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How to soothe an irritated scalp naturally

The scalp is skin and may become irritated due to small daily aggressions. Learn how to pamper and soothe your scalp with natural solutions.

How do I know if my scalp is irritated?

Does it itch or is the sensation more of a tingle? Whatever the case, put an end to scalp discomfort and itching with natural solutions!

An irritated scalp is a real source of discomfort: itching, tingling, tightness, burning... Small red patches and dandruff can also appear, or dryness and flaking... in short, an irritated scalp is incredibly unpleasant! Essentially, it is an inflammation of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin), which occurs temporarily when your scalp is exposed to the element that damages it and makes it react. When these signs appear, you need to help out your irritated scalp as soon as possible to avoid further discomfort and the skin becoming more fragile.

What can irritate and damage the scalp?

Sensitive skin is skin that reacts more to aggressions and genetics plays a major role in skin sensitivity. Moreover, the scalp is a particularly sensitive area that we are not used to caring for, even though it faces numerous daily aggressions! Pollution and stress are factors that are difficult to avoid, but that’s not the case for all aggressions.

There are three types of aggressions that affect the scalp: physiological, environmental and lifestyle-related. It’s difficult to control environmental factors like pollution, humidity, UV rays, temperature changes, cold weather, wind etc. Stress is another factor that can be difficult to control too. 

Fortunately, others are easier to avoid: the excessive use of heat when drying hair, which dries and weakens the skin, the use of unsuitable or overly aggressive products (a shampoo that is too detergent, certain dyes, etc.) and certain habits linked to our lifestyle: frequent use of motorbike helmets or smoking. 

As far as physiological causes are concerned, dermatitis linked to an alteration in the skin barrier, such as psoriasis or eczema, are the most common sources, particularly if your scalp is extremely itchy (in which case you should see a doctor).

What does cleansing the scalp entail?   

Cleansing helps restore balance to the scalp, this means soothing it and strengthening it so that it can better protect itself. This requires combining anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action to soothe irritation and itching with a repairing effect on the skin barrier. There are many natural ingredients with these properties: peony contains a molecule with anti-irritant properties and olive has regenerating properties. Nature always has the solution... including when it comes to scalp problems! 

Good habits

5 tips on how to protect your scalp 

  • Use a gentle, natural shampoo that’s suitable for your scalp and don’t overwash your hair to avoid sensitising the scalp.
  • Avoid products with silicone in them as they suffocate the scalp and unbalance it.
  • Use lukewarm water to wash your hair as hot water dries out and damages sensitive skin. 
  • Activate blood circulation with a gentle massage, either when washing your hair or in the evening to relax before bed.
  • Regularly exfoliate the scalp with a suitable product (and remember to be gentle!).


What’s best for calming inflammation? Peony or nasturtium?

The soothing action of peony 

Traditionally used in Chinese medicine since the 10th century for its soothing properties, our botanists have selected this natural active ingredient for its richness in paeoniflorin, a molecule that reduces inflammation by almost 50%. It is therefore ideal for quickly calming sensations of discomfort and itching.

If you have an irritated scalp but don’t have dandruff, choose peony.

Nasturtium, the dandruff fighter

Native to Peru, it is known in traditional pharmacopoeia for its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. For our botanists, this makes it the ideal ally for cleansing the scalp and combating dandruff while calming irritation linked to scalp imbalance. If irritation is accompanied by dandruff (dry or oily), then choose nasturtium. 

The power of peony to calm irritation

We chose Chinese Peony for its richness in paeoniflorin, a molecule with anti-irritant, soothing and anti-free radical properties that’s ideal for calming itchy scalps. We cultivate it in China in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces in a preserved ecosystem.


Do you know how to care for your hair?

A good haircare routine should have 3 steps, after identifying the needs of your scalp and hair lengths.

Arnaud Laures, pharmacist


When does my scalp need one?

Greasy, dull, dirty-looking hair, itchy scalp... These are all signs that your scalp is tired, subjected to the aggressions of city life, stress and pollution. A hair detox is a great solution to purify and energise it. Give it a go!

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