The most common scalp dermatoses conditions are scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Those affected often have a combination of these problems. If you have any of these scalp conditions, you are one of millions of affected Americans.
In the never ending search for ways to improve our hair and scalp health, we have come across some useful information. Here are some common sense tips to follow when it comes to hair and scalp care:
• Unless otherwise directed by your physician, apply your scalp hair medication to towel-dried hair before using any styling products, like gels or mousses. Once you have applied the medication go ahead and style as usual.
• Do not use hair spray too often; it tends to suffocate the hair. Hair gel and mousse are fine, but don’t apply them directly on areas with scalp dermatoses. Put these styling aides elsewhere and then comb them through your hair.
• It is good to massage your scalp while shampooing and rinsing. Massage uniformly to make sure that the blood is circulated on your entire scalp. Don’t focus just on the area with scalp dermatoses; massage your whole head.
• It is okay to blow dry your hair. Just don’t overheat the scalp, especially the area with scalp dermatoses.
• Any hair length is fine. However, with certain treatments (such as those that are greasy and difficult to put on), you may find it more convenient to wear your hair short.
• Use a wide-tooth comb or a flat brush. Round brushes are okay for styling while you dry your hair. Never pull hard to rid yourself of knots; you’ll break the hair and irritate the follicles.
• Alternate your shampoo and conditioner every few months. If you have dry hair, use a conditioner. But don’t feel that you have to use one if your hair is in good shape.
Feel free to use hair dyes, permanents, gels and other products. To make sure they don’t cause irritation, test these products on one area before applying them to your entire scalp.