rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Secretly you examine your scalp, with finger tips fine tuned to rooting out that scab or the dried clump of blood coating the hair shaft. It’s like an addiction. The skin hurts but you can’t leave it alone, questing finger nails gently tease and lift scabs and drag them along the hair to be disposed of. The ones that get away appear unnannounced in a meeting or when you least expect it…

“What’s that in your hair?” they say? And you cringe when they pluck out a huge scab and drop it quickly again in disgust. Oh the shame…

If you’ve ever had scalp eczema you will know the sharp pain, like the wind searing your skin and the discomfort when you try to comb or brush your hair.

Scalp eczema is hidden so you can make more of a mess of it without,
a) seeing it yourself
b) anyone else seeing it
c) seeing how much damage you’ve actually done

If you have psoriasis or Seborrhoeic eczema it often is more visible, along the hair line etc. but just as irritating and embarassing; the flakes of skin always falling, endlessly over often brushed clean shoulders. Avoid black or dark clothing as it shows up the dandruff and dry skin from scratching. I don’t have psoriasis myself but have a close friend who does and we find similar treatments of use so this should apply to psoriasis as well.

So here is what I’m doing to heal my current sore painful scalp.

  1. Apply oil to eczema on scalp – It’s hard to treat. You probably moisturise the rest of your skin on a daily basis, or even twice daily, but what about your poor dry flaking scalp?

    Tonight I have a treat in store for my scalp. I have some coconut oil that I am going to gently melt and then rub deep into my scalp. Thanks to a friend on social media for this suggestion.

    Organic Babies also do a soothing baby oil which also works well though olive oil would probably do the trick.

    Apply your chosen oil and wrap your greasy hair in a nice warm towel and if you can, sleep with the oil still on your scalp. Remember to put a towel on your pillow.

  2. Steroid application to heal really bad bouts of scalp eczema – Apply a steroid scalp treatment twice a day, morning and night. I use Betacap which always works really well within just a few days but it smells really strong and stings like you wouldn’t believe if your scalp is raw with broken skin. The stinging lasts usually only a few minutes, for me anyway, then it subsides. It doesn’t make your hair too greasy so could get away without washing your hair after applying. It’s best to leave it on for as long as possible. So apply first thing. Then again before bed. Put a towel on your pillow to protect it from the oil, and then wash off the next morning.
  3. Washing your hair when you have dry, flaky eczema – Make sure you read the instructions if you’re using a medicated or coal tar shampoo. They may require you to leave on for 5-15 minutes to allow the active ingredients to benefit your scalp. It might take a few goes to wash if you applied oil the night before so make sure you have time, then leave to dry naturally. Try not to wash your hair every day if you can, it will dry out your scalp more. Don’t blow dry and don’t be tempted to have a go with that comb that gets to the itch. I know what you’re thinking and I know it feels good but that way lies pain and misery (and pretty amazing itch scratch sensation).

    Try Barefoot SOS shampoo or T-Gel, Forever Living, Jason or speak to your doctor to see if he can prescribe a tar or medicated shampoo. There is also a soap bar shampoo from Lush which I’ve used before it has a very strong burnt kind of coat tarry smell. Bit over powering.

    I also used to get one called Nizoral on prescription but my doctor won’t seem to prescribe it anymore. This worked well so if you’re is really bad try it. Avoid any shampoo with lots of chemicals and particularly parabens or sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS.

Anyone else out there struggling with scalp eczema? The usually rules like trying not so scratch, which is almost impossible. Keeping nails really short so you can’t scratch which is really frustrating. Not scratching your scalp with other things like combs or brushes etc. etc.

What’s your best tip for healing scalp eczema and returning your scalp to almost normal skin?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

One Response to Treating scalp eczema in 3 steps

  1. Criss

    I was just diagnosed with eczema and the top of my scalp near my forehead was getting dry and flaky patches. It looked like dandruff and it was super embarrassing. I searched right away on google for relief and purchased foderma serum. I started to use it on my scalp and also on my back (where my eczema was the worst) it started to clear up within a week. I like this serum because it’s natural, no steroids or cortisones. It’s not greasy or oily, it’s mostly water with skin improving ingredients. I’m going to be dealing with eczema for the rest of my life and I will be purchasing more of foderma serum for the future.

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