scalp issue, someone has to have had this

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My husband has found areas in my scalp, when henna=ing my grays, that are like patches of dry skin, I mean he takes off an entire patch, not that huge, but a good size, but he says it's white, not red or irritated at all, but like white scales, flaky dry skin. I have like three areas of good size and one small area. Anyone know what this is called and how to deal with it??? thanks in advance
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Sounds like build up in your scalp, if theyre just scaly not red or anything . I usually get them when I only cowash thats why I need to baking soda wash my hair every 3-4 weeks.
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Really buildup??? I thought dry scalp. Is there anything else besides baking soda, I don't really like, unless I could put it in my shampoo. I only lowpoo or water wash, no conditioner on my scalp, which is surprising me that it would be buildup. It never itches either, until tonight after he took it off.
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Normal porosity
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can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Could be psoriasis. I have patches of it on my scalp that usually flake but sometimes used to come off like that. Mine occasionally become red and itchy but are generally just white, not at all like you think of as psoriasis (if you've ever seen it on other people). I've yet to find a solution (I've had it about 10 years now) so I hope that isn't what it is.
I got my diagnosis from a trichologist btw, my doc thought it was a fungal infection.
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I strongly advise you to consult a dermatologist.

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All great advice here. I would definitely have it checked out, just to rule out any issues. If there is an issue, the dr can help advise how to deal with it. (Could be psoriasis, could be an allergic reaction, could be as simple as build-up.)

You may want to try the brown sugar scrub! I've yet to try it, but I keep meaning to. Basically you just do a co-wash, but you add a tbsp or 2 of brown sugar to it and scrub your scalp. Rinse thoroughly, and condition again if desired.
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Could be psoriasis. I have patches of it on my scalp that usually flake but sometimes used to come off like that. Mine occasionally become red and itchy but are generally just white, not at all like you think of as psoriasis (if you've ever seen it on other people). I've yet to find a solution (I've had it about 10 years now) so I hope that isn't what it is.
I got my diagnosis from a trichologist btw, my doc thought it was a fungal infection.
Originally Posted by Starmie
I have this along the nape of my neck, mostly. It is psoriasis. It itched ALL the time, except when I started CG it mostly went away. I do have chunks of white-yellow stuff sometimes, but the bloody part in mostly gone. It would be good to see a dermatologist if you can to be sure what it is. I found that using tea tree oil helps a LOT. I use trader joes tea tree tingle to co wash for this reason. It has helped, and so I dont know if its the CG or the TTT.
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thanks, for all the advice. I wish here in ALbuquerque there were sincere trichologists, don't think they exist here, there are none period. I've been to two dermatologists and they think my scalp looks clean and when I tell them, they just say it must be *I forget the technical word,* but dandruff. They've never seen the stuff, they just say my scalp has areas that look slightly red, but they've never caught the patches, I don't know how they can't catch it. If it were psoriasis, what's the best thing to help with that, dandruff shampoo for a while?? I've done the brown sugar scruba and you're right, that helps for a few days to keep it clean. I think it must be an internal thing cuz it just comes back. It's like that dry skin that peels off on the bottom of your feet at times.
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can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Could be psoriasis. I have patches of it on my scalp that usually flake but sometimes used to come off like that. Mine occasionally become red and itchy but are generally just white, not at all like you think of as psoriasis (if you've ever seen it on other people). I've yet to find a solution (I've had it about 10 years now) so I hope that isn't what it is.
I got my diagnosis from a trichologist btw, my doc thought it was a fungal infection.
Originally Posted by Starmie
I have this along the nape of my neck, mostly. It is psoriasis. It itched ALL the time, except when I started CG it mostly went away. I do have chunks of white-yellow stuff sometimes, but the bloody part in mostly gone. It would be good to see a dermatologist if you can to be sure what it is. I found that using tea tree oil helps a LOT. I use trader joes tea tree tingle to co wash for this reason. It has helped, and so I dont know if its the CG or the TTT.
Originally Posted by Houseofcurls
I couldn't do cg because it made my scalp worse (didn't do much for my hair either) and I've tried tea tree products and they just make it really dry and more flaky! Just shows we're all different.

All I do to try and keep it under control is to put coconut oil on it before bed then use a nit comb to get all the crud off before I shampoo. I do this every three days or so. I also put cream on it morning and night otherwise it gets sore and dry. I'm never completely clear, some patches do disappear but then another one will pop up in it's place somewhere else.
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My advice after reading more info from you - get a 2nd opinion. See another derm, then another, then another until you get answers.

Sometimes Dr's get so used to what is "typical" of a condition, or seeing it a lot worse, that they will blow off someone that doesn't fit their measure of "having a real problem". But if it's causing you discomfort, if you are having to do scrubs and oil treatments and not combs and etc etc - you have every right to have someone look at it and make some attempts at treating it.

Have you had a blood draw? Checked your thyroid, hormone levels, etc? That may be another step.

