THE scalp/skin issues thread

I have been CG for about six months and over that time I have seen way too many posts on itchy, dry scalp issues. I have decided to start this thread with the hope that it will get all the info in one place. I have included an edited response I just posted in another thread, I have removed the OP's personal info.


Hey Curly Girls. I've posted about my dry scalp before and nothing has helped! Here's what I have tried:
-Hot Oil treatments
-Tea Tree Oil (the oil and the shampoo)
-Pure Moroccan Argan Oil
-Brown sugar scrubs
-Dandruff shampoos
I am not a Dr or expert but I do have allergies to certain chemicals and preservatives that give me dry, itchy, rashy skin so I can relate. I can only speak from experience with my own skin, you're best bet is always to get your condition formally diagnosed.

There are many possible causes of skin problems:
Allergies to skin and haircare ingredients
SLS and other harsh, drying chemicals
Diagnosed disorders like dandruff, dermatitis, psoriasis, etc
Systemic disorders like thyroid issues

All that said, I know everything you've tried is what is reccomended here by other curlies but NONE of them will moisturize or heal itchy skin:

-Hot Oil treatments, Pure Moroccan Argan Oil:
Oils DO NOT provide moisture, they can only seal in moisture (water + emollients) that was previously applied. Some hot oils may be made from penetrating oils and protein and may help the hair but I'm not sure how this would translate to the scalp.

-Tea Tree Oil (the oil and the shampoo), peppermint, menthol, etc:
Some of these have antiseptic properties. All cause a tingling sensation that tricks/distracts the itch/pain receptors in your skin, this is a temporary result. All are known sensitizers and can lead to worse problems later (this was a lot of my issue).

-Brown sugar scrubs:
This is the same as scratching a bug bite, it damages the skins natural barrier and causes more damage and can also release more histamine to the area which causes more itching (if cause is allergic/inflammatory).

-Dandruff shampoos:
If you actually have dandruff this may help, however most dandruff poo's contain SLS and other harsh ingredients. If you don't have dandruff, it won't help and may make the issue worse.

Going CG with the right products should help:
Try a water-based cowash with emollient ingredients and few oils/butters, something with some protein may help too. I personally feel its best to avoid the mainstream, chemical laden products in favor of more natural brands. However, many 'natural' ingredients are sensitizers too and could cause dryness, itching, etc, etc

Your best bet is to educate yourself:
Paulaschoice.com has an ingredient dictionary, Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary A - Z: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice, and lots of great articles on skincare. She is not CG but she knows about skin issues (and your scalp is skin), most of what I've detailed above I learned from reading through her site and it has absolutely helped my skin issues. There are many other ingredient websites if a specific ingredient isn't listed.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
Thank you for inviting me to contribute to the thread.

I have a couple of key things to add which overlaps with the OP. Firstly please do not self treat based on a self diagnosis nor offer home remedies unless you have up to date knowledge of dermatology. Scalp problems can be seborrhoeic dermatitis (greasy dandruff), atopic eczema (AKA atopic dermatitis), allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, psoriasis, xerosis (simple dry scalp) with pruritis (itching) or folliculitis. Dermatitis is far more common than psoriasis or xerosis, yet the latter seems to be one of the most common self diagnoses.

Depending on the severity the presentation or symptoms may be very similar, effective remedies are not, in fact what will improve one will often WORSEN another. That includes putting foodstuff on the scalp, just because it's safe to eat does NOT make it safe to apply to damaged skin. For example most plant oils are a terrible idea in seborrhoeic dermatitis: the fatty acid oleic acid is an irritant, stearic and palmitic acids feed the malassezia yeast.

The one home remedy that is safe and beneficial for most dermatological complaints is diet modification. Look to be eating an anti inflammatory nutrient dense wholefood diet. Most of us eat far too little oily fish, mineral and fibre rich foods, fruit and veggies; far too much sugar, muscle meats from farmed land animals, white/ refined carbohydrates. The standard UK/ US diet is highly inflammatory, I rarely see a nutrition client who is meeting all our minimum recommendations for healthy eating, let alone optimum nutrition.

HTH.
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/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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