Understanding itchy, scaly
scalp conditions


Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes raised reddish, scaly patches on the scalp. You can’t catch it from someone else, although if someone in your family has it you are more likely to develop the condition.

Seborrhoiec dermatitis

Seborrhoiec dermatitis happens when there is an overgrowth of the yeast that naturally occurs on the hairy parts of the body. This can result in dandruff and Seborrhoiec dermatitis, which causes the itching and flaking. Seborrhoiec dermatitis could also be caused by an over production of sebum, the natural oils secreted by the sebaceous glands in the scalp. This condition is the most common from of scalp eczema.

Scalp Eczema

Scalp Eczema may be characterised by itching, flaky skin, greasy or waxy patches or weeping skin lesions. The greasy scales that can result may encourage the excessive growth of a normal skin fungus called Malasezia Globosa, which may worsen the dandruff.

It’s not understood what can trigger the irritation, but stress, family history and changes in the weather could all play a role.


Dandruff is a condition that 1 in 2 people will be affected by at some stage in their lives, and generally it’s a problem that first manifests during puberty when hormones change and more scalp oils are produced. This provides an ideal condition for the dandruff-causing microbe, Malassezia Globosa.

Why don’t shampoo treatments always work?

Some over the counter treatments lack the ingredients to tackle particular conditions or the strength to cure stubborn conditions. Coco-Scalp contains salicylic acid, which helps to remove scale, and coal tar and Sulfur to reduce inflammation. This combination has been proven to treat mild psoriasis, mild eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis and stubborn dandruff.

Find out how Coco-Scalp treats these scalp conditions

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your healthcare professional.