Eczema is a term applied to a wide range of dermatitis characterized by an itchy rash. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common type of eczema that affects the scalp along with other parts of the body. Seborrheic dandruff is another type of eczema that appears on the scalp, but without the redness commonly associated with eczema. Finding a shampoo that cleans the hair without irritating the condition can be challenging.
There is currently no cure for eczema, although treatment and personal care can help manage the symptoms. Flare-ups are frequently the result of environmental triggers, so patients should pay special attention when they notice an increase in scaling, flaking, itching or redness in and around their scalp. Most shampoos contain ingredients that can can be irritants to people with sensitive skin. Any shampoo that exacerbates the symptoms is suspect as a trigger and should be avoided.
The National Eczema Association has created a an easy-to-use educational tool called the Eczema & Sensitive-Skin Education Program (EASE). The program provides a list of ingredients known to be irritants to sensitive skin that patients can access and compare to ingredients in shampoos. The EASE program also provides a list of personal care products, including shampoos, that have received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance as products specifically intended for the use of persons suffering from severe sensitive skin conditions such as eczema.
Look for a shampoo has the NEA Seal of Acceptance. Exederm's baby shampoo and regular shampoo both received EASE's highest rating of 5 out of 5, meaning they do not contain any known irritants to eczema or sensitive skin.