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Trying to help my poor mom :(

GeorgieGeorgie Posts: 7Registered Users
I haven't posted much (learned enough to search productively, yay!) but my mom is having scalp problems and is at her wit's end. She's been to regular doctors and dermatologists and the things they've given her have not helped or made it worse. Her scalp is unbearably itchy, dry with what she calls "crusty spots". She's in her 70's. The last doctor she went to tried to give her a sedative and implied she was overreacting...so now she's convinced it's something she just has to put up with. That makes me so furious :angry5:

I talked her into trying Renpure a week ago (she wasn't okay with anything less 'shampoo-y') and it has helped a little, which is the first improvement she says she's had. She also mentioned that she had tried ACV rinse months ago because her stylist suggested it. She said it burned even though it was well diluted. That has me wondering if maybe it's some sort of fungal/bacterial thing?

I was thinking something like jojoba and Tea Tree might help, or at least couldn't hurt?


  • nandiknitsnandiknits Posts: 260Registered Users
    Under the General Discussion board there are stickies at the top that address itchy scalp and other scalp issues. You may want to check out the advise under those headings. What is the diagnosis from the dermatologist?
    CG since June/09
    3a/b extremely thick, coarse, porous
    Loving AOHR, Biolage Conditioning Balm, KCCC.:glasses8:
  • GeorgieGeorgie Posts: 7Registered Users
    :oops: My apologies on two counts. 1. That I didn't search further (so much for learning enough to search productively) and 2. I forgot to say what the doctors told her. *grumbling at myself*

    My mom said they all called it Dermatitis, I'm assuming from the things I've read it's seborrheic (?). They gave her steroid creams and she said one was like an oil. They also told her to use a store brand shampoo but I didn't think to ask which one, she said it made things worse..

    Going to look at stickies now
  • suayressuayres Posts: 15Registered Users
    A catch-all medical term, used by doctors when they don't have a more exact diagnosis. It literally means difficult, painful, or irritated skin. I wanted to suggest a rather odd idea: if Mom wants shampoo, try Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo and Wash. I use it myself, and it's sulfate- and silicone-free. You see, it turned out that the irritation/itching/rashiness I was experiencing turned out to be an allergy. I'm not sure exactly what it was I was allergic TO, but I suspect sulfates just might be the culprits. The Burt's Bees gets its cleaning power from such plant-derived ingredients as cocobetaine (which is found in coconut oil & beets). It will give Mom the suds she probably doesn't feel clean without, but it won't strip her hair. I'm still exploring the world of curly-hair products, but I'm pretty sure I'll continue using Burt's Bees. And no, I don't work for them, I just love their products.
  • GeorgieGeorgie Posts: 7Registered Users
    we found a mix of essential/carrier oils that are helping a little. It's nothing miraculous, but any bit of relief is worth sharing in case someone else might find it useful. This is what we came up with after eliminating several things that she was allergic to (lots of spot testing before scalp testing). Using like a hot oil treatment before washing and a few drops in conditioner.

    8% Neem Oil
    12% Tea Tree
    5% Lavender
    30% Black Currant Seed
    45% Kuikui Nut
    a few drops of patchouli oil to make it smell slightly better.

    thank you suayres, I was starting to get the idea Dermatitis was a catch-all term. She's tried four no-sulfate shampoos so far.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,983Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm glad your mom's problem is getting a little better. And I'm glad she has you in her life. :flower:
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:

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