A dry, itchy or stinging scalp, and one that maybe also suffers from dandruff, can have a variety of causes.
Such scalp problems could be caused by external influences. For instance, the weather can affect the scalp. In winter, these would be the cold air outside and the dry, heated air inside. In summer, the hot, dry air is compounded by the effects of the sun. Even regularly swimming in chlorinated water can dry out the scalp.
Further causes include neurodermatitis, psoriasis or even the natural ageing process. The latter is often accompanied by disruption of the natural skin barrier, which is no longer sufficiently stable and has many deficiencies. The skin then loses too much moisture and starts to dry out. The skin becomes taut and itchy, followed by increased formation of dandruff.
Caring for a dry scalp
Depending on your own care habits, bathing too often, long sessions with the hair-dryer, hairstyling products, dye and bleach can all cause additional irritations to a dry scalp. It is therefore all the more important for those with extremely dry skin or a tendency to neurodermatitis or psoriasis to use the right shampoo for cleansing hair and the scalp.
The wrong shampoo:
Believing that an anti-dandruff shampoo can help an extremely dry or flaky scalp is unfortunately often wrong. In fact, these products can often cause more damage to the skin and increase the sensations of stinging and itchiness.
The right shampoo:
A suitable shampoo will not dry out the scalp further. The scalp and hair should be cleansed gently, for example, with Linola Shampoo.
In addition, take care not to shower or bathe in water that is too hot because this places extra stress on the skin and hair. The ideal temperature is between 32°C and 36°C.