Sensitive scalp can make a person feel miserable. Physical irritation, infection, skin imbalances, and more can affect nearly anyone. Scalp problems can sometimes come with hair loss. Many find that treating the sensitive scalp first can help with their hair loss.
Symptoms of Poor Scalp Health
- Dry ‘tight’ feeling skin.
- Intense or continual itchy feelings.
- Dry flaking skin or a sore feeling.
- Rash or redness or open sores.
What Causes Sensitive Scalp?
There are many causes for a sore scalp. Some of the most common ones include chemicals in shampoo or hair treatments. Others include pollution, overuse of hats, or infection. Luckily there are ways to treat and cure sensitive scalp. First one must try to identify what exactly is causing the issue.
Dry Flaking Scalp
A dry and flaking scalp is most likely to be caused by the use of the wrong shampoo or hair treatments. The skin of the scalp has a natural oil called sebum. This oil helps to keep the skin soft and hydrated. People who wash their hair daily with harsh cleansers often over strip this oil from their skin. Washing the hair less often with more gentle cleansers is the best prevention. The scalp can also be massaged with natural oils such as coconut or olive to help heal the skin faster.
Simply Sore Scalp
This is perhaps the easiest symptom to treat. A sore scalp is caused by over styling of the hair. Many people will wear their hair in tight buns or ponytails. Others use styling products or high heat to get particular styles. Tying the hair tightly pulls the hair follicles in uncomfortable directions. High heat or harsh products can also irritate these delicate things. Wearing the hair loosely styled and not using high heat and products every day can soothe them.
Fungal infections are more common in children. But adults can catch highly contagious infections such as ringworm too. It occurs when fungi dermatophytes grow unchecked on the skin and nails. It leaves raw, red, and itchy patches on the scalp. The skin may have swollen blisters and a rash with small black dots. Scalp treatment in Singapore for fungal infections include many over the counter treatments and several prescription medications.
A Very Itchy Scalp
Many sensitive scalp issues can be broken down to simply being itchy. If changing shampoos to sulfate free brands and washing less does not help enough, then there are some home remedies that can be tried. A mixture of fresh rosemary and oatmeal with warm water makes a fine remedy for a sore and itchy scalp. Add neem oil or lavender oil to conditioners to increase their anti-itch properties. Lavender oil is also relaxing to skin and senses. It helps to treat tension that can make a sore scalp worse.
Hats and Headgear
An overlooked cause of many scalp problems is found in the use of head-gear. Soiled scarves or unclean brushes can harbour parasites, germs, or grime. Regularly launder and rotate scarves and hats. Allow them to dry between wearing them to prevent problems. Remove dead hair from combs and brushes. Wash them with soap and hot water to prevent build up of oils. These precautions help keep the scalp from being irritated by pathogens and dirt.