Burning Red Itchy Scalp:
Dry Scalp, Dandruff, Burning Red Itchy Scalp Causes & Remedies OK, you’ve got some issues with itchy scalp, burning scalp dry or flaky dandruff scalp conditions
If your scalp is suffering from any of the following:
- Incessant itching that driving you up the wall
- Dry unsightly flaking on your scalp dusting your shoulders with the highly visible telltale specks and flakes
- An uncomfortable rash or burning redness in patches especially around your ears and/or neck
- Sensitivities or tingling when using certain kids of shampoos
Then you will know how frustrating and/or embarrassing it can be to be fighting a highly visible and seemingly losing battle with dandruff or to have to fight the constant urge to scratch at your itchy scalp to try to relieve it.
Dandruff and itchy scalp is one the most common complaints as well as one of the most misunderstood problems. Many people will tell you that Dandruff is caused by the process of continual shedding of skin cells on your scalp. It can be caused by a fungus called melassezia globbosa or from toxins, or by pollutants and products that have built up on the scalp, particularly products like silicone – a cheap commonly used artificial shine enhancer in many supermarket commercially marketed dandruff dandruff shampoos & conditioners.
Lumps bumps and scalp sores are also a sign that the scalp is highly irritated or you’ aggravated a sensitivity.
At the very minimum when your scalp’s balance is disturbed, (which is really what is behind these symptoms) it can lead to the natural process of shedding your cells getting a little out of hand resulting in an unsightly condition known as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (dandruff) flaking, crusting and/or discomfort from itchiness – or itchy scalp scalp.
What most people do when they see the dandruff – the tell tale white sprinkling of flakes littering their shoulders – is rush out and buy an anti-dandruff shampoo. This often seems to ease the problem for a while before the problem returns and the sufferer realizes that the treatment does not offer a permanent solution to their flaky scalp woes…just a temporary fix before the condition returns sometimes with unwelcome extra issues to add to the flaking!
This is because most treatments in a bottle only target the symptoms, not the cause. You could liken doing this to trying to pour water as fast as you can into a leaking holey bucket, & not stopping to see what caused the holes in the first place. The sensible thing to do obviously is to fix the holes – and make sure you eliminate whats causing the holes too!How To Finally Be Free From Dandruff & Scalp Irritation Quickly, Easily & Naturally – 100% Guaranteed!
Considering that there is so much evidence that these treatments do not give long term relief and can even be detrimental, it is surprising it is still common practice to use anti-dandruff shampoos to treat the symptoms instead of treating the cause of why our scalps flake and itch in the first place.
Most people don’t understand the paradox of what really causes our scalps to react this way in the first place and why our bodies respond so aggressively ‘. often to many agents that are emerging as the common cause of many – and most scalp problems.
Often the very stuff we use on a day to day basis (when the pores on our scalps are steamed wide open) to wash and treat our hair which can also hides more answers to why we are suffering from so many scalp disorders in this modern society. Of course there is a little more to the story than just the products we use, and the good news is there is a simple answer to this “other part” of the equation and this can be dealt to naturally – without breaking the budget and is an enjoyable experience (pampering yourself is always good). More on this later, but its important to know how to avoid “pouring more fuel on the burning fire”!
Scientific evidence shows that there are SO many ingredients hidden in shampoos (especially anti dandruff ones) that our bodies become sensitized to. With the huge rise in sensitivities or allergies of the scalp some scientists decided to find out why and what impact chemicals are having on our bodies. Facts are emerging that ingredients once thought to be benign can cause havoc with our scalps natural process of shedding cells and sebum balance”some ingredients are even used in engine degreasers and in scientific tests to induce skin rashes to test new anti-itchy and anti-rash drugs. One common one is known to erode hair follicles and combined with other processes or chemicals added to shampoos can even be carcinogenic
Years ago scientists believed that the skin was a barrier to the environment that did not absorb substances that came in contact with it, and so did not understand the possible negative impact of ingredients in shampoos and other personal products on our bodies. We now know this is not the case.
