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3 Reasons to Stay Away from Essential Oils for Cradle Cap

3 Reasons To Stay Away From Essential Oils For Cradle Cap

When parents find themselves dealing with a case of cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis) on their baby’s scalp, the first instinct is typically to get rid of the flakes and scales. However, while it may look so, cradle cap isn’t a bothersome or painful condition. Your best bet is to use a medicated shampoo specifically for cradle cap and let your baby’s skin clear up naturally over time.

Have you considered a cradle cap essential oil remedy for your little one? Having trouble determining what essential oil is good for cradle cap? You may be shocked to learn that you shouldn’t rely on essential oils for cradle cap in infants.

Here are some of the reasons to consider an alternative instead of a cradle cap essential oil recipe and home remedy:

Essential Oils Can Block Pores

Oily substances used on the skin are meant to break down dryness and revamp the moisture in the skin’s outermost layers. However, we all know how oil works – once it’s on the surface, it isn’t going anywhere until it’s washed away.

In this way, essential oils could actually clog the pores of your baby’s skin if you apply the oil to cradle cap in hopes of an effective result. This can lead to an allergic reaction or an infection that makes the condition worse than how it started.

Fragrances Can Damage the Skin

Fragrances found in essential oils, perfumes, body washes, and shampoos are meant to be complex, creating a tantalizing experience for your senses. But this complexity can also be damaging to sensitive skin, especially in babies. Fragrances open up the possibility of an allergic reaction or similar side effects, and fragrant essential oils can ultimately add redness, pain, and irritation to cradle cap.

Oils are Messy and Bothersome

There’s no denying how messy essential oils – or any type of oil, for that matter – can be when it touches the surface of the skin. Using essential oils to work through the flakes and scales of your baby’s cradle cap might seem like a good idea at the time, but it can be a messy journey to get there.

Trust in Happy Cappy Shampoo Instead

If you still believe in the power of essential oils for cradle cap, we recommend natural tea tree oil in small amounts. This type of oil has antifungal, antimicrobial, and soothing properties that can be useful in your journey to a clear scalp for baby, but it won’t be the ultimate fix.

Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a medicated shampoo designed for cradle cap like our Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash can help loosen up the scaly flakes on your little one. This is a simple way to give yourself peace of mind and ensure you’re on the right track to diminishing the condition for your baby.

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