Itchy, Dry, and Sensitive Scalp
About every 1 in 2 people suffers from a scalp condition of some sort, and a lot of these issues are very often caused by dandruff. As your scalp becomes overrun by the dandruff-causing fungus, also known as Malassezia globosa, your scalp responds not just by rapidly shedding cells, which leads to flakes, but can become irritated, itchy and dry, too. It becomes a true challenge when this yeast infection on the scalp morphs the condition into dandruff.
With dandruff, your scalp is either on oil overdrive or super sensitive. Symptoms can include an itching, burning, tingling, painful sensation, apart from visible flakes. Causes could be an improper diet, hair care or even pollution in your environment. Determining how and why your scalp is reacting is the first step.
Itchy and Dry Scalp
Itchy scalp is a side effect of when skin cells are weakened, allowing moisture to escape, leaving your skin feeling dry and tight. These symptoms can range from mildly annoying to severe. You may have an itchy and dry scalp if you have the following:
• You’re frequently scratching your scalp.
Some people unconsciously even scratch in their sleep. Itching an already delicate scalp can cause more skin damage from a scalp already suffering from dandruff. You need to bring moisture back and get to the root of the cause. Prevent any more damage with a good, dandruff-targeting shampoo.
• Your scalp may be red and itchy or also very tight.
The inflammation of the scalp leads to irritation and worse, longer-lasting scalp conditions.
• You have frizzy, dry or even uncharacteristically oily or greasy hair.
Because the dandruff is throwing off your scalp’s moisture levels and preventing hair follicles from optimal moisture distribution. Your scalp’s defense system may also be on hyperdrive after being attacked by dandruff. Any flakes in this case can appear smaller and whiter.
You might be having an allergic reaction, or you may be overdoing something in your hair care routine. You might have a sensitive scalp if you have the following:
• Your scalp reacts badly to many shampoos or hair products:
A lot of shampoos may contain harsh cleansers or chemicals. You need a shampoo that helps keep dandruff under control, without any harsh ingredients that can strip the skin of oils and contribute to dryness.
• Do you wash too often? Overuse the dryer?
Ignoring or overdoing a step in your hair routine could be contributing to your scalp sensitivities.
• You’ve recently been exposed.
Exposure to one or more of the major causes listed above, especially if your symptoms developed soon afterwards, like small bumps signaling irritation.
• You’re sunburned.
A lot of times people forget to protective headgear during long bouts of sun exposure. Remember, scalp is skin too.
Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp or Sensitive Scalp
Dandruff is different than simply having a dry and itchy scalp and is also different from having a sensitive scalp. Dandruff flakes are typically larger and greasier-looking than what is seen with dry scalp. A dandruff-ridden scalp can also feel greasier, itchier and scalier than regular dry scalps. This inflamed scalp may produce flakes that have a slightly yellow tint.
Determine whether your scalp is dry, sensitive or dandruff-ridden. Most dandruff can be treated with a shampoo. Try any one of our Anti-Dandruff Shampoos—giving you a sensorial experience and proven to remove visible dandruff flakes!