If you have dealt with eczema on your scalp, you’re aware of the frustration that comes with having this skin disease. What’s even more frustrating is using all the wrong products on your hair to treat the issue. Medicated shampoos or eczema shampoos for these kinds of ailments aren’t usually inexpensive, however, not all of them can give satisfactory results. Before you buy another eczema shampoo to treat your scalp at home, we’ve tapped Leon Van Gorkom, Senior Hair Care Manager, Unilever R&D, to help determine exactly what you need to to get relief.
Read on as Leon gives us details on what eczema is, what you can use at home and what to do if nothing seems to be working at all—and don’t worry, many of us have been there!
Eczema Shampoo: What Eczema is and What to Use At Home
All Things Hair: What is eczema?
Leon Van Gorkom: “Seborrheic dermatitis is a form of eczema that tends to be oily, scaly, flaky and yellowish in color. It’s usually chronic, so it’s something that can happen over and over. Not all eczema is seborrheic dermatitis. Things like stress, hormones and immune responses can have an impact on eczema. Using harsh detergents and scrubbing can cause also be a cause of eczema.”
Can someone with a mild case of eczema use the Dove DermaCare line as an eczema shampoo on their hair?
“If you have a mild case of seborrheic dermatitis or eczema, you can use any anti-dandruff shampoo. If you have a more severe form, there are anti-dandruff shampoos that have higher levels of actives. For example, there are products on the market that have higher levels of active ingredients. If you don’t see improvement, see a doctor and they may prescribe a steroid that will help get rid of the inflammation that causes the redness and flaking.”
For a mild case of seborrheic dermatitis or eczema, using the Dove Dermacare line would be a good place to start to help get rid of the symptoms. If you don’t see improvement see a doctor.
Editors’ note: I suffer from a mild case of seborrheic dermatitis, and I ‘ve used Dove DermaCare on my hair. After using Dove Dermacare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, I use the conditioner as a scalp mask to give my scalp a treatment. Since anti-dandruff products are something that you must use continuously to yield the same results, you must implement it into your normal hair care routine. I’ve noticed that my flakes return when I use other shampoos.
Any other tips for caring for eczema on the scalp while you’re at home?
“People talk a lot about home remedies, but in this case, it’s not about moisturization. These diseases are caused by having an oily scalp. It’s really about your scalp not producing right skin cell turnover that it should. It’s turning the skin over too quickly. So, you really need to be careful about how you want to treat it at home.”
Editors’ note: Refrain from treating severe cases of eczema at home. Consult a physician before trying any at-home remedies.