Got Eczema On Your Scalp? We Know A Secret!

Got Eczema On Your Scalp? We Know A Secret!

Scalp Eczema: What Is It and How Do You Deal With It?

Eczema can be hard to handle on the skin but on the scalp? Scalp eczema can be very difficult and frustrating to understand, control, and keep at bay but the following article provides some insight on root causes and treatments to use to reduce discomfort.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition where the skin becomes inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and very rough. This term is usually used to generally describe common skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, and nummular eczema. Although there are several types of eczema, the most common type is atopic dermatitis. Along with the previously listed effects, the skin of those who suffer from eczema may start to blister if not treated properly. Some things that can cause such reactions are the consumption of certain foods like tomatoes, nuts, and dairy. The specific effects of eating such foods vary depending on the age of the candidate. Although this may be the case, most reactions result in red and itchy bumps that are very hard to resist scratching. Along with the consumption of certain foods, various environmental aspects, such as smoke and pollen, can cause the irritation of eczema. Despite the redness and itchy qualities eczema has, it is not contagious.

Scalp Eczema

What is Scalp Eczema?

Scalp Eczema is a more specific type of eczema that affects the scalp. It causes your scalp to become itchy, dry, and inflamed which can be very uncomfortable for the person experiencing these symptoms. The most common type of scalp eczema is seborrheic dermatitis. It’s a most visible symptom is dandruff. In conjunction, those who suffer from this form of eczema may also have redness, scaly patches, swelling, itchiness, and burning in the affected areas of the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis normally begins to develop during puberty or during adulthood. If these symptoms are seen in infants, it is genuinely referred to as cradle cap. Luckily, most cases of cradle cap tend to dissipate by the time the infant is one year old. 

Eczema and Dandruff

Just like regular eczema, scalp eczema can be made worse by the naturally occurring oils and fungus formed on the skin. The two main natural irritants are sebum (yeast that lives on the skin) and Malassezia (skin fungus). High levels of sebum on the skin cause greasy scales to develop on the scalp because of it’s waxy and fatty makeup. On the other hand, dandruff is caused when Malassezia fungus irritates the sebaceous glands on the scalp which triggers the body’s immune system to respond unnecessarily which causes scaly rashes.

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What Causes Skin Eczema?

Although the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis isn’t known, it is known to be caused by genetics, hormonal changes, or abnormal responses from the immune system. Anyone has the likelihood of having or developing this form of eczema. However, one may be more susceptible to getting it if you;

  1. Have depression 
  2. Have another skin condition (acne, rosacea, psoriasis) 
  3. Take medications that have interferon, lithium, or psoralen 
  4. Have a preexisting condition that affects your immune system (organ transplant, HIV, or Parkinson’s Disease) 

Along with the aforementioned likely causes or contributors to causing or developing seborrheic eczema, it also has a tendency to occur at specific times. Triggers consist of stress, contact with harsh chemicals, illness, or hormone changes. Because seborrheic eczema can be caused or irritated by contact, it has triggers or irritants that cause unbearable inflammation in affected areas. A study was conducted to determine the most common irritants for scalp eczema and it was concluded that Balsam of Peru, cobalt, fragrances, and nickel was the most frequent to blame. It is advised to stay away from making contact with these items to decrease the likelihood of causing inflammation.

How Is Scalp Eczema Treated?

Despite the fact that scalp eczema cannot be cured, there are ways to manage life with it. The most effective and combative thing to use to fight against scalp eczema is shampoo. If one suffers from this form of eczema, it is highly recommended to use a shampoo with the following ingredients; 

  1. Zinc Pyrithione 
  2. Salicylic acid 
  3. Selenium sulfide 
  4. Ketoconazole 
  5. Coal tar 

If the seborrheic eczema is in the mild stages, antifungal creams, sprays, and or ointments are quite effective. These remedies generally have coal tar or corticosteroids in them which help decrease irritation and slowly decrease flaking over time. Sometimes, doctors may find it necessary to prescribe non-corticosteroid medicines in the form of topical drugs that suppress the immune system. The most common one is called calcineurin inhibitors. This can be used for extended periods of time until improvements are seen. In cases of scalp eczema become extremely severe, doctors prescribe oral antifungal medications to provide quicker relief.

