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Solutions For An Extreme Itchy, Flaky Scalp

By on July 27, 2011

Itchy, Flaky ScalpThe most common reason for itchy, flaky scalp is dandruff. However, medical problems like eczema and psoriasis also can result in an itchy flaky scalp. Like the skin on our body, after every 28 days, the scalp renews itself by shedding dead cells and allowing new, healthy ones to emerge.

Cold temperatures and low humidity, a reaction to harsh chemicals (like those used in permanent hair color), or a buildup from styling products can interrupt this natural exfoliating process–causing cells to pile up and turn into fine flakes. When the flaking of dead cells arises at a fast rate and itchy flaky scalps are present as a symptom, we can say surely it is none other than dandruff.

Ways To Treat Itchy & Flaky Scalp

Solutions For Itchy, Flaky Scalp

By now, it is clear to you that, dandruff is the main reason behind an extreme itchy, flaky scalp. Dandruff is obviously curable. There are several ways to get rid off from dandruff. We can divide these solutions in three different sections. One is home remedies and the other is medical treatment. In case of dandruff, what we do first is to go for a popular shampoo available in market. So many products are available in market claiming that, they have an answer for you dandruff. We are not saying them as a fake one but, one need to be conscious when it comes to choose the right one.

Home Remedies

When dandruff is in mild stage it is enough to find a good shampoo but, if it does not work, go for some important tips. Tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar are very useful for dandruff. Mix antiseptic tea tree oil with safflower or olive oil and massage it into the scalp. A 50/50 rinse of water and apple cider vinegar may also be effective. You can get shampoos containing tea tree, rosemary or lavender oil in health food stores. Rub the oil into your scalp, wrap your hair in a towel and leave it on for about a half hour. Then rinse the oil out with shampoo and lukewarm water. Peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus oils help alleviate intense itching.

Tea Tree Oil

However, coal tar shampoo can help you instantly but, it has some disadvantages also. It can discolor your hair and can irritate the scalp and that is why it should be used as a last option. If you have tried all other ways and still not getting improvement, go for it. Tar shampoo does not smell like other shampoos and it is a bit expensive. However, it can surprise you by removing dandruff permanently. Recent studies say stress is behind many other health conditions including dandruff. So, try to reduce your stress as far as possible. Often people get confused about dandruff and blame shampooing for it.


However, the truth is shampooing does not increase your dandruff. Excess oil makes your dandruff problem worse. Shampooing helps to remove extra oil available in your scalp. Moreover, we will suggest you to shampoo regularly to get a very good result but, do not think too much shampooing is good. Especially in winter, limit your shampooing. It is better to shampooing thrice a week. Using too much makes it harder to rinse it all out — and any shampoo left behind dries and flakes off.

Select The Method That Best Suits You

Excessive heat is not good for dandruff as it makes your scalp drier. It in turns generates more oil to balance and more oil is not a good sign for dandruff. It will be a wise decision to shower in a moderate temperature when you have itchy dry scalp. You can use the warm water but, not the hot water at all. Recent researchers say sunlight can also harm you in dandruff.

However, sunlight gives you the needed Vitamin D but, too much time in sunlight can makes your scalp drier. Getting sunburn on your scalp is also a threat to dandruff so; it is good to use a hat in summer. The main reason for oily scalps is styling products, such as waxes, gel, hair spray and mousse. They build up on your scalp, making it to create excess oil.


Prevent these stylish products to reduce the dandruff on your scalp. Even you can have an allergic reaction to these products similar to dandruff. Messaging your scalp is also a good option for dandruff. It increases blood flow to the scalp and helps it to be healthy. It loosens the dry scalps and makes it easier to wash away. Moreover, messaging your scalp may clear any blocked pore which can release the scalp’s natural oil.

Medical Treatment

If all the above ways turn out to be not fruitful, you must visit a dermatologist. Eczema or psoriasis can cause extremely itchy and flaky scalp. After visiting a dermatologist, he or she can suggest you for necessary tests to be sure about that. Some dermatologists recommend a shampoo containing selenium sulfide to treat dandruff.


Some other suggests trying a pyritione zinc or salicylic acid shampoo. Doctor can also prescribe other anti-fungal treatments if he determines your dandruff is being caused by fungus. According to Mayo clinic, a steroid lotion applied to the scalp may help you to cure dandruff. However, steroid treatment can cause some side effects also. It can make your skin thinner. Therefore, it may be fruitful as a short-term treatment.

Often we heard about medicated shampoos. Be aware of most of those shampoos. So-called classified medicated shampoos can help you up to far extent but, not a good option for total treatment. Actually, most of them contain menthol. Menthol causes tingling and decreases the tendency of itching but, it cannot eradicate dandruff permanently.

We have discussed so many ways to fight extreme itchy and flaky scalp. If one method does not suit, try other one because sometimes results vary from people to people and sometimes reasons differ from people to people. However, generally home remedies and proper shampoos are enough to solve extreme itchy and flaky scalp it is always wise to consult a specialist. Wish you all the best.