Written on: Jan 27, 2019 By: Shari Hicks-Graham
Both of my children had dry scalp as newborns. As a new parent, it was frustrating because I knew that I was doing everything in my power to care for them and keep them clean. Despite my efforts, the flaky scalp build-up returned day after day. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to bother my babies at the time, but it was frustrating until I gave my maternal instincts a boost by tapping into my expertise as a dermatologist. It’s understandable to be confused or concerned that your healthy, beautiful baby has what seems to be dandruff?! We rarely see infants in dandruff shampoo commercials so we are not quick to associate this condition with infants but it happens. People often call this condition “cradle cap” or baby dandruff. The medical term is seborrheic dermatitis. Cradle cap typically resolves on its own with time, but it may also become a relapsing and remitting condition over the years. Generally speaking, this condition is harmless and should not be a cause for concern in infants. Regardless, I will share some basic ideas to help understand the best way to manage cradle cap.
Cradle cap may be identified by flaky, scaly, white or yellow debris on the scalp of your baby soon after he or she is born. It is a common condition found in 10 percent of all infants. However, the condition is not just unique to babies! Lots of older children and adults also suffer from the same bothersome symptoms as cradle cap. Although the precise reason for cradle cap is unclear, we know that when babies are born, their normal bacterial flora may not be as well developed, which may allow more yeast (particularly Malassezia) to grow and contribute to this flaky scale. Additionally, maternal hormones from birth can add to the development of this yeast by stimulating more sebum onto the skin. Typically, with time, the baby outgrows the condition; however, many older children and adults continue to struggle with dandruff to varying degrees.
Thankfully, treatment of cradle cap is fairly simple. First, be gentle when handling the scalp. There is no benefit in aggressively scrubbing or scratching a flaky scalp, in fact, this may aggravate the skin and cause damage or risk for further infection. Next, cleanse the scalp with a mild shampoo. For infants, we recommend something tear-free and appropriate for their age that has no harsh surfactants, which may overdry the skin and cause more irritation. Of course, consistency is key. It is better to be gentle with regular treatment than aggressive and sporadic with the shampoo regimen. Use a soft washcloth to gently massage the shampoo into the scalp and rinse well with warm water. Cradle cap can often be effectively managed by shampooing twice weekly. If shampooing twice per week over the course of a few weeks proves to be insufficient in managing the condition, then a doctor may prescribe an antifungal shampoo like ketoconazole or even a low-potency hydrocortisone cream for a limited period of time. After each shampooing regimen, it is important to ensure that the scalp dries well to prevent having a damp environment where yeast may thrive, offsetting your efforts to resolve the issue.
Infancy is a special time for both a parent and a child and we always want to have the best information to help our children be healthy and comfortable. Remember, there will always be some uncertainty during an infant’s life and some challenges may arise, but if you see some symptoms that seem like cradle cap on your infant, there is no need to panic. The condition is quite manageable and the condition is not necessarily an indication of the overall health or hygiene of your baby. When in doubt, consult a board-certified dermatologist for a more thorough evaluation of the condition. We are inspired with the opportunity to serve and be a resource to you along the way as you LivSo healthy and free.
Shari Hicks-Graham, MD
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Moisturizing Shampoo - Apply to wet scalp and hair, lather and rinse. Repeat once or twice as needed. Our gentle, sulfate-free formula is intended to effectively cleanse without overdrying your hair and skin. Massaging the scalp while applying is also recommended to improve circulation throughout the scalp. Use at least weekly for best results. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View a quick tutorial video here.
Moisturizing Conditioner - Apply to scalp and hair for at least three minutes, detangle or comb gently using a wide-toothed comb, then rinse out completely. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View quick tutorial video here.
Moisturizing Lotion - Apply to scalp after washing and conditioning, before drying & styling hair. May also apply to scalp daily as a moisturizer. This product also works well on the hair itself for extra moisturization to improve manageability. View a quick tutorial video here.
The products are designed to be used at least once per week but may be used as often as three times per week depending on your hair and scalp condition and moisturizing needs.
Yes! The Moisturizing Lotion is a versatile product. Although it is formulated to be a light moisturizer applied directly to the scalp to alleviate dryness and itchiness, many use it directly on the hair for additional hydration from the roots to the tips. Men also find it useful to moisturize their beards without leaving their hair with an oily finish or strong fragrance.
Yes. Although we did not do a unique test for color safety, we are familiar with all of our ingredients and have yet to receive feedback relating to issues with use on color treated hair.
Our independent clinical trial consisted of only adult participants. Please be advised that our products do not have a tear-free formula and they were not studied for use on children. Be careful to avoid direct contact with the eyes.
LivSo was designed for people with dry itchy scalp and curly or textured hair, regardless of ethnicity or gender. If you have a textured hair type that dries out easily with typical dandruff shampoos or sulfate products, this product is for you. Curly or textured hair, by nature, requires more moisture to prevent breakage, splitting and ensure its luster. The cuticle of curly and textured hair tends to be more ruffled as opposed to flat, which prevents oil from the scalp from wicking from the root to the tip of the hair causing it to look and feel drier.
Beyond those who have dry, itchy scalp, if you have dry curly hair, our products were expertly crafted to promote scalp health and meet your hair cleansing and moisturizing needs.
To our friends with straight hair and dry, itchy scalp, LivSo products are formulated to meet your needs as well. Our line of products may feel more moisturizing than alternative products without a focus on hydration, but they will still work to alleviate dry itchy scalp.
Creating products that are safe and gentle for your skin and hair without compromising efficacy is our highest priority. We include numerous natural ingredients in all of our products but we do not focus on being all-natural because natural elements and therefore natural products may not necessarily be safe and gentle. Our products are gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and are not derived from animals in any way.
Acetyl alcohol will not dry out your hair, in fact, it does just the opposite. Acetyl alcohol is a conditioning agent and a fatty alcohol, which actually has a moisturizing effect on the hair and skin as opposed to isopropyl alcohol, which is your common rubbing alcohol.
Glycolic acid is a valuable and effective ingredient included in our Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and can increase photosensitivity on the skin. As such, we want to ensure that those with sun sensitivity are aware of its presence. We believe sunburn risk from using these products is still fairly low because the hair on the scalp protects the scalp from being exposed to direct sunlight. If you are wearing a protective style where parts of your scalp is exposed or if have a very short haircut, we advise that you apply sunscreen on any exposed areas.
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