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If your scalp is itchy, inflamed, and constantly sheds white flakes, you’re not alone. Scalp issues, which can include mild irritation, itchiness, dandruff, or in more severe cases, scalp dermatitis, are way more common than you think.
“Dead cells are shed from the scalp just as they are from other parts of the body. Oil from your hair may trap dead cells, causing buildup,” New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner previously told Allure. “This may be made worse by hair-care products including pomades and dry shampoo.”
The good news, though, is that brands are starting to realize this, and thankfully, they’re taking action by bringing us innovative solutions to help solve our scalp concerns.
Powerhouses like Head & Shoulders, Dove, Kérastase, Bumble & Bumble, and more have developed tonics, oils, and exfoliators, all of which are specifically designed to soothe the scalp and maintain a healthy balance so that the hair can flourish. Because a happy scalp equals happy hair — period. However, keep in mind this important piece of advice: Be conservative with how often you use a scrub (no more than two times a week for very oily hair). Scrubs “can strip the skin on the scalp of its natural oils and can aggravate an itchy scalp if used improperly,” Jeanine Downie, owner and director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey, previously told Allure.
If you’ve been struggling with any of the scalp concerns mentioned above, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, find the best scalp treatments available, according to experts and Allure editors.
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