WHAT CAUSES ITCHY SCALP?
IS IT ECZEMA, OR JUST THE WRONG SHAMPOO?

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Itchy scalp may be linked to scalp disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis (scalp eczema), or psoriasis. But in less severe cases, it is just mild dermatitis (irritated skin) triggered by harsh shampoos and aggressive blow-drying. Here are some steps to take if you suffer from scalp dermatitis:

• Use a gentle shampoo
• Avoid over-use of exfoliant treatment shampoos (keratolytic shampoos)
• Rinse your hair thoroughly after washing
• Blow-dry and style hair gently
• Avoid stressful situations

CAUSES OF ITCHY SCALP INCLUDE
SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS, ECZEMA,
DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS, PSORIASIS,
OR EVEN NITS

How can itchy scalp best be treated? Read on for the dermatologist’s perspective.

Dermatologists first examine the scalp to see if it displays seborrheic dermatitis (also known as scalp eczema), psoriasis, or any other condition. These scalp disorders show extensive redness and scaling of the skin. It could also be a straightforward case of lice, so they systematically look for nits

MOST OFTEN, SCALP DERMATITIS IS CAUSED
BY SHAMPOO AND BLOW-DRYING

However, dermatologists most often see simple, fine and adherent dandruff with a little redness. This is caused by skin irritation due to external products.

Dermatologists ask their patients how often they wash their hair and what type of shampoo they use. Washing your hair too often with inappropriate shampoo can cause chronic irritation, which is a source of itchiness. This becomes a vicious circle as scratching the scalp provokes inflammation. Drying hair with a hair dryer that is set too high can also harm the scalp. And, don’t underestimate stress, which often triggers itchiness.

FIRST, TREAT THE CAUSE OF SCALP ECZEMA

There are highly effective treatments for scalp eczema and seborrheic dermatitis. These include anti-fungal shampoos and topical steroids.

SENSITIVE SCALPS NEED
THE GENTLEST OF CARE

But if the source of irritation is external, it is very important to use a gentle shampoo, thoroughly rinse the hair and not use exfoliant (keratolytic) shampoo on a daily basis. There are also cosmetic products that can be applied after washing hair to soothe overly sensitive scalps. Blow-drying and styling hair must be done gently. Dermatologists also point out that avoiding stressful situations is important as stress can trigger increased sensitivity.

TRUE
OR FALSE

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TO PUT AN END TO DRY SKIN, IT'S IMPORTANT
TO KEEP HYDRATED.

TRUE TRUE-ANSWER

Eczema is caused by a deficiency in skin’s natural protective layer of lipids (its barrier function). That’s why it’s important to keep dry eczema-prone skin hydrated using a targeted moisturiser regularly and consistently, with appropriate skincare products such as Lipikar Baume AP+ or Lipikar Fluide.
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SCRATCHING ECZEMA
STOPS IT FROM ITCHING.

FALSE WRONG-ANSWER

Scratching triggersthe vicious circle of atopy: fingernails damage the already fragile skin,allowing more allergens and irritant agents to penetrate, leading to even more scratching and more damaged skin. LIPIKAR Baume AP+ replenishes skins’ surface lipids, helping to space out flare-ups and reducing night-time scratching byhalf.
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DRYING YOUR SKIN WITH
A HAIRDRYER CAN HELP YOUR ECZEMA.

FALSE WRONG-ANSWER

This is highly NOT recommended.Drying with a hair dryer is a potential eczema trigger that can cause flare-upsby “attacking” the skin and destroying the lipid film that protects it, furtheraggravating dry skin eczema. Worse still, it could burn your delicate skin.
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ATOPIC DERMATITIS
CAN BE CONTAGIOUS.

FALSE WRONG-ANSWER

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a genetic disease and is in no way contagious. The treatment for atopic dermatitis symptoms is based on soap substitutes, emollients and topical corticosteroids.
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