If you understand the dramatic impact of what we choose to use on our scalps on a day to day basis positively or negatively can have, you can make better choices about what you expose your scalp to, then you can empower yourself to begin to eliminate your scalp condition permanently, improve hair condition without spending big bucks on treatments and solutions to try to undo the damage that our bodies will naturally deal with if not being bombarded with more irritating sensitizers and allergens that we dont know we are using.
If you know all the facts and why our scalps react the way they do you can make sense of the reason why these treatments don give us relief for long and you may even be unknowingly be aggravating your symptoms making it worse.
The great news you will discover is that for most of us relief is only minutes away without needing the drugs now that you have the knowledge that is not readily shared with by those who prefer to keep selling us treatments in a bottle. We can restore balance to our bodies and our scalps without stress and hard work or inconvenience. Not to mention the boost our hair gets by treating dry scalp and lack lustre hair to a nourishing moisturising mask whenever you feel like spoiling yourself at home.
So what about anti-dandruff treatments such as anti-dandruff shampoo that are supposed to treat these things? Well while it’s true that many of these do contain ingredients that help to stop flaking and/or kill bacteria that manifest as dandruff such as ketoconizole or salicylic acid. As stated earlier, they do the job of masking the symptoms temporarily, but as you might have already discovered, the irony is that most of them also contain the irritating ingredients that caused your problem in beginning! So what else can we do?
That leads us to Natural Remedies as alternatives which can definitely help to soothe and heal your scalp (as long as you are eliminating the cause at the same time)’.got you wondering about scalp home remedies?So what benefits are there in using a natural remedy for your dry, itching scalp or scalp lesions problem? Well, for one thing, they don have any of the side effects of commercial products irritating your scalp and perpetuate the problem and even worsening the cycle of flakey, itching scalp! There are potent safe natural home remedies for scalp itching which are non-toxic so you dont damage your poor scalp further, or worse yet, end up with a sensitizedscalp and scalp sores…
Many natural remedies can be just as powerful if not more so than their toxic counterparts if you know how to use them correctly to get the best from them.
Here are some applications for natural oils as scalp and hair treatments.
- Zinc Pyrithione: Wonderful stuff for scalp problems… First synthesized in the 1930′s, this is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source. It’s used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
- Jojoba: Is excellent as a scalp moisturiser and helps to rebalance sebum.
- Tea Tree: Oily hair Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp and brings the cells & follicles to attention
- Basil: Oily hair promotes growth
- Chamomile: Fine to normal hair gives golden highlights
- Clary sage: All types of hair dandruff treatment
- Lavender: Normal hair Scalp treatment for itchiness, burning scalp, dandruff,,, and even lice!
- Lemon: Oily hair Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
- Myrrh: Dry hair Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
- Patchouli: Oily hair Dandruff treatment
- Peppermint: Dry hair Promotes hair growth
- Rose: Fine hair Soothes sore scalp
- Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil: Excellent for itchy scalp& as an itchy scalp cure. It’s also good for dry hair, dry scalp and dandruff especially combined with other oils
- Rosemary: Oily hair Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth and is an excellent for treating dry scalp
- Tea tree: Oily hair Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
- Ylang-ylang: Oily hair Dandruff treatment
- Neem: a wonder oil from India. Neem is amazing for all of the wonderful stuff it does. It’s also derived from a type of tree bark. Neem is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils). In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone.
Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching when applied directly to your scalp and it’s a great skin conditioner.
There are also many active ingredients such as salicylic acid which you will find in many anti dandruff shampoos which can also be extracted from Willow bark instead of chemically manufactured options.
Remember, there are many powerful remedies (with lots of other beneficial uses to make use of, not just the guilt free pampering session you’ll be giving yourself) that you can create at home from these and/or many other oils – even from your garden or kitchen which not only heal your scalp, regrow your hair but also can save you spending tons of money from having to keep trying to keep your scalp problem at bay with drug based products.
The answer lies not in buying more “stuff” to treat symptoms but instead understanding the natural remedy’s for beautiful hair & healthy scalp that have been used for thousands of years before our modern society “lost” them.
Most importantly, we need to understand the causes that we are not educated about & what to avoid so we can stop suffering and instead have gorgeous hair and healthy scalp without stress or hassle every day! There are many more benefits you can enjoy from using natural remedies, not just for your scalp – its just a case of opening “the pot of gold” nature offers us with a little help of course from the people with the knowledge of how to use them.
