Two embarrassing problems that many people will face at some point in their lives are razor burn and an itchy scalp. Whether you’re a man and you’ve got razor burn on your face or you’re a woman with razor burn on your bikini line, you likely want these patches to go away. And itchy scalp can leave you scratching your head all day, producing flakes and dry skin that are often quite noticeable. Knowing the causes and treatment of razor burn and itchy scalp will help to clear up the problems and prevent them from happening in the future.
Razor Burn Causes
Razor burn occurs when hair is pushed back inside the follicle. This hair then becomes inflamed and an ingrown hair forms. It can be caused by shaving with a dull razor, shaving the skin while it’s dry, pressing too hard with the razor or not using a shaving cream or gel to allow the razor to glide smoothly over the skin. Razor burn may also be caused by skin irritation due to the shaving cream or gel you’re using while shaving.
Treating Razor Burn
Once you’ve developed razor burn, you can help speed the healing process. Apply a thin layer of honey to the skin or a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Leave it there for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Other treatment options include dabbing witch hazel on the razor burn or applying an aloe-based cortisone cream to the area to help relieve redness. Follow the instructions on the bottle for using the cortisone cream, as this may vary among manufacturers.
Itchy Scalp Causes
Many people associate itchy scalp with dandruff, and while dandruff is the most common cause, it’s not the only explanation for an itchy scalp. Infrequent hair washing and dry skin are other common causes. Allergic contact dermatitis can also cause an itchy scalp; this is the result of an allergic reaction to a haircare product you’re using. Other less common causes of an itchy scalp include inflamed hair follicles, a bacterial infection on the scalp, common diseases like psoriasis or more rare health conditions like dermatomyostis.
Treating Itchy Scalp
An itchy scalp is embarrassing and bothersome, and you can try to keep the itch at bay with home remedies, but first, see your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that may be associated with an itchy scalp. If the itch is caused by dry skin or dandruff, apply five to 10 drops of tea tree oil to the scalp and massage it in gently to add moisture; leave it on your scalp for as long as you can before washing your hair. Increasing the frequency of which you wash your hair can also help with the itching. Use a moisturizing shampoo; if dandruff is the problem, use a shampoo containing tar or selenium up to three times a week. Applying a generous coating of aloe vera gel to the scalp and leaving it on for 20 minutes is another way to moisturize a dry, itchy scalp.
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