Causes of an itchy scalp, and how to fix it

An itchy scalp is a common condition, often associated with inflamed or broken skin under the hair or a rash on the scalp. From dandruff to psoriasis, there are many causes of an itchy scalp and it’s important to identify them in order to get the proper treatment. Read on to find out more about what causes an itchy scalp and how to stop it. 


One of the most common and simple causes of itchy scalp in adults is dandruff. An overgrowth of yeast called malassezia causes the scalp to become inflamed, which leads to the itching and flaking symptoms associated with dandruff. Itchy scalps brought on by dandruff can become further aggravated by infrequent shampoo usage, which leads to a buildup of oil and dead skin cells.

Itchiness associated with dandruff can be treated with an over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo. Regular use of CLEAR Scalp Oil Control Shampoo offers fast-acting relief from the dryness, itching and irritation that effect dandruff scalps while nourishing and restoring your scalp.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Another common condition that can result in an itchy scalp is seborrheic dermatitis. This ailment affects oily areas of the body such as the scalp and face, causing a red, itchy rash, patches of dry skin and dandruff flakes. In most cases, seborrheic dermatitis is a long term condition and will need repeated treatments before the symptoms cease. 


Psoriasis is a skin ailment that includes some of the same symptoms seborrheic dermatitis, such as an itchy scalp, soreness and dandruff. Because of these similarities, people often assume that these ailments are one in the same. However, psoriasis affects a larger area of the scalp beyond the hairline and can cause patchy scales or thick crust to appear in particularly bad cases. 

Mild cases of scalp psoriasis can be effectively treated through the use of coal-tar ointments that slow the growth of skin cells on the scalp and ease symptoms.

In the case of Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis, we recommend you to consult your dermatologist to understand your condition and seek recommendation for suitable treatment.

At the same time, you can always consider to use CLEAR Deep Cleanse with Activated Charcoal and Mint. Its active ingredients can help to cleanse and cool the surface of the scalp.

An itchy scalp can be a serious blow to a person’s confidence and comfort. Thankfully, Clear Shampoo has a range of products that can soothe itchy scalp associated with dandruff and help your scalp feel cool and fresh. However, in chronic or severe cases of itchiness, it is always advisable to consult a physician before attempting any home treatments.