Many people have heard of a skin condition called eczema, but some don’t know that it can show up on your scalp. This condition, called seborrhoeic eczema, can cause the scalp to turn red, become inflamed or scaly, and itch and flake as though you have dandruff. There are home remedies you can try to alleviate your symptoms.
Use Soap-Free Shampoo
Avoid shampoos that contain soaps. Don’t use anything with sodium laurel sulfate or something similar. Parabens are also typically a no-no. Stick to fruit-based or all-natural shampoos, preferably unscented, to impose as little irritation to your scalp as possible. Some good options include shampoos with coconut and yucca-based surfactants.
Natural Oil Treatments
Apply olive oil to your scalp periodically. Lavender and hemp oils are also effective in nourishing the skin and keeping it moisturized, which is so often lacking in those with eczema. To avoid overly greasy hair, perform this treatment once every few days.
Resist the urge to scratch, no matter how strong. Scratching increases inflammation, causing more scaling and potentially introducing infection. Creams and lotions may help, but the best solution is to avoid scratching.