How do I treat my dandruff when I have eczema? March 31, 2016 00:00

Are you noticing large slightly greasy white flakes on the dark clothing on your shoulders? Or have you recently tried turning your head upside and brushing your scalp with your fingers over black paper? You may have the common cosmetic problem of dandruff! It’s a harmless, non-contagious condition but can be unpleasant and embarrassing for the sufferer. If you also feel that intense itching and patches of flaky skin, then this is a form of eczema known as seborrheic eczema or seborrheic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp by targeting a specific fat found in sebum
(oil released in the scalp) known as oleic acid. This loss of sebum leads to the cells on the scalp losing their stickiness and flaking off. Additionally, it can affect the areas of the face and in and around the ears showing some mild pink patches or in some cases thick crusts of skin.

If you are looking for a convenient and effective treatment of seborrheic dermatitis than give Eczacol a go. This oral supplement (no messy creams to make your hair greasy) goes to the source of the problem and is proven to be an effective relief from these symptoms. For more information on Eczacol click here to head to the store.

Some general tips on managing your hair and scalp

  • Only wash your hair only when you need to. If it’s not greasy then leave it another day.
  • Avoid blow drying your hair – if your scalp is particularly irritated then leave it to dry out naturally. Hot air from hairdryers can really dry out your scalp and increase the problem.
  • Use gentle, natural shampoo or if you are prone to excess oil then wash your hair in products specifically formulated to treat dandruff and oily scalps. These pH neutral shampoos help restore your scalps acid-base balance. Shampoo your hair after sweating heavily as perspiration can be a trigger.
  • Stay away from sharp combs and brushes. Yes, the feeling of these brushes can be bliss for an itchy scalp but it does more damage in the long run. Use ones with smooth plastic and wide tines – it’s much kinder to the skin.

Also hats and headbands can make the scalp hot and sweaty and control the use of styling products as this can irritate the scalp on contact.

Dandruff itself usually clears with the correct hair and skin treatment but it can be a recurring problem. So be on the lookout for those flare-ups or pesky flakes re-appearing.

*Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about eczema and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have eczema, atopic dermatitis or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.