Studies have shown that a healthy scalp results in a healthy head of hair. A struggling scalp, on the other hand—whether it’s oily, irritated, dry, or severely flaky—can impede the health of the rest of your hair.
There are many types of scalp conditions, and their causes fall under many different umbrellas, including heredity, autoimmune disorders, skin barrier dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, infections, hygiene, and even changes in season, according to Geeta Yadav, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of FACET Dermatology. Many of the symptoms of different scalp conditions look similar, which is why it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a dermatologist.
With so many different types of scalp conditions, there are a variety of products to use to treat each issue. Below, we’ve asked the experts for their best recommendations to treat a wide range of scalp issues.