Scabs on Scalp? Here Is How You Can Treat It!

Updated on February 27th, 2020
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Scabs on the scalp are a form of sores. These sores tend to be itchy and can become an embarrassment when you are out in public. The white residue that becomes visible when you scratch the scalp is often mistaken for dandruff. Even though dandruff is one of the causes of scabs on the scalp, it isn’t the only one.

Other conditions(1) that can cause scabs on the scalp are psoriasis, contact dermatitis, ringworm, head lice, folliculitis, etc.

So how do you combat this issue? The scabs usually clear out on their own, but sometimes it can cause complications that result in hair loss or damage the scalp. Hence, taking treatment and necessary measures is highly advised.

Home remedies are the preferred mode of treating scabs as these are readily available and have no significant side effects.

Dandruff is actually not caused due to dryness, but due to an overproduction of oil in the scalp.

CURE 1: Essential Oils for Scabs on Scalp

1. Lemongrass Oil

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Lemongrass oil contains both antifungal and antiviral properties. It nourishes the scalp and reduces the chances of dry skin. These highly effective properties of lemongrass oil make it one of the best remedies for treating scabs on the scalp. It also reduces the itchiness and offers considerable relief.

How Much to Use?

A 10% solution of the essential oil is the most effective ratio of carrier oil to essential oil for treating the scabs on the scalp. You can prepare this solution by mixing 3 ml of lemongrass oil with 30 ml of carrier oil (coconut oil or olive oil). You can even use jojoba oil for added moisturization.

How to Use It?

  1. Lemongrass oil should be diluted with a carrier oil before use.
  2. You can apply the mixture of carrier oil and lemongrass oil twice a day.
  3. Follow this regimen for at least two weeks for effective results.

[ Read: Lemongrass Oil for Hair ]

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is commonly found in anti-dandruff formulations due to its antifungal and antiseptic properties. It is an excellent cleansing agent that can fight contact dermatitis and acne on the scalp. Tea tree oil can also aid in getting rid of head lice and combat various causes of scabs on the scalp.

How Much to Use?

To create a 1 % solution, you will have to mix 30 ml of carrier oil with 6 drops of tea tree oil.

How to Use It?

  1. Tea tree oil is very strong and should be diluted before usage.
  2. You can start with a 1% solution of the essential and carrier oils and increase the concentration if needed.
  3. Apply the mixture to your scalp.
  4. Allow 30 minutes for the mixture to work its wonders on your scalp.
  5. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

Tea tree oil has been produced commercially only since the 1920s.

3. Peppermint Oil

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Peppermint oil is a rich source of menthol, which is the reason you experience a cooling sensation when you apply the oil. Menthol can reduce the itchiness(2) caused by the scabs on the scalp. Additionally, peppermint oil also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, which can help in reducing dandruff and head lice.

How Much to Use?

Start with a 0.5% solution of the peppermint oil. You can create this mixture by mixing 30 ml of sesame oil with 3 drops of peppermint oil.

How to Use It?

  1. You can create a diluted mixture for peppermint oil and sesame oil and apply it on the scalp twice a day.
  2. Make sure that you only take a few drops at a time to reduce excessive greasiness.

CURE 2: Home Remedies for Scabs on Scalp

1. Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is a common ingredient in most skin and hair care products. It contains beta-glucans, which are anti-inflammatory and can reduce any irritation on the scalp. The colloidal oatmeal also forms a protective barrier on the scalp to lock in the moisture(3). This property becomes very useful in fighting psoriasis and other conditions associated with scabs on the scalp.

How to Use It?

  1. Grind the whole oats into a fine powder.
  2. Mix one-third cup of this powder in a pitcher of warm water and use this as a final rinse after shampoo.
  3. To get optimum results, use this solution every time you wash your hair.

[ Read: Benefits of Oatmeal ]

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is very useful in fighting dandruff and psoriasis. It balances the scalp and can disinfect wounds. It is antibacterial(4), relieves itchiness, and increases the turnover of cells in the scalp to promote hair growth.

How Much to Use?

You will need about one cup of apple cider vinegar for a single-use.

How to Use It?

  1. You can apply a 1:1 solution of apple cider vinegar and water to your scalp and leave it for a few minutes.
  2. Wash it off with warm water.
  3. Repeat the remedy on alternate days to treat scabs on the scalp.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is well-known for its cooling sensation. It is incredibly moisturizing and an excellent remedy for scalp psoriasis as well as dandruff. It can even help soothe the inflammation and itching from scabs on the scalp. In addition to all this, it will also make your hair shinier and smoother.

How to Use It?

  1. Cut open an aloe vera leaf lengthwise and scoop out the gel using a spoon.
  2. Mix the gel so that you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Apply this gel on your scalp and leave it on for at least half an hour before washing it off.
  4. The gel from a single aloe vera leaf should be enough for two uses. You can repeat this treatment three times a week.

Bacterial or fungal infections are the most common causes of scabs on the scalp. 

No More Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp caused by scabs is all it takes to spoil your mood and day. The good news is that scabs are easily treatable with common ingredients found around the house. However, if the condition persists or becomes worse with time, consider visiting a dermatologist to understand the root cause of the scabs on the scalp.


1. What causes a crusty scalp?

The accumulation of dead skin cells is the cause of a crusty scalp.

2. How do I know if I have dandruff or dry scalp?

Dry scalp is accompanied by dry skin in other parts of the body, whereas dandruff results in oily and large flakes that are either yellow or white. The flakes from dry skin are small and white.

3. How long do home remedies take to show results?

You can witness the results within a few weeks. However, some remedies even offer relief on the first use itself.

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