Itchy Crawly Skin

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One of my more popular blogs here has been “Dry, Itchy Skin in Perimenopause.”  Apparently, we’re all itchy and scratchy when hormone imbalance hits.

Go figure.

For me, the biggest issue has been an itchy scalp.

But, truth be told, I’ve always had issues with an itchy scalp.  As long as I can remember.  However, by the time I reached perimenopause it had reached new heights.

I thought the itch was going to send me right over the edge.

I tried everything.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  I even spent over $100 on essential oils once.

I was so desperate for relief I completely over did it and used entirely too much on my scalp.  I darn near sent myself into pulmonary distress from inhaling so many of the oils.

I don’t recommend it.

I mentioned in the other post (here) that I eventually saw a dermatologist for my itchy scalp.  It had gotten that bad.  She put me on a steroid shampoo called Clobex, along with an antihistimine called hydroxyzine, which I take at night.  I used the Clobex for a while, but abandoned it due to possible liver and kidney issues from over-use. This was per my dermatologist.

I also use DHS Shampoo (also on the recommendation of my dermotologist) Zinc formula.  It’s fabulous and I highly recommend it.

In addition to the Zinc formula, they also have a Clear formula (completely clean of all irritants such as fragrance), and a Tar formula as well. I’ve been a fan of Neutrogena T-Gel for decades (which works fairly well), but DHS’s tar is every bit as good as Neutrogena.

Maybe better.

Baking Soda Paste & Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

When I made my annual trek to my dermatologist this year, she suggested I try using a Baking Soda paste which is applied directly to your scalp, then rinsing with Apple Cider vinegar.  She swore it worked and had the testimony of one of her best friends.  So I tried it.

And guess what?  It works.  REALLY well.

I also scoured the Internet on the topic and found a great page which has a  selection of recipes for different scalp conditions which can all be treated with Baking Soda paste and Apple Cider Vinegar.

I highly recommend you try it.

DHSThe instructions are to use the vinegar rinse “until your scalp no longer itches.”  So, I’m assuming there is a process involved. If you’re interested in trying the recipes you can get them here.

You can print them all off and keep them handy as a guide.

If the thought of smelling like Apple Cider Vinegar is bothersome for you, you can also use the DHS Shampoos as an after wash, which I’ve also done.

So, after you do the Baking Soda Paste and Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, then follow up with either the DHS Zinc formula, or the Clear formula, or the Tar.  That will get ride of the Apple Cider Vinegar smell and give you double protection.

I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and my itchy scalp has all but disappeared.  I would love to hear if this works for you or if you have any other suggestions.

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