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Treatments and Causes of Dry/Flaky Scalp?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I've been going paleo for over a year and am feeling great, but the only negative surprise is my dandruff. I've had it these last two winters without ever having it before in my life. I've been 'poo-less for the last year and my diet is adequate, so I'm not sure what is the root of the problem. From what I've read many people claim dandruff is caused by a high sugar diet, but my sugar intake is lower than the average bear's.

Has anyone else had this experience or has a solution?

De7aafde172289ab942f17f0d271d8ff

on May 16, 2014
at 01:02 PM

That's ingesting it, not rubbing it on! :-)

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on May 26, 2011
at 03:00 PM

Nope, unfortunately. Though my hair seems better of late- maybe it's all the sun? I did read out from the Perfect Health Diet blog that being in ketosis can apparently worsen fungus, as apparently they're a more accessible food source for them (don't know whether this is true/relevant compared to the carbs that one would otherwise be eating).

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on May 26, 2011
at 01:57 PM

David, have you found any solutions? I have a friend who has seborrheic dermatitis on the face/scalp and anti-fungal creams aren't working...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 15, 2010
at 04:51 AM

Good thought on the coconut oil! That makes my dry from the sun hair feel lots better too.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 14, 2010
at 07:50 PM

Thanks Ed, it's difficult to tell with me since my skin used to be dry, but now my skin is excellent except for my scalp. I was prescribed selsun once years ago, I might track some down again...

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on March 14, 2010
at 06:57 PM

David, sometimes flaking is just dry skin, but sometimes it's seborrheic dermatitis, which is often caused or aggravated by fungal infection. In pediatrics, we treat it with ketoconazole shampoo (Nizoral), which is available in OTC and prescription strengths. Other treatments for seborreic dermatitis include tar (Tgel), selenium sulfide (Selsun), and hydrocortisone cream (Cort-aid).

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245c53790116339bcc79fb789f6f9c9d

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on March 14, 2010
at 07:44 PM

I have been dealing with my two month old daughter's seborrheic dermatitis for the past month. Along with other signs (discomfort and reflux), it ended up being a sign of protein intolerances. I ended up having to cut dairy, nuts and eggs out of my diet for now. (We were also told to cut wheat and soy, but being paleo, it isn't so much of an issue :D) She and I are taking probiotics and avoiding those proteins until she is older. It has made a huge difference for her, both in disposition and her symptoms, which have completely disappeared over the past 2 weeks. I feel better too, and am glad to be nut free anyways with the information I have been reading lately about omega 6s.

Also, when I was researching the dermatitis I came across the yeast (Malassezia) connection too . Fwiw, I'm a type 1 diabetic and my insulin resistance has dropped significantly since I cut those proteins (I also cut fructose from fruit). You don't need to eat alot of sugar to have high levels of sugar circulating in your body. As far as the yeast goes, coconut oil is antifungal, and I saw people having success with applying it topically.

Hope this is helpful!

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on March 15, 2010
at 02:15 AM

I had this problem before going paleo and it has since gone away. Perhaps it just has a physical cause and has nothing to do with diet? Since going paleo I simply wash my hair less and I wash it in colder water because I noticed taking hot showers made my skin dry. I also take probiotics and eat lots of fermented food...any of these things could have helped I suppose.

One thing that worked for me when I had it was to massage my scalp with coconut oil. Since you are a guy it shouldn't be as hard as it was for me....though perhaps I am stereotyping, but at the time I had hair nearly down to my waist. I would do it after I got home from class and leave it in for an hour or so, then wash it out with apple cider vinegar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 15, 2010
at 04:51 AM

Good thought on the coconut oil! That makes my dry from the sun hair feel lots better too.

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De7aafde172289ab942f17f0d271d8ff

on May 16, 2014
at 01:01 PM

Fish oil helps me with my dry skin and scalp. Two capsules a day. I've also noticed that I get better results if I take the two capsules at the same time, rather than one in the morning and one at night.

De7aafde172289ab942f17f0d271d8ff

on May 16, 2014
at 01:02 PM

That's ingesting it, not rubbing it on! :-)

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:36 AM

Dandruff might be created by dry skin, not shampooing regularly enough, malassezia (a yeast-like parasite), or seborrheic dermatitis. In the event that the reason for your dandruff is affectability to hair mind items, the true cure is exchanging to a more regular cleanser and conditioner. I accept that the coconut oil and lemon combo will be successful when the reason is malassezia, the yeast-like parasite since both coconut oil and lemon are hostile to contagious.

1. Blend equivalent measures of coconut oil and lemon (something like 2 tablespoons coconut oil and the juice of a large portion of a lemon). 2. Apply it to a dry scalp (cautious not to dribble at you) and let it sit for five minutes. 3. Flush with water yet no cleanser.

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on May 15, 2014
at 02:40 AM

Hi ,

I have had issues with dandruff so I will say what helps me. First washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar was a huge help also rubbing coconut oil into scalp and leaving it in over night.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 14, 2010
at 12:29 PM

Yes! This is one of the only persistent health problems/negative health indicators I get on paleo and I've been wondering what might be behind it. I still do use shampoo, but this seems to help, more than anything.

I've also only really heard reducing sugar and yeast as solutions, but I can't plausibly lower my carbohydrate/yeast intake any further. One can only assume that probiotics/healthy gut flora would help reduce yeast/fungal infection too.

Bicarbonate of soda has been suggested as an anti-fungal treatment, but I've no idea how this is supposed to work or whether it does.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on March 14, 2010
at 06:57 PM

David, sometimes flaking is just dry skin, but sometimes it's seborrheic dermatitis, which is often caused or aggravated by fungal infection. In pediatrics, we treat it with ketoconazole shampoo (Nizoral), which is available in OTC and prescription strengths. Other treatments for seborreic dermatitis include tar (Tgel), selenium sulfide (Selsun), and hydrocortisone cream (Cort-aid).

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 14, 2010
at 07:50 PM

Thanks Ed, it's difficult to tell with me since my skin used to be dry, but now my skin is excellent except for my scalp. I was prescribed selsun once years ago, I might track some down again...

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on May 26, 2011
at 01:57 PM

David, have you found any solutions? I have a friend who has seborrheic dermatitis on the face/scalp and anti-fungal creams aren't working...

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on May 26, 2011
at 03:00 PM

Nope, unfortunately. Though my hair seems better of late- maybe it's all the sun? I did read out from the Perfect Health Diet blog that being in ketosis can apparently worsen fungus, as apparently they're a more accessible food source for them (don't know whether this is true/relevant compared to the carbs that one would otherwise be eating).

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