Sandy Scalp

by Lynn
(Vancouver, Canada)

Question about sandy scalp...

About a year and a half ago I moved to a "new" home as well as a "new" job. I was an apt. building manager. It's a very high-stress job.

Anyway, at first I didn't know what to think of this itchy scalp I started to have. I made a point to go purchase Head & Shoulders, wash my hair, following the directions perfectly.

I repeated this 2 days later, but this sand like texture continued to grow "sandier."

Every time I run my hands or finger tips thru my hair, I feel this tiny sand like substance. No matter how much I scratch, it will not go away.

Actually say 2x a month or more, depending how much I decided to scratch that day, it jumps back and fourth from being tiny black sand like dots, to almost spread out bumps of skin at the end of my hair, on my scalp, close, so close to my scalp I find myself picking at them until I can't feel them anymore, or until it hurts.

Please tell me what this could be.

Hi Lynn,

It might be that the black dots you are experiencing on your scalp are the result of a fungal infection, giving you that itchy sandy scalp feeling.

Have you noticed any other symptoms of fungal overgrowth in your system? It may only be external, but many people who get an external fungal infection also have an internal fungal overgrowth (commonly known as candida).

What I would suggest for the scalp is to make yourself a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender oil and apply it to your scalp twice per day.

Before you apply the essential oils, give your head and scalp a good rinse with sea salt in warm water.

Continue this treatment daily for a couple of weeks and see if that takes care of the itch and the sandy scalp feeling. If you find the essential oils too strong using them straight, you can dilute them with some olive oil before applying it.

Your new home may have some mold issues that could cause a fungal infection, but another alternative is that the stress from your new job could have weakened your immune system to the point of allowing a fungal overgrowth in your body.

Those are only two possible scenarios. :) There are unfortunately numerous others that could be the contributing factors, but I only about what you have told me.

Apart from the scalp wash suggested above, you should consider watching your diet for a few weeks and cutting out the sugars and processed foods (particularly carbs) as they do tend to feed fungus.

If you do suspect internal candida overgrowth, also consider an herbal cleanse and some probiotic supplements to help get your system back in balance.

To your good health!

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Aug 06, 2017
Thousands of itchy hard tiny sandy. NEW
by: Terry

Suffered for years. Tried olive oil to soothe my dry itchy scalp. Will try vinegar. In menopause. Nothing seems to work. Mint mouthwash sounds interesting. Doctors won't even touch my scalp to feel the evidence.

Jul 11, 2017
Me too NEW
by: Crazy scalp

Has anyone tried Apple cider vinegar with Epsom salt and lavender oil or tea tree oil....

Nov 01, 2016
Sandy scalp & particles in mouth NEW
by: courtnay

I have been sick for pvt two years with sandy scalp just being one nightmare. I have turned into a recluse because ok am ocd now. I only have comfort if I first wash my hair, then face, then mouth, then body. Then I must wash all of my towels, clothing, linens ; I have a never ending likes of laundry having to change clothes several times a day. This sand on my scalp looks like small grits. I find rinsing hair with antiseptic mint mouth wash to provide quite astonishing results.

Oct 21, 2015
fine sand NEW
by: carlala

Year ago my Doctor acted like he didn't believe me when I feel a fine sand on my scalp He thought it was all in my head.(not on it. ha) He parted my hair on top and peaked for a mili second and said all clear. It can be mental he tells me.
I requested a dermatologist. Went there. Same treatment there. A mili second peak at top of my scalp and an all clear. What else can we do? Honestly it isn't as bad as it was last year but I still push fine sand around with my finger mainly on crown of my head. I am so ready to be rid of it...Take us seriously.
"It isn't in our head" I hope!

Oct 13, 2015
by: Melissa

This problem is HUGE among so many people. If we were doctors we would have a diagnosis but NO ONE knows and doctors certainly have NO idea!! We are not on here imagining we have grainy scalps because we are bored or's because we have it and it's affects us, we are loosing our hair without a cure, treatment or at least some sort of reassurance that it's going to be ok! I've spent hours and hours searching something to help bring my personal battle to closure but no it gets worse. Seriously if just one dermatologist found one patient and trusted them....that would be the first miracle!!! We need a doctor who will listen and believe. I'm more than happy to jet you run your fingers over my scalp....YOU WILL FEEL THE GRAINS....,,and NO I did not just recently go to the beach! It's so sad that doctors and hair specialists don't understand yet there are literally hundreds of posts making these complaints. Whoever eventually treats this will by my hero!!