Unfortunately we have to stay persistent sometimes to find what we need. And don't feel ashamed to do so!
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It is so frustrating in the doctor world, because you're right, they just hear symptoms, and don't even bother to look or enter in the room, read your charts, and already have an idea of what you have before they meet ya. That kind of is how mine is, like patches that come and go. I'm going to try drinking lime juice mixed with water every day. I saw that doing that helps clear up internally the problems that cause dandruff/psoriasis. Doctors. .. maybe. . . but for now. who knows. what' confuses me, is my patches, are not oily at all, dry skin. so I get tempted to use like coal tar shampoo because it says that helps stop the skin from rejuvenating so fast. . .. but if it's gonna dry me out more, than who knows if it helps. But maybe a few washes with it just to get it under bay. My husband worked the patches off with a comb, gently and today they've yet to come back. although what he did made my head more itchy!
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Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Ugh. How frustrating!!! Well, hopefully you can go see a new doc and actually get someone to take the time to evaluate you. :/

Good luck!!
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Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I have this problem if I wait too long to wash my hair. Like the skin that normally flakes off on other areas of my body doesn't flake off on my scalp and just builds up more and more on the scalp. I can take a fingernail and drag it across the scalp and come away with crud. I realized I had to "wash" my hair at least every 3 days, usually every other day and it mostly went away. I might get flakes stuck in my hair (gross!), but the scalp is finally clean and without crud when I wash it and scrub the scalp good.

I do second tea tree oil. It tends to help me, so the gunk and crud buildup might be fungus related. One of these days I'll try the Monistat trick for hair growth and try to kill two birds with one stone and see if it really is fungal. I just put a couple teaspoons of tea tree oil into my "shampoo" and use it. It doesn't smell too pleasant, but it doesn't linger when I mix it with my shampoo, either.
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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I had this exact same thing when I was younger, it always popped up in the same two places on my scalp. My mom called it "cradle cap", which is technically sebhorreic dermatitis. If you google that, I'm sure diff treatment suggestions will come up. I can't remember what I did to finally get mine to go away...I feel like I used Neutragena T-Gel shampoo and started drying my hair instead of letting it air dry until it was gone, and I haven't had a problem since (15+ years now).
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My husband has found areas in my scalp, when henna=ing my grays, that are like patches of dry skin, I mean he takes off an entire patch, not that huge, but a good size, but he says it's white, not red or irritated at all, but like white scales, flaky dry skin. I have like three areas of good size and one small area. Anyone know what this is called and how to deal with it??? thanks in advance
Originally Posted by mamaherrera
If it's an issue similar to cradle cap or the same issue then Nizoral shampoo (ketoconozale is the active ingredient and the same ingredient that's used to treat yeast infections and other infections of the skin). I agree with others that it would be best to see a dermatologist. Try explaining the situation over the phone with either the doctor's nurse or receptionist to ensure that your voice will be heard in that office before you make the appointment. Also see if the derm can take a sample of the plaques and send them for testing if necessary to positively identify what they are and how to treat.

Also since they clear up before going to the derm, establish a relationship and ask if you can be seen or worked in the same day as they appear so that you can get a diagnosis. Not sure if taking a picture of it will help.
I have the same problem, my deem told me it was sebhorric dermatitis. Once I had a scale on my scalp and my mother touched it, and it cracked off like a shell and fell into dandruff. It was really bad. Now I use a prescription scalp treatment-coconut oil works too. Good luck
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Do not peel the crud off, I know...I know...it's tempting! But when you remove the scab, you open the sore to infection. The crust is there to protect the lesion on the skin.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, so different shampoos won't make it go away, it will keep it from worsening or bothering you, but it won't heal it. If it is psoriasis you need to be diagnosed. Be persistent. Take photos of the patches and show the doctors.
If it's really bugging you, smear some Vicks vapor rub on there, it will soften it and heal it. Its hard to get out of your hair, so I wouldn't put it on your roots on top unless you can stay in for a couple days.
I feel your pain.
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RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
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Always wash upside down.
Thanks so much for sharing. At least I'm not alone. But it is so frustrating to not have good docs in New Mexico. I never knew that each disorder had different treatments. Why dont' I just try each one for psoriasis, what do they do for that one? I now don't have patches, but I still have the crud that you get in the fingernails. Yes I find if I wait to long to wash it gets worse. and I feel like I have ants walking around my scalp at times. I've tried the coal tar shampoo and that seems to help but I never know if I should just use that for a while, it does seem to make my scalp sensitive/dry, so maybe every other day until it clears up? I was told by one derm to not use any oils on my scalp, so I'm scared of that with this issue. But yeah it's so frustrating, how I can just freshly wash my hair, and when it's drying, I can still pull off that crud in my nails, didn't I just wash??? My goodness. I agree with whoever said about drying the hair. I sometimes think that with maybe all the humidity of the scalp staying wet because my hair takes to hours to dry, it's like it stays nice and moist for crap to grow. AUHH. If I put pics on here, would any of you know what it is?? Although it would be hard to get a picture of it. LIke everyone else has said, I can literally scratch my head, and my nail has that white/ yellowish, more white crud. Nizoral made my head really sore, and then after using it I got red pimples in my scalp. so what to do. I know you all aren't docs, but seriously I find more help or at least consolation from you all.
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Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go

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