Itchy, Dry Scalp And Dandruff – What’s The Link?
Dry, itchy scalp is a really common problem, and one of the main causes is dandruff! What’s the link between the two?
Itching is the body’s natural response to irritation. We’ve all experienced itching in some form, whether from a rough fabric rubbing against the skin, a bee sting or an allergic reaction to something.
It happens as a signal travels from the irritated area to the brain in an instant – your body experiences irritation and the itch comes almost immediately.
An itchy, dry scalp can be one of the early signs of dandruff, and often starts before dandruff flakes appear.
To understand how dandruff causes an itchy, dry scalp, first you have to understand what causes dandruff.
Dandruff is a response to irritation. Naturally occurring microbes break down your scalp oils to form oleic acid, which 1 in 2 people are sensitive to. This causes itchiness, irritation, visible dandruff and a flaky scalp.
The body’s itch response is so fast, it often happens before any other symptom of dandruff is noticeable.
So while you might think you don’t have dandruff, an itchy and dry scalp is often an early sign that dandruff is developing.
Whatever you do, resist the itch! You’ll just end up damaging your scalp if you scratch, leading to further irritation, and aggravating an already dry, flaky scalp.
Fight the itch with our Cool Menthol Shampoo. Its menthol infused formula will give you a cooling feeling while the anti-dandruff actives work to tackle your itchy, dry scalp problems.
Use an anti-dandruff shampoo every time you wash your hair, to help keep both dandruff and flaky, itchy scalp at bay.