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Itchy Red Scalp – A Complete Guide


With the humidity here in Singapore, red and itchy scalp is a condition that affects many. Today we bring to you a complete guide for itchy scalps. With some surprising facts and effective cures, this article will help you learn about most of the common scalp problems.

Just Before We Start

Just like your skin, your scalp requires frequent maintenance and care. When the scalp’s protective barrier is weaken, it is easily irritated by external factors, thus causing sensitive scalp. Especially in climates like Singapore, you are better off taking extra precautionary measures when it comes to scalp protection.

Symptoms for Itchy Scalps

Seborrheic Dermatitis and Scalp Psoriasis are two scientific terms that refers to red and itchy scalps. The symptoms for both are pretty evident. However, they differ in minor ways and here is how:

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Red and itchy skin is one of the more apparent symptoms with this type of disorder. In addition to that, one can have greasy and oily patches. Especially in such humidity as in Singapore, it can be quite painful at times. These patches can turn into yellow and white dry scales as they dry up. Seborrheic Dermatitis can cause severe itching at times.

Scalp Psoriasis

Similar to Seborrheic Dermatitis, red and itchy skin is one common symptom for this type of scalp problem. However, in Scalp Psoriasis, one experiences dry and itchy patches on the scalp which turn into whitish scales that look like dandruff. Half of the people having red itchy scalps normally fall to Scalp Psoriasis. It can be too painful at times and severe itching normally causes bleeding.

Causes for Itchy Scalps

Scalps can become red and itchy for a number of reasons. Sometimes, the conditions may not be under your control such as the weather and environmental pollution while on other occasions it has to do with our medical conditions or a lack of cleansing on our part. We will see a few major causes for Itchy scalps.

No Hair Wash

Frequent hair washing is important especially in climate such as Singapore. When hair remain unwashed for too long, skin cells grow more than normal on your scalp causing itchiness. It also causes dandruff so it is important that your scalp gets a good wash at least every two days. Every once in a while you should visit a hair spa for a professional cleansing of your scalp and/or inflamed scalp treatment.


It’s not just your face that needs sunlight protection. As much as it may be ignored sunburn is also a major source of itchy skin. It results in red skin. Cool showers can bring temporary relief but you may require some lotions for better relief.

Stress and Depression

Stress and depression are another cause of itchy skin. Psychological itching is said to be one of the big reason for itchy red skin. Normally, it results in scratch marks on the scalp which are the cause for further itching.

Other Causes

Dandruff, Acne, Allergies, Skin rash are some other causes for itchy skin. To best avoid them, it is important that you take preventive measures such as covering your hair while you are outside, frequent hair wash or going through effective scalp treatment to treat and strengthen your scalp’s protective barrier.

Dos and Don’ts

Our resident trichologist (your scalp and hair expert) recommends using hypoallergenic products. Products with such labels are gentler on the scalp and have lower risks of causing irritation. We also advise against scratching and going through any chemical processes until your scalp has recovered. Sensitive, red and itching scalp can be treated with professional scalp therapies, tackling your problems from the roots. Speak to our specialists at PHS Hairscience today!