Jul 21, 2015
Sand scalp NEW
by: Patgrinch

This debilitating horror began in 2008. I have had no peace except occasionally. I'm trying different ideas, like wash hair more often or wash hair less often. I spend endless hours at night sitting up because once you place your head on pillow for any amount of time, that side of the head gets hot and itches even more. The scrunching sound I heard upon scratching was very loud at first. Once or twice my scalp felt like it had a tight cap on it with loud scrunching. This was actually a short relief. I purchased all types of shampoo. Nothing really helps except a shampoo I have been using is called L'Oreal sulfite free. I have not decided results yet. Next I will try salt and water. I think I should stay away from doctor prescribed shampoo. This has irritated my scalp more than regular shampoo.
Do see your doctor about prescription called Clobetasol Propionate Topical Solution, USP, 0.05 percent. Your regular doctor should be able to prescribe. Make sure you have no allergies to this drug. This works for intense flair ups. Use sparingly. It's a corticosteroid.
I still think it has something to do with extreme high humidity, like I am now living in since 2008. Good luck

Jul 08, 2015
Please help NEW
by: Chris

Have you found a cure yet? I have had this for two years..can't find a solution or even a diagnoses

May 18, 2015
bugs? NEW
by: amber

Does it ever fill like you have bugs in you're scalp? I. Do ad have same problem except for I'm finding the spiders that look like hair I'm my hair

May 18, 2015
I have the same exact problem NEW
by: amber

I have had the same problem for going on 3 years. Nothing helps. I started pulling my hair out it has me going nuts.

Sep 27, 2014
"Sandy Scalp" NEW
by: Angie from

The salt is a good external treatment, but for true healing it sounds to me like you are going to need to boost your immune system so that your body can physically fight off your condition and heal your scalp.

So many people underestimate the importance of nutritional support in the body not only for every day health maintenance, but more particularly when your body is being attacked by something.

I encourage practically everyone who visits this site looking for answers to honestly try the three supplements that I call My Daily Essentials as a minimum starting point in tackling most health conditions - internal and external - because they help put your body in a strong position to do what it was created to do - fight off infections, parasites, illness, disease, etc.

Your body can only perform this task with the support you give it. If you don't give the body what it needs, don't expect it to do the job you want it to do.

Hope this helps and that you get this cared for soon.


Sep 26, 2014
started as a sore on scalp NEW
by: I have sandy scalp too

Ive had it since 2012. Been to many drs. They dont know. Ive tried everything my husband and 13 yr daughter have it too now. Ive spent 10, 000 $ on every product. It will eventually turn into some sort of parasite that makes u itch and break out in sores that dont heal on ur scalp face neck and body. I started talking 3 tea spoons ful of salt for a week and drinking alot of water and mixing salt (alot) in my antimicrobial soap im using for shampoo and scrubbing my body and scalp with it also everday I also use good old white vinegar before I shampoo. The sand is going away and I have a few sores left .please pray that God heals this. Feels like a death sentence and so many ppl have this its pathetic.I beleave drs do know what it lady overheard her dr say morgellons when he was in different room but told her it was nothing haha. Its a new fungal parasite im sure of it and it is contagious.

Sep 13, 2014
sand on scalp feeling NEW
by: carlala

For several months now I have been having a problem with my scalp. When it started I thought I might have head lice. For a month I tried home remedies such as over counter lice shampoo, vinegar, kosher salt, olive oil. I felt like a salad dressing. I finally gave up and went to my Doctor. He peeked on the top of my head and said no I didn't have anything. He thought it might be stress or maybe my imagination. I left his office in dismay. A month later My scalp then started feeling like it had particles of fine sand on it especially around the crown. I made an appointment with a Dermatologist. She looks on the top of my head and says your scalp looks healthy and gave me some samples of a shampoo that did nothing. My Husband thinks I am imagining it. I can shampoo my hair and it comes immediately back and it is all over my scalp. I can see nothing, just feel the grainy stuff as I push it away with the fatty part of my fingers. Now my fingers are feeling puffy from pushing sand loose and it irritates my scalp. It's like rubbing sharp sand on sensitive skin. I am beside myself. I Don't know what to do>?

Oct 25, 2011
Another Sandy Scalp Rinse Idea
by: Angie

Very odd about the gummy feeling. I don't know what would cause that. I'll be interested in hearing if the sea salt and water rinse and the essential oils clear it up for you.

Something else I thought of that you may want to try is organic (raw) apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it). ACV can be used as a good scalp rinse, but it didn't come to my mind last night so I wanted to remember to mention it today.

Do keep us posted.

Oct 25, 2011
Sandy Scalp- added info
by: Lynn

The sandy scalp is just on the crown of my head. I was washing my hair the other day , in the shower. I used a small amount of shampoo, washed like normal, applied conditioner
and you know when you rinse conditioner out of your hair, how nice and silky the hair feels, well mine did except the crown of my hair & scalp. It felt gummy? I conditioned again and still gummy?
The next day my hair feels nice like it always does, except just on the crown it gets super dry, a little tender from scratching but not itchy though. It never is really itchy per say. It gets a little irritated due to scratching. I do know that scratching isn't good, it causes an infection, then can spread it. I have had no problems at all with my hair in the past. I do color it and have been for years so I do not assume it is the product of hair color. I do not use anything else otherwise.
Maybe that

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