Eczema and Other Skin Conditions

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have sought advice from dermatologists on my hair loss issues.  Last year prior to me finally deciding to go natural, a dermatologist prescribed a shampoo and foam corticosteroid to be applied to the scalp two weeks on – two weeks off.  I was hesitant to try these products but FINALLY decided to give them a try a few months ago.  So far, so good I guess but I really haven’t been using them long enough to notice a big difference.

I have been an eczema sufferer since I was a child so skin issues are nothing new to me.  I just never thought about skin conditions related to my scalp but I guess it makes since – it’s skin.  Prior to using the shampoo and corticosteroid that the derm prescribed last year, I reached both products.  To my surprise, these products are typically used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and other skin conditions.  Seeing what these products were used to treat prompted me to do more research on what products are good for people who suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. While doing research, I discovered the National Eczema Association® site – Eczema research and awareness has come a LONG way since I was a child.  I ended up ordering one of the NEA approved conditioners.

I learned a lot from researching the impacts that various hair products/ingredients have on people who suffer from various skin conditions.  I stopped shampooing and conditioning my hair in the shower after realizing that the break-outs and flare ups that I tended to have around my neck and upper back were possibly due to the hair products/ingredients that I was using.  I had been noticing for a while that some products would cause a ‘tingle’ along the nape of my neck every time I used them.  I haven’t had any break-outs or flare up around my neck and back since I stopped shampooing and conditioning in the shower.  Reference the NEA’s list of Ingredients To Avoid as well as the exederm® site for more information on irritants.

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