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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

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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My scalp is always dry with flaks?

My scalp is always dry with flaks?

Piece of cake: Could be seborrheic dermatitis vs psoriasis vs something else. Once a diagnosis is made, a range of treatments are available depending on the severity of it - utilizing a combination of prescription and over the counter treatments. ...Read more

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Incredibly dry skin along hairline?

Incredibly dry skin along hairline?

Probably seborrhea: Try using an antidandruff shampoo daily. Likely you have seborrhea, commonly called dandruff. Neutrogena original for dandruff is good. Allergy is another possiblility. If the rash does not clear with the shampoo see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Much dandruff in hair. Sticky and gressy. If put oil, lots of sweat on forhead and extremely hot feeling.after shampoo feels very itchy dry hair..help?

Much dandruff in hair. Sticky and gressy. If put oil, lots of sweat on forhead and extremely hot feeling.after shampoo feels very itchy dry hair..help?

Alternate remedy: Dandruff is usually due to dry skin. If oil is not acceptable, then try Selenium shampoo on a regular basis. If this does not work, then prescription medication such as DermaSmooth can be helpful. ...Read more

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Extremely dry mouth and dry lips?

Extremely dry mouth and dry lips?

Ask your physician: The mouth is a very good judge of your overall health. Changes in salivary flow can be local or systemic but are always worth a thorough evaluation. Your physician as well as your dentist should be aware of these changes. ...Read more

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I have a bad itchy dry scalp with patches of dry skin when i scratch it bleeds i'm losing hair is this scalp psoriasis?

Sounds like it: But it could be infection or a skin manifestation of systemic disease. Go and see a dermatologist before you lose any more hair. ...Read more

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My skin is very dry and acne.

My skin is very dry and acne.

No question: Thank you for letting us know. But you did not ask us a question. ...Read more

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I have an oily scalp and dry hair, used scalp shampoo caused my hair even dry; used mosturised shampoo caused my scalp even oily n itched, help?

I have an oily scalp and dry hair, used scalp shampoo caused my hair even dry; used mosturised shampoo caused my scalp even oily n itched, help?

Brush your hair: Using a natural bristle brush! not synthetic or plastic. Brush hair 50 strokes daily. It will distribute the oil into hair. So no more excess oily scalp and less dry hair. ...Read more

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Scalp very dry and always scaling.Face very oily and acne prone and frequent breakouts. Rest of body has extremely dry skin.How can I manage my skin?

Skin issues: Oily and scaling skin on the face may be seborrheic dermatitis. Acne is another problem. I would suggest referral to dermatologist for a full exam. Acne may respond to benzoyl peroxide and topical or oral antibiotics or vitamin a derivatives. Seborrheic dermatitis, if that's what it is, usually responds to topical steroids or anti-fungal preparation, ketoconazole, selenium preparations, etc. ...Read more

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Is jojoba oil good for the scalp? My scalp and hair are super dry from overwashing.

Try it.: Everyone has different responses to hair preparations and thus the only way to find out is to try . Over-washing, strong shampoo, and blow-drying all contribute to dryness. Some people have found tea tree oil conditioner to be helpful . Consider using a milder shampoo. ...Read more

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I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?

I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?

Possibly: Try an anti-seb shampoo and if this FAILS see yoour PCP Primary Care Provider who may wish to refer you to a DERMATOLOGIST for a definitive diagnosis! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Why is my skin extremely dry and darkening?

Why is my skin extremely dry and darkening?

Eczema: Dryness can be a sign of eczema or atopic dermatitis. The subtle inflammation that is associated with dryness can cause the skin to darken in color. One natural way to lighten dark skin is a product called intilight. ...Read more

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After stress and a flu my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?

After stress and a flu  my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?

Stress / cortisone: Whenever the body is stressed (whether it's a physical stress like the flu, or it's a psychological stress) cortisol is released. Stress hormones like cortisol can affect the body's hair cycles (in the most noticeable form this is called telogen effluvium). Unless you can cure stress, there's nothing you can do to prevent it or treat it! Nothing to worry about though. ...Read more

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I have extremely dry skin on face?

I have extremely dry skin on face?

Check out this link: Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/healthy-beauty/features/dry-skin-causes.

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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