How to Reduce Scalp Itch

Ahh! Your scalp itches so much that you wonder if you have head lice. Once you have ruled that out, however, you must be wondering what you can do to reduce scalp itch. Bacteria, chemicals, and clogged pores often contribute to an itchy scalp. You may also have an underlying skin condition. Here are some helpful ways to soothe your skin.

Avoid the Bad Stuff - If you are using old fashioned bar soap to wash your hair, consider this: Bar soap removes important natural oils from your hair and is also damaging to most people's hair. The lack of oils could be causing your scalp itch.

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Use the Right Stuff - Use shampoo. Make sure the shampoo you choose has the right pH level (ideally between 4.5 and 5.5). If your favorite shampoo does not have the appropriate pH balance, it can be causing scalp itch. Also, shampoos which contain Zinc Pyrithione contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. They are helpful in treating a variety of scalp issues including dandruff, psoriasis, eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.

Use an Antihistamine - Antihistamines such as Benadryl are often helpful in reducing scalp itch. However, please note that you should only take an antihistamine if you know that they do not make you drowsy or you know that you will be in for the night. A good, strong antihistamine may knock you out. (This may not be a bad idea if your scalp itch is keeping you from being able to fall asleep at night.)

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Try Natural Remedies - Olive, jojoba, lavender, rose, neem, and tea tree oils help to reduce scalp itch. One home remedy mentioned on is:

Soak 1/4 cup of oatmeal in water for 20 minutes. Mix well and strain the liquid adding it to a cup. Add 5 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops rosemary oil. Allow to cool until tepid. Mix the liquids together, apply them to your scalp, and leave them in your hair for 10 minutes to soothe the itch.

Seek other specific scalp itch treatment ideas by visiting websites specifically tailored to essential oil remedies.

See a Dermatologist - Do not hesitate to seek professional treatment if you cannot find any way to soothe your scalp itch. You may have an underlying condition that is best treated by a dermatologist.


If you have a sensitive scalp, you may have an reaction to any ingredient or natural oil option mentioned in this article. Use caution.