Itchy Scalp: Dry Skin, Dandruff or Worse?

When your scalp itches, all you want to do is know why it’s happening and how to make it stop forever. Itchy scalps can be caused by various reasons, from dandruff to dry skin and even psoriasis. Let’s dig in and help you learn more about each:

If your scalp is dry and itchy and you see flakes on your hair or clothing, you may have dandruff. To relieve and prevent further flaking, utilize dandruff shampoos and scalp treatments. If the issue continues, your local dermatologist will be able to find a treatment plan to help.

Atopic Dermatitis
If you have a type of eczema known as atopic dermatitis, it can develop on your scalp. When this happens, you can have redness and scales on your scalp that lead to itchiness. A board-certified dermatologist can evaluate your condition first, and best provides treatment for atopic dermatitis.

Scalp Psoriasis
About 50% of the people who have plaque psoriasis experience a flare-up on the scalp at some point. On the scalp, you may have reddish patches, dandruff-like flaking, silvery-white scale, and a dry scalp. Scalp psoriasis is often itchy, with the itch ranging from mild to intense.  There are many treatments for scalp psoriasis. Some people get relief from a medicated shampoo, while others require a dermatologist-prescribed treatment plan.

Hair Product Reaction
A common cause of the itch is using dry shampoo too often or leaving it in your hair for prolonged periods without washing it out. This buildup of product on your scalp can lead to itching. If used daily, it can create problems, including dryness, flaking, and inflamed scalp, and aggravate other conditions, like seborrheic dermatitis. If you think this may be your cause of itchiness, start by reducing the amount of dry shampoo you use and increasing the amount of days per week you wash your hair.

Suffering from an itchy scalp?
Our board-certified dermatologists at Forefront Dermatology are here to help determine the cause of your itch. Find a dermatologist near you today to schedule your appointment.