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While dandruff is responsible for most itchy, flaky scalps, two less common scalp conditions also cause persistent flaking and scalp irritation: scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Scalp psoriasis is a very common problem that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly on the scalp, which can lead to red lesions covered with scale. It can extend beyond the hairline onto the forehead, the back of the neck, and around the ears. Seborrheic dermatitis is a disease that causes flaking of the skin, and usually causes the skin to look a little greasy, scaly, or flaky.
While there is no magic "cure" for these conditions, most symptoms can be controlled and treated with over-the-counter medicated shampoos:
Try these simple tips to help control dry scalp itch:
If your current medicated shampoo isn't improving your symptoms, try switching to one with a different active ingredient. Always follow the instructions provided with medicated shampoos and conditioners. Once symptoms clear, weekly use will help prevent further flare-ups.
Occasionally, severe scalp conditions may require treatment with a prescription-strength shampoo, cream, or ointment. Your dermatologist can provide you with specific advice on treating serious scalp problems.
Coal tar helps slow the overproduction of skin cells on the scalp and reduce potential inflammation.