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Scalp eczema. It’s not everyone’s favorite subject, but for those who suffer from this itchy, irritating condition, information is a must. Jennifer N. messaged us on Facebook with a question from her sister (good job looking out for your siblings, Jennifer!) Her question said, “My sister gets eczema on her scalp and it drives her insane. She would love a magic trick to get that away.”
Scalp eczema, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, is an inflamed and itchy skin condition that affects millions. It is actually the cause of dandruff and, in babies, is known as cradle cap. It can run in families, but that isn’t always the case; many people experience scalp eczema with no family history of it.
Eczema on the scalp can have a wide variety of symptoms. You may only have one, or you may have all of them. Symptoms include:
- Flaky skin
- Red, scaly patches
- Excess grease or waxiness
- Oozing or “weeping” lesions
- Color changes in skin that has healed after blisters or lesions
- Ear discharge if eczema continues into the ear canal
Seborrheic dermatitis is most likely caused by sebum overproduction. While our skin needs some sebum to function normally, excess sebum can cause a lot of issues. When the scalp produces excess sebum, a normal skin fungus called mallasezia is allowed to overgrow, which causes worsened dandruff symptoms like flaking and itching.
Some people say that their scalp eczema is worsened by stress and weather changes. Other causes, triggers, and risk factors include:
- Allergy or irritation (like to a shampoo or even pollen)
- Greasy hair or skin
- Very dry skin
- Sensitive skin conditions, including rosacea, acne, and especially psoriasis
- Heavy sweating
- Hay fever, asthma, and atopic eczema
- Health conditions, including Parkinson’s and HIV
Now that you have a better understanding of scalp eczema, let’s talk about how to treat seborrheic dermatitis. The first and easiest thing to try is an OTC dandruff shampoo. They’re generally affordable, safe, and might just do the trick! If, however, your scalp eczema needs a little more help, it’s time to turn to OTC Psoriapalm.
Psoriapalm is a non-greasy psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis lotion that is clinically-proven to reduce redness, scaling, and plaque irritation. It soothes skin on contact and actually works to restore healthy function to the skin in order to both calm and prevent scalp eczema. It can be used from head to toe and features MLE, which makes it an excellent compliment to Atopalm products.
Hopefully this information and scalp eczema treatment recommendations will help your sister, Jennifer!