More than 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from the itchy skin condition known as eczema. Characterized by rough, red, and dry patches of skin, the chronic skin disease mainly affects the hands, elbows, upper chest, and knees. That being said, it can develop anywhere on the body – including the scalp. In this post, we’ll discuss scalp eczema in more detail and explain how it’s related to eczema hair loss.
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is Scalp Eczema?
The most common type of scalp eczema is known as seborrheic dermatitis. It appears as patches of red and flaky skin on the scalp. It can also cause the skin to appear greasy or waxy, and is often associated with dandruff. In addition to inflammation, the scalp may also be itchy and dry.
Scalp Eczema Hair Loss
Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. Unfortunately, the inflammation associated with scalp eczema can make it difficult for new hair to grow. If itchiness causes a person to scratch or pick at their scalp, damage to the hair follicles can occur. Scratching can also lead to more inflammation and hair breakage. This can lead to hair loss or even bald patches. Thankfully, hair loss is usually just temporary. Hair is likely to grow back once the condition improves.
What Triggers Scalp Eczema Hair Loss
Like all types of eczema, the exact cause of the condition is unknown but symptoms are believed to be triggered by a variety of factors. Some of the top culprits include:
- Cold weather
- Chemicals in shampoos or soaps
- Exposure to allergens like pet fur or fabric irritants
The Best Eczema Hair Loss Treatment
There is currently no cure for scalp eczema but there are ways to manage and control symptoms to prevent hair loss.
Protect your Head: Free of synthetic materials like polyester, nylon and nickel, this Remedywear™ balaclava for adults and kids protects the skin from unintentional scratching all day or night. Soft and comfortable, this is the perfect treatment for scalp eczema in babies, kids, and adults.
Control the Itch: Our Organic Aloe Vera for Eczema Skin Soothing Spray provides soothing relief for itchy skin anywhere on the body. In fact, its non-greasy formula makes it perfect for use on the scalp. Store in the refrigerator between uses for an extra-cool treat.
Try a Natural Shampoo: This super-fatted liquid soap by Emily Skin Soothers was specially formulated for eczema using the principles of Chinese medicine. With no added color or fragrance, it’s gentle and effective for babies and adults alike. Feel free to use it as a natural body wash or as a shampoo for eczema of the scalp or seborrheic dermatitis.
Wear a Hat: This Remedywear™ hat for adults and kids is made with eco-friendly TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc fibers to soothe itchy skin. It’s perfect for wearing as an overnight treatment to protect the scalp from relentless scratching. The stretchy straps ensure a snug fit and the moisture-wicking sweat control makes it comfortable to wear all night long.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.