itchy scalp and stuff under fingernails

Hi curlies

I'm having a bit troubles with my scalp.
I've always had an itchy scalp and stuff under my fingernails after I scratched my scalp. This isn't something new to me, but I still want to get rid of it.

Yesterday I did a sugarscrub (raw sugar mix with conditioner and then: scrub scrub scrub) and it worked great. I already have done that thing a couple of times (like 5-10 times) and it always works great! (I loooove sugarscrubs).
Now, the thing is that my scalp only doesn't feel itchy and that I only don't get stuff under my fingernails the day I do the sugarscrub.
So yesterday it felt really good for the entire day.
Today, I'm having itchies again and whenever I scratch, there's this stuff under my fingernails again.
I didn't put any product on my hair between yesterday and now (I only use product on wash day, which is 2-3 times a week depending on if I go for a swim or not) so I feel like it isn't productbuildup I guess.

Does anyone now why this would be happening and how I can fix it? As said, I love sugarscrubs, but I can't do that every single day since I don't wet my hair everyday (and I really don't want to wet my hair everyday either).

Thank you!

Ps: I don't know if this has anything to do with this at all, but I'm having fairly dry skin all over my body and had eczema on my face, but the eczema disappeared when I stopped using sulfates... (long live CG for liberating me from eczema)
My atopic eczema also disappeared when I quit sulphates!

The most important thing is to get a formal diagnosis from your family doctor, otherwise any amateur treatment for an amateur diagnosis risks worsening the problem. TBH there is a fair chance you have seborrhoeic dermatitis but everything I say hereafter is fairly general and will suit more than one dermatological complaint.

Firstly review your diet and lifestyle, ensure your diet is anti inflammatory and nutrient dense. Especially look at your intake of oily fish and other healthy fats, eating plenty of fat in total is important, as well as the ratio of omega-3s (more) to omega-6s (less). Also cut out sugar and white/ refined carbs, eat low glycaemic index and low glycaemic load carbohydrates.

Don't use anything or near your scalp that is rich in oleic acid, stearic acid or palmitic acid, that means most plant oils and butters are to be avoided. Cleanse the sebum away regularly, ideally every second day, with a super gentle shampoo at pH 4.5 to 5.5 if possible. You might consider Regenepure (contains the anti fungal ketoconazole but is general scalp care) or Komaza Care Moja shampoo.
http://www.regenepure.com/complete-l...redients.html/
http://www.komazahaircare.com/

NEVER EVER scratch and do not scrub, use cold compresses if you itch or you risk getting stuck in the 'itch-scratch cycle' and damaging your skin barrier further. Wash in cool not hot water, do not use towel turbans nor steam your scalp, try to avoid getting sweaty - heat and scratching increase irritation/ inflammation and histamine release. If you find sugar beneficial instead of scrubbing with that try soaking your scalp in raw honey for a few hours, this does have some scientific backing in dermatological complaints including SD.

Swimming in chlorine won't help long term, that will destroy the acid mantle including the beneficial skin flora, increase irritation and inflammation, dehydrate the skin. If swimming is important to you, be sure none of the pool water touches your scalp, this might be a good time to do the honey soaks under a close fitting swim cap, *maybe* layered with coconut oil for extra protection (but do patch tests first!). The dry skin on your body may also be related to your swimming.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Ok I will try to answer to what you said

1) I had seborrhoeic eczema diagnosed on my forehead, eyelids (even the insides, which hurts like hell I can tell you), and mouth-area.

2) about diet: I'm already doing everything you said.

3) I'm using rainforest radiance shampoo which is sulfatefree and I think the PH value is good as well, I use it once a week, upto 3 times a week depending on how my hair is feeling (and depending on if I wet my hair twice or 3 times a week)

4) I can understand that scratching isn't good, and I try to do that as few as possible, but sometimes I just can't help myself.
But why is the scrubbing bad? That seems to be the only thing that helps? (although only for one day)

5) I only swim once a week, and our swimming pool doesn't use a lot of chlorine compared to other swimming pools. My dry skin isn't caused by the swimming (I have dry skin for 22 years now, and I started swimming again 4,5 months ago, funny thing: swimming helped me embracing my curls since one day I fell asleep after swimming before I could blowdry and flat iron my hair )
I already have tried a swimming cap, but that doesn't seem to work for me (I get serious headaches because of swimmingcaps, don't know why)
Are you sure the pH of the Body Shop stuff is as low as 4.5 to 5.5? They don't advertise that AFAIK, most commercial products are 'pH balanced' which is 7/ neutral.

If the pool is too lightly chlorinated to affect your skin flora it's too lightly chlorinated to kill bacteria in the pool, there is a minimum that is effective, they should be testing regularly and it has nothing to do with how chlorine-y the pool smells. If you cannot wear a swim cap I don't have a solution for you, since anything you apply to your scalp can contaminate the water, but maybe someone else will.

Scrubbing at your scalp with sugar crystals is similar to scratching, it can damage the skin barrier, increase irritation or inflammation. As I said, use cold compresses if you itch, they often work like a dream, perhaps keep gel packs in your refrigerator?

Acidic haircare products may help loosen any build up, you may find honey soaks do, you could try live yoghurt because lactic acid is a mild keratolytic (loosens keratin) and it also contains beneficial bacteria, allantoin and urea are also mild keratolytics if you see those in products. Aloe vera inner leaf gel is proven anti inflammatory and healing.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Would it even be buildup?
I don't think it is, because: isn't build-up something that is caused by adding product?
So Sundaymorning I did the sugarscrub, and the rest of Sunday my scalp was absolutely fine.It didn't itch, and I didn't have this "stuff" on my scalp (my scalp felt "smooth"). Monday it started to itch again and my scalp didn't feel smooth anymore, as if there was a small layer of dirt covering it .

About the rainforest shampoo: I thought it to be ok with PH since it had citric acid in it, but then again I looked it up and I can't seem to find the ph value.

Swimming pool: I have seen test results of the swimming water a couple of months ago (they have there test results on their website) and they use the minimum effective amount of chlorine. Probably also because 2 times a week they totally clean their swimming pool (they get the water out, clean it and fill it with new water).
Only a medical professional can diagnose you, but why would you get product build up in one day? It's more likely sebum and/ or dead skin cells that are being sacrificed to protect your scalp from 'attack' - it might be trying to protect itself from being over-exfoliated (scrubbed), from being stripped by a harsh cleanser, from an irritant in another product, from its own sebum, from waste products of microbes on the surface, from the pool water, or some combination of these.

Your medical history is highly relevant, that suggests you have a faulty skin barrier, so need to respect it more than someone with healthy skin. IMO stop doing as much as possible that your scalp could view as an 'attack' and let the protective acid mantle/ beneficial skin flora regenerate. And also get a formal diagnosis so you know exactly what you are trying to treat.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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