The journey to creating Sénica products began with searching for solutions for my eczema and dermatitis of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis to be specific. According to the Mayo Clinic,
Seborrheic dermatitis (seb-o-REE-ik der-muh-TI-tis) is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. In infants, seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is known as cradle cap. Seborrheic dermatitis doesn’t affect your overall health, but it can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment when it develops on visible parts of your body. It isn’t contagious, and it’s not a sign of poor personal hygiene.
Along the way, my doctor prescribed many medications, some of which left my skin and scalp severely inflamed and painful. I even experienced hair loss and scalp damage, some of which will never be restored. :-\ These experiences encouraged me to take a holistic look at my lifestyle. What could I change in my environment, hair care routine, diet, etc. to better care for my scalp and hair?
Here are three tips that have helped me manage seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp and care for my hair. I hope they help you on your journey.
1. Go easy on the oil as it can further irritate your scalp. Opt for a water mist instead to moisturize your scalp and relieve dryness. Try this hair and scalp mist recipe to keep your scalp moist and refreshed. If you must use oil, do a hot oil treatment before your shampoo and limit it to 10-15 minutes. Cocounut, avocado, grapeseed and olive oils are good options for hot oil treatments.
2. Don’t scratch! Yes, dermatitis can cause dry itchy scalp. If you must itch that itch (pun intended), use the pads of your fingers to rub or massage the irritated area(s). Remember your nails carry germs so scratching can spread those germs to your scalp and cause irritation and infection. Plus, scratches can damage already inflamed hair follicles and add further to hair loss, in some cases permanent.
3. Use a gentle shampoo & conditioner. Your shampoo choice should leave your hair clean and soft not stripped. I’ve used the Senk hair care line for years and no longer have to worry about stripped, stringy hair after a wash session. The line is super gentle and has a mild scent essential oil blend with bay rum, palma rosa, carrot seed, geranium and lemon. The Senk Shampoo Bar cleanses without stripping and the Senk Conditioner & Hair Lotion moisturizes & seals to keep hair hydrated. Plus it doubles as a leave in hair lotion which you can use between washes. If you must use a medicated shampoo, focus on the affected areas of the scalp and use a gentler option for the rest of your scalp & hair.
There are many more tips I could share but these are a great stating point. If you found this article helpful, just click here to share it. Do you struggle with scalp dermatitis? What tips would you add?
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Benardett, Creator of Sénica® Body Care Products
Photo Credit Element5 Digital | Updated 7/24/18