Tips for Surviving Scalp Issues Dermatitis Psoriasis

My journey to Sénica started because of eczema and dermatitis. Things got worse when it spread to my scalp. The tips in this post are from people like myself who have personal experience in dealing with and surviving two common scalp issues, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Jonna of Naturally Glam – seborrheic dermatitis tips:

I suffer with a form of seborrheic dermatitis as a result of overproduction of sebum. That’s when the excess oil that my scalp produces dries, it forms a layer of flakes on my scalp. My advice is to keep the scalp clean, either by using shampoo or some sort of clarifier like an apple cider vinegar rinse. I always use a leave-in conditioner and seal with oil before applying a styling product to my hair to keep it moisturized since I have to cleanse so often (2-3 times a week sometimes).

Christina of The Mane Objective on Psoriasis of the Scalp

Scalp issues like dandruff and psoriasis can be tough, especially when you have natural hair. Flakes can become easily caught in coils and curls, and it becomes difficult to confidently rock styles that involve parting/an exposed scalp. I know all too well the challenges of living with scalp issues – I have been dealing with psoriasis for over 10 years now. Some weeks and months are better than others, but over all I refuse to let flakes and scales deter me from having the healthiest hair possible. Here are my # main tips for surviving scalp issues:
1. Become ingredient conscious. A lot of products in stores contain ingredients that can cause irritation to the scalp, or clog follicles. Avoid ingredients like mineral oil and petrolatum which can suffocate follicles, and stay away from synthetic fragrances which can cause irritation and increase flaking.
2. Safely and gently remove flakes and scales with natural products. Oils and scalp pomades are great for lifting flakes from the scalp. Apply your favorite oil to your scalp (even better if you can include essential oils like Tea Tree), massage it in, and gently lift with a comb or your fingertips. Never scratch or lift flakes with finger nails – this can lead to cuts on the scalp which may get infected, and lead to balding in that area.
3. Wash your hair often, but not too often. And with gentle cleansing products. Buildup does not bode well for those with scalps prone to flaking, so relying too heavily on co-washing (cleansing with conditioner) is not advised. Sulfate and fragrance free shampoos, or shampoo bars with essential oils are best. Washing hair 1-2 times a week is best to aid in flake removal without drying out the hair and scalp.

There is hope for surviving scalp issues of seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis regardless of your hair type and texture.

So glean from these tips and check out these other posts for more hair tips, 3 Tips for Managing Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis. You may also find this Mayo Clinic article helpful, Scalp psoriasis vs. seborrheic dermatitis: What’s the difference?

Thank you to Jonna and Christina for sharing their hair care tips for problem scalp. You can connect with them here, Jonna of Naturally Glam,; Christina Patrice of The Mane Objective,

Do you deal with scalp issues? What tips would you add?

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