Flaky Scalp (2) - WatsonsHealth


A flaky scalp may be due to dandruff and other inflammatory skin diseases like eczema.

Some factors which could lead to dandruff include:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes, like puberty
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Eating excessive-sugar, spicy, or excessive-salt foods
  • Lack of vitamins like fatty acids and vitamin B
  • Weather changes
  • Stress
  • Dry skin. Dry skin in the scalp can bring about skin peeling and this may be due to dandruff.
  • Hair loss. Scalp inflammation can also affect hair growth, and further leads to hair loss.
  • Itch. Dandruff can bring about itchy scalp.

Flaking of the scalp, or dandruff, is a common cosmetic problem experienced by many people. Some cases of dandruff followed by excessive itching and patches of flaky skin on the face or some other place are signs of eczema known as seborrheic eczema.


  • Wash your hair often. This helps take the flakes off your head. Some people want to shampoo every day; others, less frequently. You can use regular shampoo if you have slight dandruff.
  • If plenty of washes with a ordinary shampoo aren’t effective, try dandruff shampoo. Start by using it often. Use other shampoos in between. Different manufacturers of dandruff shampoo include different ingredients, so pick the one which is proper for you. Look for selenium sulfide, tar-primarily based, zinc pyrithione, or salicylic acid shampoos.
  • When you use dandruff shampoo, lather twice and permit the lather to sit for five minutes. This allows the shampoo to work better.
  • Use a conditioner after a dandruff shampoo. It will protect your hair against dryness.
  • Try not to scratch if flakes itch. You won’t end the flaking and you may cause bleeding or hair loss, making the problem worse.

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