How Healthy Is Your Scalp?
Snowflakes scattered on your shoulders, but you haven’t been near Ceres? Itchy, flaky scalp is no joke.
You could just be experiencing normal dryness due to the lack of moisture in the air – but you could also have seborrhoeic dermatitis, a skin condition caused by an overgrowth of harmless yeast that lives in your oil glands if you’re genetically susceptible.
Knowing how bad the flaky problem really is will help identify which treatment you need. Some remedies are targeted for basic dryness, while others are stronger and work towards fighting the yeast buildup. Allow dermatologist Dr Paradi Mirmirani to diagnose the root issues:
If it’s flaking
Dandruff (white specks) is the main reason for a scaly scalp, so try an anti-flake shampoo first. Still shedding after a week? See a derm for a stronger strength shampoo and check for psoriasis, which may require a prescription.
If it’s red and itchy
It’s likely contact dermatitis – an allergic reaction commonly caused by sensitivity to harsh ingredients like those in hair sprays and dyes. Ditch those, then dial your doc if it doesn’t clear up.
If it’s bumpy, rough or scabby
Seek medical attention, asap. Pustules, small bumps or crusty scabs may be harmless, but they can also be signs of bacterial infections or other serious conditions, including skin cancer.