Itchy Scalp Menopause
Itchy Scalp Menopause
Question:I can deal with the hot flashes during the day-just wear layers and take off as needed. What drives me crazy is the head itching, mostly on the back of my scalp during the day and especially at night when I wake up in a sweat. What can I do to help alliviate this? I will not take HRT as to the numerous side effects. I eat well, probably do drink too much coffee and not enough water and I exercise regularly. But I am waking up several times during the night due to those two symptoms.
Response from Glenda: An itchy scalp menopause can be quite irritating and should be treated. First of all, you’ll want to know the underlying cause of itchy scalp before you treat it.
Yes, menopause and the decline in estrogen affects your scalp in the same way it affects the rest of your skin. It causes your skin (and scalp) to become thinner and drier. This is what is causing the itchy scalp menopause.
Non-menopausal reasons for itchy scalp
Without trying to alarm you, I want you to be aware of other possible reasons for an itchy scalp that you will want to see your dermatologist or doctor about so that you know for sure it isn’t one of the following:
- skin cancer
- vitamin deficiency
- side effect of some medications
Ten Natural Remedies for Itchy Scalp Menopause
- Increase your intake of essential fats founds in fish, sunflower seeds, hemp, flax, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds. Use organic walnut and olive oils. Many women with itchy scalp are lacking in essential oils, usually omega-3 fish oils. You can also try taking 2g daily.
- Drink lots of water. Dry, itchy scalp is often a sign of dehydration.
- Use only a mild, non-irritating shampoo. I like to use natural-based shampoos that contain no chemicals. Take a trip to your local health food store where they sell lots of good quality shampoos. Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate are prevalent in most shampoos. The Environmental Working Group classifies both as carcinogenic. Plus they dry out the hair and irritate the scalp. Choose natural shampoos.
- Try to avoid hot showers and hot blow driers (use low setting)
- Massage your scalp with pure rosemary oil (health food stores) mixed with jojoba or olive oil or - my favorite- coconut oil and leave on overnight. You may want to cover your head with a shower cap or a towel so your pillow doesn't get soaked. I find this really works, and it leaves your hair very shiny.
- Hair color and dyes can cause an itchy scalp, even if you never experienced this before, your scalp may react negatively to this now. There are natural hair colour products in the health food stores. I find they don't cover the grey 100% but they are a good option for your health and for your itchy scalp.
- Take a good-quality multi-vitamin/mineral that contains 30 mg of zinc. Zinc is important for skin healing. B vitamins are also very important, but they are usually included in your multi.
- Take an extra 2.5-4 mg of biotin (a B vitamin) daily, as it is excellent for scalp problems.
- Nori seaweed flakes are rich in minerals that help to nourish the scalp.
- Improving your general health with also improve the health of your scalp. So...increase your intake of organic fruits and vegetables. Eat pineapple and papaya before or with main meals to aid digestion. Eat more live yogurt. Avoid certain foods, such as highly refined starchy foods and sugars.
Other Causes of Itchy Scalp Menopause
Stress and Insomnia can cause itchy scalp menopause. You talk about being awake due to the nightsweats. This in itself will cause you to have an itchy scalp because you are likely tired and stressed out because of the loss of sleep.
Natural methods to help you relax will also help with your itchy scalp. Try yoga, meditation, herbs, fitness, journaling your gratitude for life.
Your scalp reacts in the same way your skin does. The itchy scalp can feel like creepy crawlies under your skin-not fun. You really don't have to live with this. Try these methods and let me know if they are working for you.
Read about itchy skin and the menopause.
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