Itchy Scalp

Itchy scalp (also known as scalp pruritus) occurs when the skin on your scalp becomes dry, tight, and irritated, causing persistent itching. Factors like your environment, cold weather, low humidity, harsh hair products, or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis can contribute to this discomfort. A dry scalp lacks moisture, leading to flakiness and discomfort. Scratching can worsen the itch and may cause redness and inflammation. Itchy scalp treatment involves using moisturising shampoos and conditioners and serums,  avoiding harsh hair products, and maintaining good scalp hygiene to restore moisture balance and alleviate itching.
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A dry, flaky, or itchy scalp can be caused by a number of different factors. Dry skin lacking sufficient moisture often leads to itchiness. Scalp conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis can also trigger itching. Additionally, product build-up from hair products or inadequate cleansing practices may irritate the scalp. Allergic reactions to specific hair care products or ingredients can make itching worse for some individuals. Finally, external factors such as extreme temperatures, humidity, and pollution can contribute to scalp irritation and itching.

To avoid itchy scalp, it’s essential to adopt a few simple practices. Start by choosing a gentle shampoo that’s free from harsh chemicals and fragrances to prevent scalp irritation. Regularly washing your hair with a mild shampoo helps remove dirt, oil, and product buildup that can contribute to itching. Additionally, ensure your scalp stays hydrated by using a moisturising conditioner or scalp treatment. Protect your scalp from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing a hat or applying sunscreen when outdoors. Minimise the use of heated styling tools like hairdryers and straighteners, as they can dry out the scalp. If you have an underlying scalp condition like dandruff or eczema, seek guidance from a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Taking these steps can help maintain a healthy and itch-free scalp.

To treat an itchy scalp effectively, consider incorporating Dermal Therapy’s specialised products into your hair care routine. Start by using Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Shampoo and Conditioner, which are formulated with gentle yet effective ingredients to soothe and moisturise the scalp. These products help alleviate itching while cleansing and conditioning the hair, leaving your scalp feeling refreshed and nourished. For targeted relief, apply Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Serum directly to the affected areas. This serum contains clinically proven ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and Canadian willowherb, known for their soothing and calming properties. Together, these products provide comprehensive relief for itchy scalp, promoting a healthier and more comfortable scalp.

While an itchy scalp itself isn’t a direct indication of hair growth, addressing the underlying causes of the itchiness can contribute to a healthier scalp environment, which may indirectly support hair growth. Itchy scalp can result from various factors such as dryness, irritation, or conditions like dandruff or dermatitis. By using products specifically formulated to soothe and nourish the scalp, such as Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Shampoo and Conditioner, you can alleviate itching and create a more favourable environment for hair follicles to thrive. Ultimately, maintaining good scalp health through proper hygiene and targeted treatments can promote optimal conditions for healthy hair growth.

To relieve itchy scalp with braids, prioritise scalp cleanliness by washing with a sensitive shampoo and conditioner such as Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner. Opt for soothing scalp treatments which are free from SLS, steroid and tar to avoid further irritation. Avoid scratching and instead massage your scalp gently. Consider using Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Serum which calms and soothes an irritated and sensitive scalp in minutes. Loosen tight braids if needed to alleviate tension. These steps, combined with proper hygiene and targeted products, can effectively soothe itching and maintain scalp health while wearing braids.

Yes, stress can contribute to itchy scalp. When under stress, the body releases hormones that can affect the scalp’s oil production, leading to dryness, inflammation, and itching. Additionally, stress weakens the immune system, making the scalp more susceptible to conditions like dandruff or eczema, which can also cause itching. Managing stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle can help alleviate scalp itchiness. You can also try Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner and Scalp Relief Serum.

As hard as it might feel, you should try not to scratch the itchy skin area. Keep fingernails short to prevent breaking the skin, and a cool bath or shower can provide some temporary relief. If you’re using a moisturiser or ointment, try to apply it at least twice a day. Check out our fast-relief clinically tested cream and lotion for itchy skin conditions.

Yes, allergies can be a common cause of itchy scalp. Allergic reactions to certain hair care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, or hair dyes, can lead to scalp irritation and itching. Also if you are allergic to environmental factors like pollen, dust mites, or pet dander – you may get an itchy, dry or flaky scalp. Dermal Therapy can help – try our Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner and Scalp Relief Serum.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can sometimes lead to an itchy scalp. To relieve this discomfort, consider using gentle, fragrance-free shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for sensitive skin (such as Dermal Therapy’s Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner and Scalp Relief Serum).   Avoiding hot water when washing your hair and opting for lukewarm water instead can help prevent further irritation. If itching persists or becomes severe, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying conditions and determine the safest course of itchy scalp treatment during pregnancy.

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Scalp Relief Serum

Love the feeling of running your hands through your hair… without the urge to itch? Try Australia’s first leave-on scalp serum designed to moisturise and soothe dry, irritated scalp – no prescription required.

  • Relieves dry and itchy scalp in minutes
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Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner

Say goodbye to dandruff and irritation while you gently clean and hydrate your scalp with our 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for itchy, dry and flaky scalp.

  • Reduces flaking and calms irritation
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  • Free from soap and SLS for gentle cleansing

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