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Scalp eczema thought to be difficult and frustrating to understand and control just got that much easier to control. Like any other eczema, treatments take time to work before physical results are seen but the relief is felt right away. Scalp eczema may be a pain, but once you’ve found the right treatments to use as well as the things to stay away from, life with Seborrheic Dermatitis becomes that much easier. 

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Afraid to Go to the Barbers or Hairdressers With Eczema?

Afraid to Go to the Barbers or Hairdressers With Eczema?

The title of this post ‘Afraid to go to the Barbers or Hairdressers with eczema?‘ is what I was like for many years.

Are you afraid to go to the barbers like I was?

I can still remember the day I started to be afraid of going to the barber due to my eczema 37 years later.

I went to my local barber at the weekend where all my school friend went, I was about 10 or 11.

It was a very small barbers, and when I say small I mean it. You could fit about 10 people in this little men’s barbers shop. It was right next to our school and on my walk home.

They always had sports on a radio in the corner and we all sat there like old men waiting for our turn to sit in the one chair he had.

No fancy large salons for us, it was cheap and no frills type of haircutting.

After some time it was finally my turn. I got up and walk to the seat and he put the blanket around my neck and started to cut my hair.

I noticed in the mirror, sat behind me also waiting for their hair cutting was 4-5 of what I would call TOP BOYS in our school.

You know the ones, the ones everyone wanted to be like. They had everything, the looks, the girls, and the fancy clothes. Looking back now I wasn’t really bothered about all that. I just wanted skin that looked normal so I didn’t have to hide away from things like sports day or swimming.

Get on with it, What happened?

Anyway, there I was having my haircut when the barber suddenly stopped!

What’s wrong I asked?

He said at the top of his voice… ‘ You have terrible dandruff, I can’t cut your hair’

‘What? I replied. What do you mean you can’t cut my hair? You’ve started!

At that point, all the TOP BOYS started to laugh at me. I can remember looking in the mirror, looking back at them all laughing at me. I will never forget the look in their faces.

What did I do?

I simply run out of the barber’s shop with half my hair cut and went home to my mum. Obviously, she comforted me until I stopped crying ( About an hour ) then she told me to stay at home and she would be back soon.

She was gone for nearly 2 hours, at that time we didn’t have a car, and I later found out she had got on a bus and traveled for over 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back to the nearest town to buy an electric hair shaver for me.

She came home and said this is the answer, you’ll never have to go to barbers ever again.

I can’t remember the first one she ever bought me but I’m currently using the Babyliss men’s shaver and it’s great, but the best one I ever had was the Philips Norelco ALL IN ONE shaver and it was cheap.

They are easy to use and it takes me minutes to cut my hair.

Yes, it’s not the fanciest haircut in the world but to be honest, shaving my hair with a number 2 shortcut helps my skin breath and lets the sun get to my scalp which really helps my eczema.

I need to be careful in the sun but I now have fewer flakes of eczema on my head because I shave it short once a month.

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As you can see, 37 years later I have less hair to cut! HA HA

And do you know what? I never have 37 years later. I have never been to a barber since that horrible day. As you can see from the most recent haircut above I have much less hair and yes some grey hairs in there too.

On the plus side, I have added up that I have saved over $3000 in barbers fees over the last 37 years.

So, HA HA… the last laugh is on you TOP BOYS.! lol

Final Thoughts

Being Afraid to go to the Barbers or Hairdressers with eczema is just one of the issues people have to face when dealing with eczema. If you’re reading this because your son or daughter suffers then you need to understand the little things in life can be a challenge for us. 

You may think it’s a treat to go to the hairdressers or salon, but for us, it can be a nightmare and one of our biggest fears. Just like swimming can be when you have bad visible eczema.!

Did you know the fear of getting your haircut is called Tonsurephobia!

This was a spur of the moment post, shortly after I cut my hair and I don’t know why but all the old memories came flooding back to me so I thought I’d share them with you.

It’s not the most helpful post I have ever written and I don’t want everyone to go out and shave your hair.

I just thought if you’re scared to go to the barbers because of your eczema, you’re not alone. I bet many people out there suffering from eczema are feeling the same way.

Now that I’m older and thicker skinned I could go to the barbers, but I choose not too. I’m fine with the way I look and have come to terms with lots of issues that eczema raises.

Having less hair, and grey hair is the least of my eczema worried these days.

Lifes too short, just like my hair!!!


Editor @ OurEczemaStory