If Your Scalp is Peeling Off in Chunks or You Have Sores or Scabs, Here is How to Help

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Sores and scabs can be unpleasant and make you uncomfortable in your skin.  You may also experience itching, scaling, dandruff flaking, or peeling off from the scalp. No need to worry; it can be resolved.

Some of these scalp conditions clear up on their own, while others may require special care and attention or medical treatment.

Some products can significantly help to remedy symptoms of scalp peeling off in chunks.

Causes and remedies of scabs, sores on the scalp and scalp peeling off

To find the appropriate treatments for the conditions, it is vital to understand the causative factors. Some of the most common causes are:

  1.           Seborrheic dermatitis

It is a scalp condition whose significant symptoms are flaking/dandruff, sores on the head, itching, and redness.

Scaling occurs in whitish or yellow greasy or crusty skin patches on the hair, especially areas with the most sebaceous (oil) gland activity. This is mainly on the hair near the scalp.

Infants experience a condition known as cradle cap, which clears as they grow. It can be eased by moisturizing the baby’s scalp and massaging gently.

The condition is a non-contagious, lifelong condition that appears, disappears with treatment, and flares up from time to time.

It is aggravated by Malassezia, a type of yeast present on everyone's skin but overgrows in some people.

Other factors that may cause it include an increased level of androgens, increased level of skin lipids, inflammatory reactions, family history, stress, cold and dry climate, using alcohol-based lotions, an account of other skin disorders, among others.

It is simple to diagnose since the symptoms are in the appearance of the scalp.

It, however, does not cause hair loss.


-Regular shampooing using medicated shampoos containing ingredients selenium, zinc pyrithione or coal tar, and salicylic acid can help control dandruff. The shampoo with active ingredients should remain on the scalp for at least five minutes before rinsing.

-Anti-dandruff products will be helpful for mild cases, especially lotions, ointments, and shampoo.

-For severe cases, a medic or dermatologist should be consulted for further advice.

-If swollen lymph nodes accompany the condition, antimicrobial treatment may be required.

-Among other simple healthy things you can do to reduce your risk are getting enough rest, controlling your emotional stress, and getting small daily doses (minutes) of sunshine.

  1.           Contact dermatitis

It is an allergic reaction that occurs as a result of touching or making contact with certain things. Some of these include soap, cosmetics, latex, fragrances, jewelry, and poison ivy. It causes the scalp to develop itchy or burning dry patches.

Upon scratching the area, scabbing or bleeding occurs.


-Avoid the products irritating.

-Clean the scalp thoroughly using mild soap and lukewarm water.

-Application of petroleum jelly helps to soothe the burning and irritation.

- To counter the effects, use anti-itch treatments such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream.

-In case of prolonged effects, consult a skin expert.

-Antihistamine drugs can calm the allergic responses.

    iii.            Scalp psoriasis

It is a skin disorder that results in bumpy, scaly, and reddish patches on the scalp. According to doctors, overgrowth of cells is the primary cause, and in some cases, the patches extend to the forehead, ears, and neck.

It causes itching, which can cause hair loss. Dandruff-like flakes and whitish scales are visible on the scalp. There is usually a burning sensation accompanied by soreness.


- Use medicated shampoos, gels, lotions, soaps, creams, oils, ointments, and foams.

- Salicylic acid and coal tar are prescribed over the counter to help the condition. Antimicrobials may be recommended.

-Other drugs such as Calcipotriene, which is rich in Vitamin D, forms of Vitamin A, and steroids, can help the condition. 

Scalp peeling off in chunks can result from three types of conditions on the scalp; Fungal growth scalp, dry scalp, or product build-up scalp.

To remedy dry scalp, hydrating and moisturizing shampoos are highly recommended. Choose a shampoo with active ingredients such as zinc and avoid those containing sulfates which strip away natural oils from the scalp.

Fungal growth scalp is mainly caused by increased sebum on the scalp or an off-balance pH of the scalp and, in most cases, is a chronic condition.

Switching up your current shampoo, conditioner, and styling products with milder ones that contain active zinc will ease the condition.

Massaging the scalp helps with general blood supply and circulation to the scalp and hair.

Product build-up scalp occurs due to the accumulation of oils, dead skin cells, and hair products such as layering gels, hair serum, hairspray, wrap lotions, and scalp oils. Proper and regular shampooing helps reduce the build-ups.

It is essential to look out for scalp conditions, including Seborrheic eczema, ringworms, head lice, lichen planus, shingles, Lupus, and Eosinophilic folliculitis. These conditions can cause scabs, sores, and peeling off of the scalp.

Taking immediate action to remedy scabs and scalp problems once you notice them helps treat the possible condition and maintain a healthy scalp.

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