Kicking Scalp Eczema, Psoriasis & Dandruff

Psoriasis and Eczema plague about 33% of the American population, and oftentimes victims of it are given a topical medication and told “good luck” on their way out the doctor's office door.

Maybe these itchy, red, flakey issues are new to you and your scalp, maybe you have been struggling with them for a long time. Not only can they be embarrassing and leave white flakes on a fresh black shirt, but they can also be painful, create scabs, have redness and spread to other parts of your body. 

But I am a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to live with skin problems at all! 

Of any kind!

There are ways to both sooth where your skin is now while simultaneously working on healing the root issue that is causing eczema and psoriasis.

This is exactly the kind of thing I helped people restore in their bodies in my season of working in Holistic Health Restoration…

Psoriasis and Eczema can often be hard to tell apart

but when it comes to getting to the root of fixing them the good news is that you really don’t have to know the difference. A lot of the solutions are the same for both. 

Both of these skin issues are caused by an autoimmune response, meaning, your immune system is confused on what to do so it’s overreacting or underreacting. 

When the human body is struggling it gives us alerts, for some it's stomach issues, for some it's a racing heart, for one person it may be exhaustion, or a headache, for others it’s skin problems like scalp issues.

Here’s one thing I want you to take note of,  ALERTS ARE A GOOD THING!!

These “small issues” are telling us there’s a deeper issue as a warning sign so we can take care of the root before it becomes a life altering illness.

We need to LISTEN when our body is speaking.

Did you know that psoriasis can become a joint inflammation issue if not cared for?

Of course you want to cut down on the flakiness while wearing your dreads, but I also want you to avoid further issues like joint pain later on! 

So let’s get into talking about the root of these scalp issues. 

There’s a number of different things that could have started this problem in the first place...

What likely happened is that over time one or more issues paired along with the original trigger and your body started screaming. 

Some common causes of scalp issues are:

  • Microbiome imbalances - This is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria inside the body, that then begins to change the bacteria levels on the outside of the body
  • Topical reactions - Many skin care products, cleaners, shampoos and medications have ingredients that are irritants to the body
  • Food allergies - this is a big one. Sometimes if there is an overgrowth of the wrong bacteria in the body your skin can begin to respond to foods, especially those that are sugary, contain high carbs , grains and dairy
  • Stress & trauma - This is often one of the biggest triggers of any illness in the body

The good news is that you are not a victim to your body. You are responsible for your health, and you hold the power of change in your own hands. 

When we acknowledge that and begin to learn how our body works, there’s a confidence that comes to you that’s even greater than that set of dreadlocks on your head!

What are the solutions?

Here’s the top things I would do to help correct and restore problematic scalp issues from the inside out:

  • Eat more healthy fats! The #1 thing your skin LOVES is fats. Take a Fermented Cod liver supplement, cook with REAL butter instead of plant oils, eat an avocado and start your day with 4 eggs.
  • Kick the sugar & grains to the curb. When I was a foster mom I had a little girl whose body was covered in psoriasis almost head to toe. She was on tons of meds for it…when I dropped her meds and put her on a grain free diet her skin cleared up in just 2 weeks.
  • Give dairy a break to see if that’s the cause. For some dairy is a real trigger for skin problems, for others it doesn’t bother them at all. But until you give it a break it’s hard to know.
  • Take a high quality probiotic. Make sure you get a therapeutic grade one, not just one from your local convenience store.
  • Reduce stress. I know it’s easier said than done, but this may be an opportunity to cut some unneeded things out of your life.
  • Make sure you are having at least 1-2 bowel movements a day. This is how your body detoxes, if you are not having proper digestion your body will push toxins out through your skin. I like to take magnesium each morning to make sure my body and bowels move as they should.
  • Drink water with Celtic sea Salt added to it. Mineral salts help your body actually pull the water into your cells to be used, so adding Celtic Sea salt to your water is an easy way to get those in.

How to soothe your scalp & help from the outside in while you implement the things above:

  • Double scrub! To properly wash your scalp you should always wash it twice. For skin & Scalp issues I recommend washing once with our Facial Cleansing Bar because it contains ingredients that pull toxins out of your body & has cleansing oils like tea tree + soothing oils like Lavender.

  • Then wash with the Divinity shampoo bar to balance PH on your scalp, and get some probiotics on there as well.  We have included ACV and Aritha inside the bar to help increase PH balance and feed your scalp. The butters & oils inside this bar are specifically formulated for scalp, hair and synthetic dreadlocks.

  • When washing your scalp use a scalp massager to make sure you are removing dead skin & and any build up.
  • Avoid traditional hair products with ingredients you can’t pronounce. This goes for skin care too b/c whatever goes into your skin, will be in your body. 
  • Do a Crown Nectar Scalp Treatment between dreadlock installs. Cover your scalp with Crown Nectar & let sit for 30 minutes before double cleansing.
  • Aloe vera is really great for scalp health, that’s why we formulated the Cooling Veil with Aloe Vera Juice instead of water like many other dreadlock sprays. When you are feeling itchy give your scalp a good spray and let the Veil soothe while the geranium in it goes to work on restoring your skin.

Remember, training a body to heal itself takes time and it happens in 3 month cycles. So practice these habits above for at least 90 days and then start to look for results.

 They may come sooner, they may take a little bit longer, but no matter what….you, your body, and your confidence are worth it!

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