It isn’t normal to have a dry scalp, and this condition can lead to a variety of symptoms that include:
• Flaky skin
• Intense itching
• Numerous bumps
• Burning sensations
• Tender skin
• Hair loss
• Red skin
Dry scalp is caused by a lack of moisture or oil in the skin, but dandruff is caused by having too much oil or sebum in the skin. Your first instinct when you find skin flakes on your clothing may be to use a shampoo formulated for dandruff. However, this can make a dry scalp condition worse because you are removing additional oil from your skin. While the dandruff shampoo may help your scalp to feel less itchy, the skin will become drier, leading to more irritation within a few days. You must find a way to keep your hair clean without removing too much oil from your scalp. This may seem difficult, especially when you must wash your hair daily because you work in a dirty environment, but it is possible to find products that can keep your hair clean without drying your scalp.
What Causes It?
There are several reasons for having a dry scalp, and this condition often occurs in family groups, but you may develop a dry scalp as part of the natural aging process. You may also have allergies to the shampoo and conditioner that you use or sensitivity to hair dye or hairstyling products. Hair accessories made from elastic, plastic, or metal can irritate your scalp. Identifying what you are allergic to and avoiding the item can help you to have a healthier scalp.
How Can You Care for Your Dry Scalp?
You might think that applying moisturizer to your scalp is the answer to your problem, but this can make your scalp feel drier. In addition, the moisturizers can make your hair feel and look greasy. There are other ways to improve the condition of your scalp. Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest tips for adding moisture to your skin, and you should also begin using a gentle shampoo that won’t strip all of the oils from your scalp. Rather than using hot water to wash your hair, use lukewarm water that won’t irritate your scalp. Make sure to eat a healthy diet that will enrich your skin, helping to keep it moist. If your scalp continues to feel dry and itchy, then you should visit a dermatologist who can determine if you have a fungal condition or chronic problem such as eczema.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
To learn more about the symptoms of a dry scalp, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Dermatology Center of the Rockies. At our convenient locations in Longmont and Estes Park, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!