How to Manage Your Scalp Eczema


My first experience with eczema came in 2012 when my son was born. I watched this little person scratch his joints, wrists, legs and arms and after countless doctor appointments and trying a ton of stuff on the market, I finally think we have the one thing that will work for his skin, as long as his eczema persists.

It is an oil based ointment, with great oils and butters that we all know and love, like Shea butter, jojoba oil and a whole host of all natural ingredients. His skin isn’t perfect, but it is much better and we have not had to use his prescribed medication as much we used to. If you do not know what eczema is, the simplest definition is that it is a skin based disease that causes dry patchy, often red areas on the skin that itch like crazy.

Typically when you have eczema, or even if you suspect that you do, it is recommended that you see a doctor or dermatologist where you may get prescribed medication if it is determined that eczema is indeed what you have.

Your scalp is an extension of your skin, so it is common for you to have eczema on your scalp which can be annoying to say the least. Scalp eczema has a number of characteristics:

Red and scaly scalp

Flaky scalp

Greasy or waxy scalp

Very itchy scalp

Oozing or have “weeping” lesions

Producing blisters

Causing a discharge from the ear if eczema continues from the scalp into the ear canal

Responsible for causing changes in skin color after healing – (From Everydayhealth)

There are different types of eczema; the most common one is called seborrheic dermatitis which causes dandruff and psoriasis. Cradle cap is the term used for babies who have eczema of the scalp and it was my first clue I had from my son who started having a scaly scalp as early as one month old.

What causes scalp eczema or seborrheic dermatitis?

The most common cause is over production of sebum on the scalp. Sebum is the natural oil our scalp produces that can moisturize our hair. When you have too much the result are scales that can lead to skin fungus leading to really bad dandruff symptoms. There are other causes of eczema that are separate and apart from greasy hair.

Very dry skin

Other skin conditions, like psoriasis, rosacea, or acne

Other health conditions, commonly Parkinson’s disease and HIV

Allergies or a family history of allergies, like hay fever, asthma, and atopic eczema (allergic eczema)

Heavy sweating

Exposure to an allergen or irritant – Everyday health

What can you do about it?

You can control your eczema but it might come back unfortunately, so the first thing you have to do is figure out what your triggers are, is it dairy? Is it excessive exposure to the sun? Is it anything that you are allergic to?

Originally posted 2015-01-12 15:00:39.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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  1. Mizz Jackie

    I am so thankful that I ran across this post because I am suffering from eczema on the scalp. I had read before that a hot oil treatment would help but I want to know if it is safe to pre-poo along with the hot oil treatment and the rest of my wash regimen?

  2. Pattie Armstead

    My son had eczema really bad when he was younger.
    I read an article on the benefits of taking flax seed oil and fish oil to clear up eczema. It worked wonders on his skin…way better then applying steroid cream to his skin which was causing discoloration.

  3. Rivian Jones

    I used steroid cream and stayed moisterized. I had it worse when I was a kid until my Mom switched me to a stronger cream.

    1. Leslie Peters

      It’s not working because it’s yeast.

  4. Latasha R Mason

    Any more natural recommendations for a 3 yr old. She been battling it since she was 6mos old. We get some control but during the process she ends up scratching a new wound into her skin. I currently make a oatmeal and coconut oil scrub.and my hubby made one with oatmeal,olive oil and dove sensitive skin seems to be doing good. But her scratching makes it worse again

    1. Amber Nicole Cooper

      My godsister had it pretty bad all her mom did was take dairy and few other things that made it worse out of her diet she only drinks goat milk and she rub her down with just coconut oil and she use unscented stuff

    2. Summer

      All of 5 of my children have severe eczema, food and environmental allergies. Epi pens galore. We have tried everything from hydrocortisone, to elocon, to silver sulfate, to triamcinolone to others that I can’t spell off hand lol. I started making whipped butters for their skin, hair, and scalp while in nursing school, after reading numerous medical journals and papers on the over use of steroids in children and the positive correlation to precipitous (early) puberty. I don’t really follow an exact recipe. I just use my fav butters (raw shea, cocoa, mango, aloe), oils (coconut, avacado, jojoba, aloe, tea tree, black seed), and raw honey. I use the double boiler method so I don’t end up with a grainy product, Let it cool in freezer or fridge (stirring every 10 mins or so), and whip it with either a hand mixer. I get better results with my hand mixer vs my stand mixer FYI. Tea tree, black seed, and neem oils have been used for centuries because of their anti fungal/anti inflammatory properties. When their scalp gets really bad, I’ll do a full strength henna treatment. It works splendidly!!! People have effectively treated eczema for centuries with holistic remedies (tea tree, black seed, henna etc). Neem oil mixed with baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar is a very effective cleanser instead of shampoo OR mix it onto a small applicator bottle with your favorite sulfate free shampoo. Neem oil smells AWFUL, but it works brilliantly! Don’t resort to chemicals if you don’t want to. Or if you feel that it is not worth using harsh chemicals and steroids on your children daily, weekly or monthly. Also, most if not all topical meds contain petroleum as a base. That clogs pores and inhibits the skin from breathing which leads to more break outs. Not to mention dermatologists do not recommend putting topical ointments on scalp or face because of quick entry into blood stream. If you or anyone else would like any advice or tips feel free to email me. ummnasir at comcast dot net.

    3. Leslie Peters

      It’s yeast guys. I hope you are all ok. 🙁

  5. Jamilla Thompson

    Also remove dairy from your diet and take an antihistamine if needed. Eczema is related to food allergies.

  6. Roberta Hosey

    Poor thing. Keep the scalp clean. And if it was me I would not put any synthetic or human hair or extensions in my head. Im trying to stay away from them now.

  7. tina

    Tea tree oil works for my daughter and I but the smell is not good. The tgel is good also. I use natural oils and tea tree oil as a preshampoo treatment. The most helpful has been a prescription medication. It’s an oil to use every night and wash in the morning. A lot of washing and trouble so we don’t use it a lot, just to get it under control.

  8. CaseySheehan

    I was just diagnosed with eczema and the top of my scalp near my forehead was getting dry and flaky patches. It looked like dandruff and it was super embarrassing. I searched right away on google for relief and purchased Foderma serum. I started to use it on my scalp and also on my back (where my eczema was the worst) it started to clear up within a week. I like this serum because it’s natural, no steroids or cortisones. It’s not greasy or oily, it’s mostly water with skin improving ingredients.

    1. Leslie Peters

      It’s a yeast overgrowth. All of you need to be tested for candida. Coconut oil and probiotics will hold them off for a while but it won’t cure you. You need a min of 6 weeks antifungal meds. Activated charcoal will absor die off because whe they die the toxins make you very sick. Do not take steriods or antibiotics!

  9. Leslie Peters

    The picture at the top looks like a YEAST OVERGROWTH.

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