Scabby Scalp? Maybe it’s the gluten!!!

Scabby Scalp? Maybe it’s the gluten!!!

How Gluten Could Be Damaging Your Scalp

Gluten can be quite damaging to people who are intolerant. To be gluten intolerant implies that your system does not digest gluten, a protein found in grains such as barley, rye, or wheat. 

Read on to find out more about gluten intolerance.

What is gluten intolerance? 

This is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks specific proteins in the body. The result is an inflammatory reaction, which could irritate the skin. These irritations could be in the form of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis herpetiformis, or erythema. You could also experience other symptoms such as headache, tiredness, or joint pains. To determine if you have this condition, you have to observe the symptoms, including dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. These skin conditions can go all the way up to the scalp, leaving it dry and scaly.

How to treat scalp affected by gluten intolerance

Having gluten intolerance can make your scalp dry and scabby, which causes a lot of discomforts. There could also be the presence of visible flakes on the scalp, which is embarrassing. The first step to treating this condition is by getting rid of gluten in your diet. 

Aside you can also try the following treatments to get a clean and moisturized scalp

  • Get an organic shampoo and conditioner: To treat your scalp, it is necessary to use natural products when washing and conditioning your hair. Products slathered with chemicals can only worsen the condition.

  • Avoid gluten hair products: Use gluten-free hair products only to wash and care for your hair. 

  • Apply tea tree oil: Applying tea tree oil to your hair can help treat the scalp. This oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that treat irritations caused by gluten intolerance. Add tea tree oil to your shampoo when washing the hair; you can also dilute it with coconut or any other carrier oil. Leave for 35 minutes before rinsing and conditioning. It is important to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil to avoid further irritation of the scalp.

  • Use apple cider vinegar: Apple cider is another treatment for the inflamed scalp. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe the itchy scalp. You can do this by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water, then use a cotton ball to dab the mixture directly to your scalp for soothing relief.


Gluten could be quite damaging to the scalp if you are intolerant of it. However, there are different ways to manage these conditions. Use the tips listed above if you suffer from gluten intolerance.


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