Top
30
Doctor insights on: Can Vaseline Be Used For Dry Scalp

Share
1

1
My 2 months baby has a very dry scalp and also white flaky just around his eyebrows and forehead . Can I use Vaseline on his forehead?

My 2 months baby has a very dry scalp and also white flaky just around his eyebrows and forehead . Can I use Vaseline on his forehead?

Not recommended: Vaseline can be occlusive to rashes and often keep the inciting cause "under wraps" so to speak. Best to get the rash diagnosed and most often a simple prescribed corticosteroid cream may be needed or other agent depending on the official diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


2

2
How come when I apply vaseline to my scalp it gives my scalp bumps and makes it sore? I thought petroleum is non Comedogenic? I have very dry scalp.

How come when I apply vaseline to my scalp it gives my scalp bumps and makes it sore? I thought petroleum is non Comedogenic?  I have very dry scalp.

See a dermatologist: Stop vaseline. You have something, not "dry scalp" Meanwhile try Head/Shoulders shampoo in a shower every night (day). You probably need a prescription. ...Read more

3

3
Would it be harmful/bad to place Vaseline on my hair and/or my scalp? Is it ok to put it on your face?

Would it be harmful/bad to place Vaseline on my hair and/or my scalp? 
 Is it ok to put it on your face?

Vaseline not harmful: Vaseline is petrolium jelly and is not harmful for the hair or face. Most consider it a moisturizer, because it traps moisture from escaping from the skin and hair follicle. However,- Petroleum Jelly has some dehydrating qualities. So if you are looking for moisturizing, jojoba oil is most similar to natural hair oil (sebum). For the face, oils can clog pores and create breakouts. ...Read more

4

4
10cm cyst removed from scalp. How do we look after the wound? Dr told us to use vaseline. What signs do we look for infection?

10cm cyst removed from scalp. How do we look after the wound? Dr told us to use vaseline. What signs do we look for infection?

Cyst: Signs of infection include : expanding redness around the wound, tenderness, wound that is warm to the touch, fever. Contact your physician if you suspect infection ...Read more

5

5
Can I apply vaseline/petroleum jelly on my scalp? I've scratched and irritated my scalp and when I wash it, it burns cus i probably broke some skin.

Can I apply vaseline/petroleum jelly on my scalp? I've scratched and irritated my scalp and when I wash it, it burns cus i probably broke some skin.

Bee ; Flower: Soap can be purchased in chinatown or on line. It is easy on the skin and pleasant smelling. One type is called sandalwood, but there are several others. Peace and good health. Please see a dermatologist and avoid lotions w/alcohol in them. Vaseline not a good idea; need to avoid infection. ...Read more

7

7
How to help a dry scalp??

How to help a dry scalp??

Dry Scalp: Mix half cup of water with half a cup of apple cider vinegar; Use this to massage your scalp / hair; Leave for about 10 minutes; Rinse your hair with shampoo (tea tree oil based is preferred); Or coconut oil massaged into scalp helps. Be sure drink plenty of fluids & eat green leafy veggies; more at eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

8

8
How to control dry scalp?

How to control dry scalp?

Shampoo choices: If your scalp is dry and flaky, you may have seborrheic dermatitis. To start try tgel or t sal type shampoo. If this is not enough you may need to see your dermatologist for a prescription. ...Read more

9

9
I have a really dry scalp but only recently have i had it?

I have a really dry scalp but only recently have i had it?

Dry Scalp: There are 5 common causes of dry scalp — weather change, central heating/air conditioning, hot baths & showers, harsh soaps & detergents, and sun exposure. Symptoms include mild to intense itching of the scalp and small flakes of dry skin. Note, people often confuse dandruff with dry scalp; they are two separate conditions. Before continuing, make sure you have correctly identified the condition. ...Read more

10

10
Dandruff and dry scalp?

Dandruff and dry scalp?

Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more

11

11
Could a dry scalp be an inherited disease?

Could a dry scalp be an inherited disease?

Genetics: Genetics are quintessential ingredient of our being, as the interaction of our genetic makeup with the environment that we live in determines many, if not all, of the processes and diseases. For example, psoriasis, an inflammatory geno-dermatosis, may cause dry and scaly scalp. Nevertheless, exclusion of other potential causes by a physician is warranted prior to this conclusion. ...Read more

12

12
How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

Treat for Dandruff : See Dermatologist.
Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection.
Try over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. ...Read more

16

16
Do mayonaisse and vinegar actually help with dry scalp?

Do mayonaisse and vinegar actually help with dry scalp?

