Firstly, it’s hard enough seeing loved ones suffering with itchy or sensitive skin conditions on their faces and bodies. However, when it’s itchy scalp, it can be harder to understand the full impact the irritation is having on them.  For some people, it’s the persistent dusting of dandruff on the shoulders of their clothes that can be embarrassing.  Especially when they do wash their hair, after al. Unlike the common misconception, suffered by many itchy scalp sufferers.

Similarly, for other people, their itchy scalp might be caused by cradle cap, dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema on the scalp and hair line.   All of which, result in occasional weeping sores that are not only hard to heal but make brushing the hair difficult. Traditional medicated shampoos are the only suggested products for use on extremely dry or flaky scalps, for instance.  However, while medicated shampoos are widely available in supermarkets and chemists more often than not, they cause more problems than they solve.

Do medicated shampoos work itchy scalps?

In addition, medicated shampoos usually work by loosening the dry skin on the scalp, making it easier to remove and wash away the flaky skin. However, while they can help in the short term, a flaky scalp is likely to reoccur in the long run.  The rationale, is that shampoos only treat the immediate symptoms and don’t address the root cause of the problem.  That’s why finding a daily hair care regime specifically designed for your scalp, is most important.

A downside of a lot of medicated hair products is that they often contain harsh chemicals.   Some of the worst chemicals for an itchy scalp are sodium lauryl sulfate [SLS] & sodium lauryl ether sulfate [SLES].  Both these ingredients are the most common foaming agents used in shampoo today.  In addition, they are known skin irritants that can cause dryness, irritation, or even eczema flare-ups.   For instance, they could be adding to an itchy scalp problem rather than helping solve it.

Getting to the root cause of an itchy scalp?

Like all itchy, flaky skin conditions, the trigger or cause of an itchy scalp might be one of many things. These include chronic conditions such as: dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema, to name a few. Furthermore, these conditions can be aggravated by the use of harsh artificial additives found in many of today’s hair shampoos and conditioners. Adding to that, all the chemicals in hair dyes, hair gels and styling sprays, and it’s no wonder we are all scratching our heads!  Itchiness can also be caused, or aggravated, by fungal infections or parasites such as: nits, dust mites or other airborne allergens.

In addition, don’t underestimate the impact that hormonal stress and poor diet can play in the overall health of your scalp and skin. Our friend at Mummy Mojo, Amy Down, who is Health and Nutrition Coach has written an article looking at the effects of stress on our skin. Many skin conditions, including eczema, are strongly linked to stress. Above all, Amy shows that managing our stress levels is an important part of the treatment and management of healthy skin.  Click here to read Amy’s article called ‘Is Your Skin Stressing You Out?’

Manuka Biotic shampoo and conditioner for dandruff and itchy scalps

Finding a natural product that works to keep the scalp healthy can be difficult.  Especially for those with scalp and skin sensitivities or with pre-existing conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Manuka Biotic have formulated a natural shampoo and conditioner; free from additives, parabens, and perfumes. Most importantly, this is a natural shampoo that is ideal for keeping your scalp healthy.

Our Shampoo and award winning Conditioner contains  Argan Oil, which is one of the richest sources of a unique composition of botanical oils. This revitalising oil improves hair flexibility and softness, while also offering anti-oxidant protection and nourishment for the skin.  In addition, it helps to keep the scalp balanced and healthy as part of a daily skincare regime.

All our hair care products contain certified organic Manuka and Kanuka Essential Oils.  Both are known for their powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, which work to keep the scalp clean. Another soothing ingredient we use is Balm Mint.  This gentle extract helps to soothe and stabilise  the overactive oil-producing glands on the scalp.  Overactive oil glands are a common cause of dandruff and other scalp conditions, in many cases.

Our Hair care range is perfect for relieving a sensitive scalp. The natural, toxin-free formula is designed to leave their scalp grease free, and hair soft and manageable.

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Why Manuka Biotic?

  1. We use the worlds only certified organic Manuka oil.
  2. All our products contain potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and repair the skin.
  3. Our products are 100% New Zealand made.
  4. Our products are made using natural ingredients and are FREE from:
    • Parabens
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & SLES
    • PEGs, PABA, EDTA
    • Added fragrances & colouring
    • Petrochemicals
    • Mineral Oils
    • Phenoxyethanol
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Phthalates
    • Animal testing or animal derivatives

Manuka Biotic is natural skincare for the whole family, giving you access to the potent power of Manuka Oil.