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 Help me :( Super dry scalp.

Hi ladies... please help!!

My scalp is super dry. Like flakey, itchy, sometimes when it's bad there's little bumps of dry skin. It started a few years ago and I have tried sooo many different things and nothing seems to work.

I've tried shampooing every day. I've tried shampooing once or twice a week. I've tried drying my hair every time I get it wet. I've tried not blow drying. I've tried moisturizing shampoos. I've tried Head and Shoulders. I've tried minty scalp stimulating ones.

I don't know what to do and it's driving me insane. Nevermind that it's beyond embarrassing.

I almost think it's oily/dry not dry/dry. Does that even make sense?

I don't have dry skin anywhere else. I need to moisturize my hands and legs every once in a while, but they don't get flakey if I don't, they just feel tight (KWIM?).

Is this a doctor thing? Naturopath? Dermatologist?

TIA...

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 19 Dec 2011 2:24 PM
 5 Oct 2009
 Somewhere Over The Rainbow
jj♥m
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Dermatologist. DD has had the same thing for years and tried everything. We finally got her in to see a dermatologist (diagnosed it as *something* dermatitis) and she prescribed a whole whack of topical ointments. One's a "steroid" type oil, one's salicylic diluted in mineral oil and a different type of shampoo. If you can ask for the salicylic one NOT to be suspended in oil it would be great - I feel bad for DD because she sometimes has to go out with a oily hair and the looks she gets frown.

Unfortunately, it's a lil time consuming because you have to apply it on your scalp much like you would if you were colouring your hair and you'd have to do it daily.

Have you tried the Ginger shampoo from the Body Shop? Another dermatologist in the city has started telling her patients to try that. So we did. While it's worked for others, it didn't work for my daughter. You might want to try that one out before you see the Dermatologist.

Hope this helps smile.

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 19 Dec 2011 2:27 PM
 25 Jan 2006
 Ontario
mia1234
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This started happening to me about a year ago. My hairdresser said that it is definitely dry scalp and not dandruff (my scalp is not oily).
At first I thought it was a symptom of my borderline hypothyroidism, but after my meds made the rest of the symptoms go away, the dry scalp remained...but it could definitely be due to a hormonal imbalance.
I just recently picked up Phyto Scalp Stimulant from Sephora and used it once so far...definite improvement! I'm hoping that it will keep getting better.

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 19 Dec 2011 2:30 PM
 14 Jul 2009
 Ottawa
BandAidChik
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The only thing that worked for me was reducing stress.

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 19 Dec 2011 2:51 PM
 2 Apr 2005
cake
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the only solution I've ever found is rotating between 4 or so different shampoos (head & shoulders, something w/ Tar, something for psoriasis, + a standard shampoo) + a few different conditioners -something different every single day.

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 19 Dec 2011 2:51 PM
 15 Jul 2008
Babs1980
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I had dry scalp when I was younger and the only thing that worked for me was Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo.

http://www.neutrogena.com/category/hair/t-gel-.do

I used it a couple of times a week (and just used regular shampoo for the days in-between). Haven't had an issue with dry scalp in years.

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 19 Dec 2011 3:08 PM
 4 Apr 2006
cynful
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I'd suggest going to your doctor. I have psoriasis on my scalp and your symptoms sound very similar to mine. The doctor gave me a prescription for a topical steroid in liquid form that I apply directly to my scalp. I put it on before bed and it makes the flakes and bumps disappear over time.

Mine flares up with cold weather and/or stress.

HTH smile

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 19 Dec 2011 3:33 PM
 19 Sep 2008
 Beautiful BC!
jitterbug
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Thank you for the responses. I will make a doctor appointment. Ugh!

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 19 Dec 2011 3:41 PM
 19 Dec 2011
Emanuella
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Argan oil, perhaps?

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 19 Dec 2011 4:29 PM
 15 Jun 2009
 Ottawa
krisinottawa
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The Ginger Shampoo from the Body Shop that JudithJane mentioned worked wonders for me. I've been using it every other day for over a year. Smells great too!

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 19 Dec 2011 5:25 PM
 4 Jan 2006
Mary Ann
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I was going to make this exact post last week. I have a flakey, dry scalp too. It gets really bad in winter and really sore especially after I get it coloured (every 5 weeks). I also regularly swim in chlorinated pool (even with a cap), so it's really raw right now.

I've used antifungal shampoo in the past, but it hasn't helped me lately. From the natural products post, I got the idea to try coconut oil on my scalp and it helped for the first couple of days. I'm back to flaking and itching again so I'm going to see if another few treatments will help. I may try that ginger shampoo too.

If you find relief please post about it!

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 19 Dec 2011 6:59 PM
 1 Sep 2008
Urban
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I had this for decades and it wasn't until a post on WB that I realized I'm allergic to sulphur!! I began using LiveClean shampoo which doesn't contin sulphur and voila, my scalp is cured. It takes about a week to notice a major difference but holy cow it's amazing. I go to my hairdresser and she'll use a sulphur shampoo and by the end of the night my scalp is so itchy. ugh.

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 19 Dec 2011 8:35 PM
 8 Mar 2007
ttcsep07
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Try mixing in some tee tree oil in your moisturizing shampoo.

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 19 Dec 2011 10:01 PM
 5 May 2008
littled625
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I havent tried it yet, but my hairstylist recommended putting olive oil in the hair and the flakes should comb right out. She said not to use mineral oil or baby oil, as it will clog the hair follicles.

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 19 Dec 2011 10:26 PM
 11 Apr 2011
Hawk
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Try using Nizoral. It doesn't stink like tar shampoo. You can get it at any Shoppers or Costco. Put it on wet hair and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Use it everytime you wash for a couple of weeks, then you'll probably only need it once every week or two after that.

I had the same problem when I lived in a different climate and being consistent with the Nizoral was the only thing that helped.

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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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