• Flakey head

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Flakey head

    My mostly bald head is dry and flakey especially around the crown of my head. I also have some sort of bumps or scabs back there as well. Any suggestions before I flake away down to my skull? Can you use body lotion on your noggin? I've been told vitamin E, but I did not have good luck w/that on a surgical wound from a tendon repair a long time ago.

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I got this really bad as well. I spoke with my Oncologist about it and he said the chemo was causing it. One of the other "not so serious" side effects. I just put lotion on it and called it a day.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Try Sarna lotion. You can get it at CVS. It is for sensitive skin and aids with itching as well. It is what was recommended by my PS after my reconstruction when my breasts were dry and itchy.

      over 3 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      I've tried Eucerin, Cetaphil cream, Aquafor, Aveeno, pure coconut oil. Sure I've missed a few... Chemo and our cold Ohio winters really cause some damage.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have using jobajoba oil or emu oil all over my body, including my scalp and hair after I shower. I shut the water apply, get out and towel dry. My scalp and hair are in great shape - you can buy either or both on amazon, vitacost.com or eBay. I suggest buying a 1 or 2 oz bottle of each and try it out. It will last for enough time to get idea if it helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      My dr suggested I use Udderly Smooth on my skin..........I developed a rash & used steroid cream; now that the rash has subsided, it left me with leathery skin. Udderly Smooth seems to work.

      over 3 years ago
    • marie60's Avatar

      I came across a nifty pin on pinterest. You make an emulsion of 3 parts coconut oil, 1 part olive oil. It's really nice. I use it all over now.

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Bumps and scabs... Acne? Yup - I had that - and bad.

      I did two things, and it cleared up within a week.
      1) when I showered, I used hibiclens on my head (avoiding eye / ear contact).
      2) after I showered, I put a salicylic acid solution on my head.

      MAGIC - no more scalp acne - no more flakey business - just a baby smooth head.

      Good luck! I hope you are able to find a good solution quickly!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      Chemotherapy can have this and some more serious side effects on the scalp. I had to use prescription strength cortisone lotion and prescription topical antibiotic cream from the start of chemotherapy until about a month after it ended. The salicylic acid shampoos are great, and the same ingredient can be found in conditioners, too, once you're well beyond chemotherapy. Another product that helps scalp problems is DHS brand shampoo with zinc in it. It's very gentle on the skin and helps to stop itching. My dermatologist told me to use only Cereve moisturizing cleanser on my scalp and body during chemotherapy, and once the scalp healed and hair started growing back, continue using it as a skin cleanser instead of any brand of soap. The same brand makes a day lotion and a night lotion. They work as well or better than all the much more expensive brands on the market, so consider trying them.These products are available at the big chain drugstores as well as many of the locally-owned stores. You can also find them on the web. Good luck, and keep in mind that this problem starts fading away when you're on the other side of treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      I'd try coconut oil. I use it in place of a moisturizer. I would think that anything really greasy, like Vaseline, might make it go the other way, and get even itchier. I've used coconut oil on my arms when they get winter dryness. Coconut oil seems greasy when you put it on, but when you rub it in, it is absorbed really well.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      It's not dandruff? I read somewhere that dandruff shampoo helped hair grow, so I was using it lol (won't hurt).

      For dry spots on my face emu oil did wonders for me, can't see why it wouldn't work on your scalp.

      over 3 years ago
    • Sofi's Avatar

      Don't know if this would help or not, but my "cancer coach" recommended Egyptian Magic cream. She said it doesn't have any of the bad stuff that can get absorbed through the skin. She recommended it specifically for my port incision that has been itchy and uncomfortable. They sell the cream at Whole Foods, but I found it cheaper on Amazon.

      over 3 years ago
    • Hollyberry's Avatar

      a natural solution working for me is tea tree shampoo/conditioner even though I don't have much hair left. You can get it in an oil form as well.

      over 3 years ago

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