Post # 1
In the last few months my hair has gotten more and more dry. It used to get really oily after a day, but recently it seemed like my scalp just stopped producing oil all together. I started getting rough, itchy patches on my neck and when I showed my instructor at school she ended up looking at my head and told me I definitely had eczema. No shock there, really. My grandma and most of my mom’s side of the family has it.
It is getting worse (heat maybe?) and I am miserable. I have white flakes everywhere from my head peeling and washing my hair makes it feel tight and itchy. My scalp is all gross looking. My hair is super dry and I have been trying to let it build up oil but after like 4 days I gave up and washed it because, well, ew.
Any home remedies? Shampoos or anything you would reccomend? I am using Nioxin scalp recovery now but it ain’t much pumpkin.
Post # 3
@echapman: Get it diagnosed first. Flaking like that is usually an indicator of psoraisis moreso than ezcema.
I find not washing my hair can make things worse. I’ve been using jojoba oil on my skin and scalp and I will add a very tiny amount to my hair sometimes too.
Post # 4
@echapman: This is what my dermatologist friend says:
Change your soap to Dove for Sensitive Skin (the bar), use Cetaphil as a face cleanser and lotion, and switch to Cetaphil or Dove Sensitive Shampoo and Conditioner.
Use a hypoallergenic detergent and NOTHING in the dryer.
Wear clothes that are not skin tight, moisture will get trapped and clog the skin
Hope this helps!! I’ve been there, hoping you a speedy recovery.
Post # 5
I have a similar problem on my scalp. My old (terrible) dermatoligist said “This is what we call really bad dandruff” and then prescribed me some things that made it worse (yeah, one of them was alcohol based… it was a disaster).
I have eczema on my bod, but I think it’s psorisis on my scalp. Fun.
I find that not shampooing everyday helps, but I also switched to a more natural shampoo the last few months and it’s been more under control. Aubrey Organics is the brand. I use the green tea oily formula, but let me warn you that it’s extremely strong (as in removes haircolor strong), and I am switching to a different kind after I finish this bottle.
For a while, I used a shampoo with tea tree oil – I think it was Jason brand? And that helped my scalp a lot.
Anyway I realized the shampoo I use right now strips the oils from my scalp, and in response my scalp has an oily, flakey flare-up.
Oh, I also got a new cholrine-filtering showerhead for my shower, which helped for a bit… but the water in my apartment is severely cholrinated – you can smell it!!
Some people wash their hair with a baking soda mixture, followed by vinegar. I’ve done that, the vinegar worked WONDERS for my scalp! I used apple cider, but plain white vinegar works as well (and smells better, IMO)
I’m really contemplating going “no poo” in the next few months… maybe after the summer, so I can blame the ensuing oily hair on the tempurature change. It takes about 6 weeks for your hair to adjust, but I think my scalp might thank me.
Post # 6
@AB Bride: Yeah you are right. I probably should go get it properly diagnosed. Have you tried coconut oil? I was thinking about trying that.
@PuckBunny: Thanks! Cetaphil breaks my face out, but I have already been using the Dove soap and the mild detergent my whole life due to my super sensitive skin. This could be why I haven’t seen many of these “patches” on my body yet. Great advice though. Maxi dresses from now on.
Post # 7
@echapman: On a side note: I do coconut oil… EVERYWHERE. That shit saved my life this winter. I also use it in my hair, silky smooth.
Post # 8
@echapman: ACIDOPHILUS. Take it (Billions-NOT millions of live cells) either in pill form or in liquid (I use a strawberry flavored one that comes in a glass bottle that’s in the refrigerated section at Wegmans) but you can take it in pill form too.
I had excema for about 3 years about 10 years ago. Real bad, insides of my elbows, neck, eyes, hands. My skin was raw all the time. I went to several doctors and all they would give me was a steroid cream and told me to use hyrdocortisone. I begged to have an alergy test done and nothing showed up. Finally one day I was reading some article in a health magazine about a study they did with Stonyfield organic yogurt helping excema. I tried it (a cup a day) and within days my excema was clearing up. I’m not a big yogurt fan so I looked into what it was in the yogurt that was helping the excema and it’s acidopholus. I need about 3 billion live cells a day to keep it away. If I stop taking it, within a few days the itchiness starts up again.
A bonus to acidophilus—My stomach used to not like a lot of foods and would hurt a lot after eating strawberries, corn, etc and I never get upset stomach anymore. It helps your digestive system as well.
Post # 9
@echapman: I’ve used coconut oil in the past. I find it works better to soothe a spot that feels hot and itchy, or to protect my skin (like before going outside in the winter). Jojoba oil is better at moisturizing because it penetrates into the skin better.
Post # 10
A life-long ezcema sufferer here:
A tip: AVOID anti dandruff shampoo such as Head and Shoulders…. that stuff stings like hell and is not suitable for eczema-y skin.
I use a brand we have in the UK called “Simple” which has no alcohol, no scents, no abbrasives to avoid aggravating the skin.
I am allergic to nuts and nut oils so sadly I cannot use those types of shampoos but nut oils are supposed to be good for skin.
It sure sucks to be allergic 🙁
Post # 11
Switch to a natural shampoo and conditioner. Whole foods has tons of options, I use and love a brand called acure.
Also try this stuff:
you can get it at whole foods. I don’t have eczema/psoriasis but I use other products from this brand that work like magic.