Scabs on the scalp are a result of cracks in the skin of the head that bleed and dry. The dried blood forms a scab and helps the wound heal. Picking at a scab constantly reopens the wound, causing it to bleed again. Then it forms another scab. It can be tempting to pick at a scab because as it forms, the skin tightens and dries out, drawing your attention to it. There are several things you can do to help facilitate quick scab healing.
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A little bit of prevention goes a long way. Scalp skin is tender, sensitive, and can be damaged easily. Regardless of the cause of scabs on your scalp, if you tend to get them or already have them, take some steps to prevent them from occurring and from getting worse.
Preventive measures to keep the scalp moisturized help the skin retain elasticity which helps when scabs do form. Try a weekly scalp mask of beaten eggs, olive oil, or aloe vera applied all over your scalp.
As the scab is forming, it tightens the skin and becomes dry. Tightness and dryness can cause an itching sensation. To overcome those sensations, keep scabs moist by using aloe vera or a scalp moisturizer. Replenishing the skin's natural oils and moisture helps to replace skin's elasticity thereby reducing the tightness. The skin will also not feel as dry, therefore the itching sensation will subside.
When you notice scabs on your scalp, it is important to take care of them and resist the urge to pick them off. Picking them off will cause additional injury.
A complication of scabs on the scalp is the risk of infection. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar act as antibacterial agents. When combined with warm water or warm oil and massaged into the scalp, infection can be prevented or eliminated.
Understand that scabs take some to heal and with proper prevention, maintenance, and care, they will heal faster.
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