis
  • Poor hair care: Infrequent shampooing can result in itchiness on the scalp.

    Changes in weather or humidity: Change in weather, particularly in winter (cold temperature with low humidity), can chap your skin. This can cause dry and flaky scalp.

    Hair care products: Hair care products like shampoos which rip the scalp of its actual moisture and natural oils can result in dryness. Reaction to harsh chemicals found in hair care products can also cause flaky and itchy scalp.

  • Tinea capitis: It’s a type of fungal infection of the scalp. It is characterized by scaly patches and a few dry brittle hairs penetrating the patches.
  • Psoriasis: It is a chronic skin disease. It is characterized by circumscribed red patches, which are covered with white scales.
  • Deficiency of fatty acids or essential fatty acids (EFA): Dryness of the scalp occurs when there is deficiency of fatty acids.
  • Head lice: If you have head lice you will experience itchiness on your scalp. Children usually face this kind of problem.

Treatment of Flaky/Itchy Scalp

  • Avoid scratching.
  • Use a mild or natural moisturizing shampoo.
  • Use conditioners after shampooing.
  • Use coconut, almond, or vegetable oil to massage your scalp.
  • Frequently brush your hair. But be gentle.
  • Consult a dermatologist before using evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil which are rich in linoleic acid (an EFA) and Omega 3-fatty acids, respectively.
  • Add nuts and seeds to your diet. They are rich in EFA.
  • Seek professional help if flaky/itchy scalp still persist despite taking all the preventive measures.

Follow the above tips. Get rid of flaky/itchy scalp. Get a healthy scalp and healthy hair.