The 5 Best Eczema Shampoos to Treat an Itchy Scalp

Just as there are different ointments and creams to treat eczema flare-ups on your skin, there are a number of shampoos you can use to soothe itchy, flaky or irritated scalps. Keep your eyes peeled for a few key ingredients that can help address these symptoms, which we’ll get into below.

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dhs zinc shampoo

Dhs Zinc Shampoo

Formulated with 2 percent zinc pyrithione, this shampoo has both antifungal and antibacterial properties, which is why it’s commonly used to treat seborrheic dermatitis (a form of eczema on the scalp that most often shows up as yellow scales). Tip: Leave the lather in your hair for a few extra minutes before rinsing it off.

babo botanicals sensitive baby shampoo wash

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Shampoo & Wash

As anyone with eczema knows, the key to preventing and treating flare-ups can be to pare down the number of potentially irritating ingredients that you come into contact with. This gentle formula has plant-based cleansers and colloidal oatmeal so you can cleanse from tip-to-toe without worry. 

mustela stelatopia shampooing mousse

Mustela Stelatopia Shampooing Mousse

Another pick that’s technically formulated "for babies" but is frequently used by adults, this foaming mousse shampoo is pH-balanced and fragrance-free to leave your scalp clean, never stripped. (It’s also approved by the National Eczema Association.) 

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Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Shampoo

This cult favorite has piroctone olamine (another commonly used antifungal ingredient) to relieve flaking and itching, while coconut and sugar beet derived surfactants whisk away excess oils. We especially like the pointed tip applicator, which you can use to section off your hair for an even application throughout. 

ducray elution rebalancing shampoo

Ducray Elution Rebalancing Shampoo

If you’re looking for a hydrating shampoo that also calms an itchy scalp, this dermatologist pick (now available on Dermstore's newly rebranded site) blends the aforementioned piroctone olamine with glycerin and panthenol to nourish your strands and make them more manageable. Tip: Use this in conjunction with your other shampoos or treatments to balance your scalp.

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