If you’re dealing with eczema – particularly scalp eczema - rest assured that you’re not the only one; the most common form, atopic eczema, affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK, while across the pond it affects an estimated 31.6 million people in the U.S.
A new report for National Eczema Week shows the significant impact it has on our lives. The Eczema Unmasked Report was carried out by the Eczema Society to show the emotional toll conditions like scalp eczema can take on people's self-esteem.
Of the 1000 respondents of adults and parents of children with eczema, the survey found:
But what exactly is scalp eczema?
According to MONPURE Resident Dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan: “Eczema is a non-contagious dry skin condition, where the skin’s protective barrier is compromised, making it vulnerable to irritants and allergens. As a result the skin becomes inflamed. Eczema can affect any area of the body, including the scalp.”
“Among the most frequent forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which manifests itself as itchy, sore and painful skin (51 million people in the UK suffer from an itchy scalp), together with dryness and discolouration, as well as rashes which can bleed when scratched.
“Another common type of scalp eczema is known as seborrheic dermatitis, which shows up as scaly patches, red, inflamed, itchy skin, and flaking. As well as the physical symptoms, those affected may experience mental health issues such as sleeplessness, anxiety and depression.
“However other scalp conditions are associated with symptoms that are very similar to eczema, (e.g. dryness and itching) such as psoriasis and fungal infections, so it’s important to get a firm diagnosis if you’re unsure.
How can I prevent eczema on my scalp?
“When it comes to treatment, topical steroids for the scalp can be prescribed, as well as emollient creams and oils. For mild forms of eczema, you might want to use a shampoo with zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, and selenium sulphide. I would also recommend MONPURE’s Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, which contains hydrating aloe vera and anti-inflammatory witch hazel, to alleviate itching and redness.”
To mark #NationalEczemaWeek, MONPURE are here to offer expert advice and support for anyone dealing with scalp eczema. Send your questions to our resident dermatologist at firstname.lastname@example.org