Better on salads.: "Dry scalp" may actually be seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis or fungus. See a dermatologist. Meanwhile, try using a dandruff shampoo in the shower every day. ...Read more

17

17
Is it possible to permanently treat an itchy dry scalp? How?

Dry scalp: The dry scalp can be from eczema but also can be from contact dermatitis, if you apply products on your hair. You need to use a vegetable oil to massage your scalp overnight under a shower cap to keep the moisture trapped in your scalp. There are prescription products that you can use too, a dermatologist can guide you. ...Read more

18

18
My two year old has a dry scalp. What can I do to treat this?

My two year old has a dry scalp. What can I do to treat this?

Little dab'll do you: Try a little dab of olive oil on the scalp. Think about what you're using to wash your kid's hair. Could the shampoo be drying out the scalp? ...Read more

19

19
Jock itch that does not go away and also dry scalp, what to do?

Jock itch that does not go away and also dry scalp, what to do?

See a dermatologist: Without seeing this and being able to examine the lesions do not know what this is. Go and be evaluated by a professional. Good luck and get better. ...Read more

20

20
Can excessive dry scalp lead to overproduction of sebum of scalp?

Mutually exclusive: By definition a dry scalp would be due to a lack of sebums, the oily substance produced to moisturize the skin and hair shaft. Over production of sebum would lead to oily skin, hair, scalp ...Read more

21

21
What can be done for a patch of dry scalp on my head that is a bit scabby?

Proper diagnosis: Helps. Seeing your doctor to make sure it is seborrhea or dandruff versus a skin infection. For dry scalp /dandruff try tea tree shampoo or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo. There is evidence that dandruff may have a fungal component so tea tree shampoo or Nizoral (ketoconazole) may be very helpful. ...Read more

22

22
Hi, what is the remedy for dry scalp? No itch problems, just that flakes are constant

Suspect Dandruff!: Scalp dryness and flakes are an indication of dandruff. You may benefit from using a shampoo with Salsun -Blue(Sulphur containing) and use a good conditioner after a good shampoo rub. It should settle down in 2-3 weeks of daily use. If it comes back or if it does not go away, you may have to see a dermatologist who can prescribe Coal tar based shampoos which may work better. ...Read more

23

23
Please tell me if there is any oral medication for psoriasis or dry scalp that works?

Please tell me if there is any oral medication for psoriasis or dry scalp that works?

Methotrexate: The most effective oral medication for moderate to severe psoriasis is methotrexate. Prednisone has too many side effects for chronic use in psoriasis. ...Read more

25

25
From the last 3 months i have severe dandruff problem or dry scalp ,which i am not sure of. I have flakes on my scalp.

Dandruff: This is very likely dandruff. We call this seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Sometimes this is associated with a rash around the eyebrows / sides of the nose or chin. Best treated with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione shampoos. Please ask your pharmacist for one of these and use as directed - see someone if not improving after a month or two. ...Read more

26

26
My baby is 4mnths 1week old, has got dry scalp right in the middle that tends to build a crust. How can I heal it?Though he takes a shower every day.

My baby is 4mnths 1week old, has got dry scalp right in the middle that tends to build a crust. How can I heal it?Though he takes a shower every day.

Cradle cap: This sounds like cradle cap and is very common. Use a little mineral oil on the plaques to help loosen them up and gently remove them with gentle wash cloth action when bathing. If it persists, see your friendly neighborhood kid-friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

27

27
What causes a dry scalp?

Various causes: Dry scalp, like dry skin may or may not be an inherited tendency that can be aggravated by skin care products or habits. Shampoos particularly dandruff shampoos like most soaps tend to be drying. Washing or bathing in warm to hot water may also cause dry scalp. Living in a dry climate may also aggravate dry skin tendencies. Seborrhea may cause scaly scalp that resembles dry scalp. ...Read more

28

28
What can I do for my dry scalp?

Dry scalp: Avoid sulfate shampoos. Limit you scalp's exposure to hot water. You can get over the counter shampoo for dry scalp. Minimize blow- drying. Keep hydrated. ...Read more

29

29
How can I get help for a dry scalp?

DRY SCALP: Does your dry scalp itch? How long have you had it? How often do you shampoo? Shampooing on a daily basis with a tar shampoo like t-gel or tarsum shampoo can often relieve the problem. If it itches, that's another problem. Dos anyone in your family have psoriasis? Do see a dermatologist if it is still dry after using the above shampoos. ...Read more

30

30
How do I treat persistant dry scalp?

How do I treat persistant dry scalp?

Dandruff: Dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a common disorder that is believed to be caused by a yeast. Most treatments are geared at reducing the yeast. Such treatments include nizoral, (ketoconazole) head and shoulders, and selsun blue. Tar shampoos and corticosteroids can be used as well. This condition rarely results in hair loss.

Treating the dandruff, usually clears the dry scalp. One can use scalp oils. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
92 doctors shared insights

Dry Scalp (Definition)

Dry scalp is simply the appearance of dry skin on your head. Causes may involve environment (dry climate, blowdryer use, certain hair products) or may be related to a skin condition which causes scalp irritation ...Read more