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
Greasy or waxy scalp
Very itchy scalp
Oozing or have “weeping” lesions
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)
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?