It is comforting and exciting to know how really simple it is to have beautiful hair and a healthy itch free scalp permanently with the right knowledge.
Best of all – if you use the knowledge it’s fun, can save you lots of dollars plus you can enjoy looking and feeling fantastic!
Itchy Dry Flaky Scalp Natural Home Remedies There are many powerful natural remedies you can use to soothe & heal scalp conditions including, Dry, Burning Red Itching Scalp, Dandruff, Itchy scalp, with natural home scalp remedies containing Oils such as Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree & Neem oil.
There are many home remedies and natural scalp treatments proven to be effective in the treatment of 95% of scalp conditions – with powerful anti-dandruff itchy scalp fighting ingredients that are healing, soothing and are naturally drug free. These remedies effectively treat problems from scalp psoriasis, dry, itchy burning, flaky & sore scalp conditions to an allergic reaction.
Dry scalp can feel tight , a sensation that is sometimes accompanied by flakiness. It is often the result of natural oils being stripped from our scalps by the frequent use of shampoos, hair dyes and or other hair products resulting in a disturbance to the natural balance of our sebum and ph (acid mantle).
Dandruff (or seborrheic dermatitis) as most of us know is the process of continual shedding of skin cells on our scalps. Often the cause of dandruff is simply the result of toxins, pollutants and products that have built up on the scalp particularly products like silicone – a cheap commonly used artificial shine enhancer in many conditioners. When the natural balance of our scalps are disturbed, this creates the perfect environment for the fungus Melassezia Globbosa to move in and thrive. This is when the natural process of shedding our cells gets a little out of hand resulting in an unsightly condition known as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (fancy name for dandruff) and we see the highly visible tell-tale signs of flaking and crusting. The accompanying itch and urge to scratch are often made worse by the multiplication of the fungal yeast pityrosporum-ovale (having one big party on your scalp)! Another follow on effect of this is that the relentless scratching by the sufferer can cause small lesions which weep and ooze or become infected. Scalp lumps bumps and sores are also common when the scalp is highly irritated or a sensitivity has been aggravated by the use of shampoos that contain stripping ingredients.
One of these is Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulphate is widely used in dishwashing liquids, car washes (degreasers). It is a skin irritant (they sometimes use it in tests to irritate skin to test products) and is known to dy out our scalps, corrode hair follicles and damage your hair and are found in MOST big brand shampoos….there are others to look out for too that are potentially carcinogenic. If your scalp is burning, red and/or itchy you could be suffering from the effects of a sentitized scalp, from an allergic reaction to a substance either from prolonged use or from a new substance. Sensitivities and allergic reactions are related but there is a difference between the two…see below:
Sensitizers: A sensitivity is the result of a response by our immune system from being exposed to a substance or foreign body that it wants to keep out of the body. A sensitivity normally develops over several years (or months in children). The reason sensitizing chemicals often slip under the radar is because the first use of a sensitizer (e.g. from a synthetic colorant in hair dye) may not trigger a reaction, but subsequent or repeated use can cause a person to develop an allergic reaction to even very low levels of the original or related substance. A reaction can hit you seemingly suddenly, when really it is the result of a build-up of your immune system’s response over a period of time.
Irritants: Irritants on the other hand are quite different to sensitizers and allergens which involve the immune system. An irritant is a non-allergic inflammatory reaction at the site of where the substance was applied (yes sensitizers can cause rashes elsewhere on the body). The difference is that dermatitis (a non fungal dandruff) is commonly the result of irritation directly from a product, whereas allergens and sensitizers (especially the highly sensitizing products used in hair dyes and colorants and henna tattoos) will effect your immune system in a way that is difficult to get at because once you develop a sensitivity, it’s with you forever! Common hair dyes contain some of the most carcinogenic and sensitizing ingredients of all. If you have ever had a fake tattoo that is henna based, then beware – there have been many cases of severe allergic reactions to the compound PPD (phenylenediamine) requiring hospitalization in people who have applied a hair dye (black or dark brown in particular) after having had a henna tattoo.