Itchy Scalp – The Symptoms Explained


Scratching your head? An itchy scalp is a common problem but what could it mean? Find out what itchy scalp could mean and what you can do about it.

Itchy scalp could be dandruff. In fact, its quite likely because itch is one of the early warning signs and often starts before flakes appear.

Its all down to the scalps response to irritation. Naturally occurring microbes break down your scalp oils to form oleic acid something 1 in 2 people are sensitive to.

And if youre one of them, your scalp responds by becoming irritated and itchy.

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Whatever you do, resist the itch

With itching comes scratching but try your hardest not to. Youll just end up damaging your delicate scalp and in turn cause more irritation.

Scratching your scalp can also damage the hair, leaving it weaker and more prone to breakage.

What to do about itch

If your itchy scalp is a symptom of dandruff, simply targeting the cause of dandruff can treat it.

Use an anti-dandruff shampoo on a regular basis to keep both the flakes and the itch1 at bay.

Cool Menthol Shampoo will treat an itchy scalp1 while also tackling the root cause of dandruff.

Ruled out dandruff? What next?

Dandruff isnt the only thing that can cause an itchy scalp. It could be an allergic reaction or a sign of another condition.

So if youre already using Head & Shoulders regularly and the itch wont go away, its a good idea to consult your doctor or dermatologist to help identify what might be causing it.

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1 Caused by dandruff