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What can stop dry and itchy flaking scalp?

What can stop dry and itchy flaking scalp?

Emollient: The treatment of dry scaling of the skin is a common condition if dry areas, and may be prevented with use of emollient. ...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


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Always have had an extremely dry scalp since a baby. Can you suggest a scalp treatment that will stop the dryness and flakes?

Always have had an extremely dry scalp since a baby. Can you suggest a scalp treatment that will stop the dryness and flakes?

Seborrhea?: Without seeing it is impossible to know, but it sounds like it could be seborrhea. It could also be psoriasis. Seborrhea may be helped by an anti-dandruff/anti-fungal shampoo, but psoriasis requires more intensive treatment, mostly prescription. ...Read more

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Have dry scalp that can peel in big flakes.Wash hair everyday bad? Would putting lotion on be good? What to use to get rid of this?

Have dry scalp that can peel in big flakes.Wash hair everyday bad? Would putting lotion on be good? What to use to get rid of this?

Seb derm? Psoriasis?: Most likely you have seborrheic dermatitis -- the medical term for dandruff. However, don't assume it without professional evaluation. Psoriasis also is a possibility and requires more intensive treatment. If no severe itching, probably no big hurry, but show it to your doctor one of these days, or a dermatologist. In the meantime, you could try an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo. ...Read more

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My friend has a problem with very dry scalp that scales when she scratches what can she do about it?

Shamppo: Try either selsun or selenium tuype shampoos. Head and soulder also works. If not you will need precription shampoo from your physician. ...Read more

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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

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Nothing is working, please tell us best dry scalp home remedies. Thank you.

Moiture /oil etc: 1scalp message daily, it increses the blood flow to the scalp 2shampoos sold for dry scalp with moisturisers 3 do not wash your hair often, wash scalp once or twicw a week 4 do not use hair styling product like gel, mousse, or hair spray.Use anti residue shampoo once a month 5 add moisture to your scalp with essential oils like rosemary, basil, nettle;camelloa oil.Apply to scalp ;massage2/3 per wee. ...Read more

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How can I get help for a dry scalp?

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

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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