Post # 1
For years and years I’ve always had a really big scalp problem. Those little white skin cells show up everywhere, and it doesn’t help that my work outfits have to have a degree of black in them due to my job!
Dandruff shampoes have never worked for me so it has led me to beleive that it isn’t dandruff. I’ve calmed it down a little bit by using only natural shampoo, washing my hair every other day, and conditioning only the ends. But they still get everywhere and it makes me really self concious around customers and co-workers.
Anybody else deal with this problem and how do you manage it?/eliminate it?
Post # 2
I. Feel. Your. Pain. This sucks, it’s stressful and can have a big impact on your work & social life, self esteem, etc.
You could have a condition that is more than just run of the mill dry skin/dandruff, such as the one I have which is called seborreic dermatitis. SD is an inflammatory condition having to do with a yeast overgrowth on the skin and it can be very, very stubborn and difficult to manage.
There are no OTC products that help me at all. I’m on a cocktail of prescription strength steroid and anti fungal creams/lotions/shampoos to the tune of $1100 a month. Unfortunately the medicines are not currently managing it very well & they are awful on my (once beautiful) hair. My next step in treatment is the oral drug lamisil, I hope to god it works because that’s kinda the last thing left on the table at this point.
There are other conditions besides SD that may also need the help of a dermatologist/prescription drugs to manage. Light therapy tends to work in a wide range of these conditions but unfortunately, it’s hard to reach the scalp with this method. Stress is a major contributor to flare ups. There might be some supplements you can take to help too, such as caprylic acid, garlic, oregeno & probiotics.
See a dermatologist, they’ll sort you out. I hope you get some improvement.
Post # 3
Seconding seborrheic dermatitis. Nizoral shampoo (cheap on Amazon!) and sulfate-free shampoos keep mine mostly at bay. Occasional flare ups still happen, mainly when the seasons change.
Post # 4
Definitely see a dermatologist. I have bad scalp build up that only is kept at bay with salicylic acid shampoo once a week. Doc prescribed it to me and it works. See if maybe a dermatologist can help you out
Post # 5
I’m battling something similar. I don’t get full dandruff/flakes, but I get build up on my scalp and it gets really itchy. I use salicylic acid shampoo and it helps some, but not enough at times.
I found cutting out as much sugar as I can from my diet helps to get some relief, doesn’t go away but isn’t as bad.
A few weeks ago it got bad so I looked up home remedies, as I currently have no insurance so seeing a dermatologist isn’t in the finances at the moment. I used coconut oil and rubbed it into my scalp, wrapped my head in a towel soaked in hot water, then wrapped the towel with a plastic bag. This was to try to keep the heat on my head as best I could with what I had. I left it on about 20-30 minutes, rinsed it out well as coconut oil can make my hair look really greasy, and rinsed with apple cider vinegar. This helped since it was so bad.
Like I said, mine is a bit different than yours but I wanted to share what I had found that helps me. Good luck.
Post # 6
babygrandmabee: I have the similar issue….try using Aveeno shampoo. That’s the only one that actually cleans my hair and scalp. I also wash my hair 2-3 times in each shower. I use that daily and a salycilic acid/sulfa shampoo once a week.
Eta: make sure you also scrub your scalp with your nails/fingertips when you shampoo. I also let my shampoo sit on my hair for a few minutes before I rinse.
Post # 7
I’ve been dealing with this on and off my whole life but have found ‘Neways’ shampoo to be the best thing for it. I have also had problems with eczema and dermatitis since I was a teenager and have kept things under control with prescription creams. I have an ointment from the doctor for my scalp which helps, so would definitely see a dermatologist or doctor about it.
Post # 8
Fiance has same issue! hes never been diagnosed but he has similar dry patches all over his arms and legs and back. Might be psoriasis? I’m sorry you have to deal with it!! 🙁
Post # 9
See a derm. I’ve also used apple cider vinegar, pour over scalp in the shower (close your eyes!). Massage in, then shampoo out. I then use a conditioner on everywhere but the roots. I tend to sunburn quickly so this helps balance the PH.
Post # 10
It sounds like psoriasa. If your in Australia I would recommend you get a shampoo, conditioner and toner combo called “Delorenzo Tricho”. Works perfectly. Hopefully there is another product for others that is the same.
Post # 11
happypuppy32: Darling Husband had a similar issue. He tried dermatologist shampoos and they worked some. What’s worked best so far is using sulfate free shampoo/conditioners and coconut oil
Post # 12
I had trouble with seborrheic dermatitis for a while too. I was losing a lot of hair because my scalp was so irritated. I went to a dermatologist and they gave me a shampoo called ketoconazole to treat the dermatitis and a steroid treatment to reduce the inflamation. I would rub it on every other day and rinse it off after 5 minutes. Eventually I was able to phase out of using it and now I use a shampoo from Trader Joes that is sulfate free and has tea tree oil and rosemary oil in it. I would definitely try going to a dermatologist.