Sensitive Scalp Issues
I had been planning to do an entire week about haircare last week, but my scalp flared up, and I couldn’t bear to think about haircare at all. You might have noticed last week was a bit short on posts as a result.
I’m prone to seborrheic dermatitis, which is where you get flaky skin on your scalp (and sometimes your inner ears, I get it there too), it looks like dandruff, but it isn’t – which is annoying – and it itches. Itches a lot. And your scalp burns. BURNS. Did I mention that it burns? As a result, I try to avoid harsh shampoos, and anything that contains SLS in order to avoid both the build-up of scaly skin, and the resulting itching and burning. I think I’d been trying too many new products in one go recently, and my scalp decided to remind me who is boss.
That being the case, I thought I’d tell you the products that I’ve used which helped. Firstly, I immediately swapped shampoos for one from Phyto, namely Phytoapaisant, which is specifically for sensitive scalps:
It’s gentle, SLS-free, and most importantly, it’s cooling and soothing from the very first time you use it. The relief I felt using this was enormous. I find switching to cooler water for washing my hair helps soothe these flare-ups too, a simple thing, but very helpful.
But the thing that’s helped most, and I don’t think my haircare shelf will ever be without a bottle again from this point onwards, has been this little beauty:
Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner. The tiny nozzle on this bottle allows you to apply this directly to the scalp, and I found it amazing for spot cooling and calming the hot spots on my poor abused head, at one point, I was applying it several times a day, but you’re supposed to use it just after washing. I’ve no idea how it works, it just does, and I love it. Carrying a small bottle around with me every day helped stopped me scratching like a maniac. I still looked like a maniac, of course, because that is my natural state of being, but oh! The blessed relief of being able to squirt a bit of this on my noggin when needed! It’s a must have for me, these days.
I’ve just noticed that the Philip Kingsley website is giving away a bottle of this when you spend £25 on their, and all their products are damn fine indeed – I’m off away to stock up on some scalp masks, as I’ve heard really good things about them. And hey, prevention is better than cure …
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