How To Treat Psoriasis On The Scalp

How To Treat Psoriasis On The Scalp

How to treat Psoriasis on the scalp is something that most Psoriasis sufferers know, more or less efficiently. But to treat this skin condition using natural methods is another thing.

People nowadays depend so much on conventional treatment that they forget that treating an ailment naturally can be more effective. It also has the great advantage of not having side effects.

Psoriasis on the scalp is where more than 50% of the sufferers will have it.

It can begin with a very mild Psoriasis outbreak, with light, fine flaking. It may also be very serious with hard, callous patches covering a lot, if not most of the scalp. Psoriasis can expand beyond the hairline; even show on the forehead as well as the back of the neck and behind and around the ears.

Several other skin disorders, such as seborrheic dermatitis, can look like Psoriasis, except that scalp Psoriasis looks more like some kind of powder with a silvery glaze contrary to seborrheic dermatitis which appears more like a yellowish and greasy patch.

How to treat Psoriasis on the scalp

We already know in the medical world, and through my personal experience, that we better use pharmaceutical creams or lotions in combination and/or in rotation because of the individual, as Psoriasis usually becomes less and less responsive to medications when we make use of it over a period of time.

Systemic medications, which are drugs that spread throughout the body and are normally in use for sufferers with moderate to severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. So it will not normally appear on a prescription for a scalp Psoriasis, but we may use it if Psoriasis is active on other places of the body.

Scalp Psoriasis and food

There also some foods that can help cure your Psoriasis. Here is a short video that lists the 20 best foods to eat that will help:

Mild scalp psoriasis

For a very mild scalp Psoriasis a tar based product and salicylic acid should normally work .

There is quite a variety of coal tar and non-coal tar shampoos for treating scalp Psoriasis available on the market; and you must remember that medicated shampoos are for the scalp and not the hair. Therefore, you will normally wash your hair with your favorite shampoo, rinse, then wash with the medicated shampoo following the instructions on the package.

I have been using them before discovering the holistic method, it’s okay, but it leaves you with a strange smell of tar, which can be pleasant for those who like that scent, but rather annoying for others.

In some cases doctors will inject the cracks on the scalp with steroid drugs. Again, this will only be done when the scalp Psoriasis is mild and affects smaller surfaces. Steroid injections are offered cautiously because this medication will better enter into the system.

Moderate to severe scalp Psoriasis

For those who suffer from a more severe situation of scalp Psoriasis, you might be offered to test different treatment programs before you determine the one that suits you best. It is up to your doctor decide and he/she may prescribe antimicrobial treatment if there are complications.

How To Treat Psoriasis On The Scalp

There are several known topical treatments as well as systemic medication treatments for scalp Psoriasis which I will not be listing here as the purpose of this blog is to educate the public about treating their Psoriasis holistically.

Exposure to natural sunlight may also help if your hair is very thin or your head is shaved, but to be considered in moderation as it might bring other problems such as skin cancer. Blue light therapy can also work well.

Scalp itch

Usually itching is the main problem for those with scalp Psoriasis. Fortunately you can easily get hold of ver-the-counter tar shampoos and shampoos containing menthol which will normally help reduce the itching. Topical steroids and oral antihistamines are also effective for reducing scalp itch.

How to treat Psoriasis on the scalp

There are also various programs that I have used and of which I can personally recommend. They are basically designed to start with a complete detox of the body, then following a healthy diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables and often on various juices. The ultimate goal for these programs is help you get rid of your Psoriasis, but it has also the great benefit of having you shift a few pounds at the same time, so I can highly recommend any of those that I have tested on my “Products Reviews” Page.

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  • Jimmy

    Am sure this site can help those with psoriasis like me. You have identified the causes and how to treat it so it will be easier for some to know and follow the steps for self-care.

    One thing I observed when I was undergoing treatment with my body is that I suffer from the side effects of steroid medicines in the stomach, it’s good there is topical medication and it helped a lot.

    • John

      Thanks for your comments Jimmy. I have given up with standard medical treatments myself long ago, because they tend to work well in the beginning for as long as your body is not getting accustomed to it, then they become ineffective, and the horrible side effects I used to have, with any treatments. Then when I discovered that I could reduce my Psoriasis Holistically I had to give it a try, knowing very well that it could never be cured completely anyway, but at least, it really feels like it has gone, so that’s the main thing.

      Best wishes for a good and healthy life.

      John ツ

  • Everton

    Thank you for putting forward a unique post on the treatment of psoriasis. Psoriasis can be really embarrassing for sufferers of it. The flaking and itching is sometimes very obvious, especially when they visit the barber or hair salon. Dietary intervention where effective is a holistic way to combat the problem and can be used to augment pharmaceutical treatments. Wish you all the best with your site.

    • John

      Thanks so much for your input Everton. As you are mentioning it, the one thing that used to embarrass me the most was going to the barber, as everyone doesn’t  know that Psoriasis isn’t contagious, so I really had to find the time when my Psoriasis at the back of my neck was at its weakest to have my hair cut. Of course now, it is an issue of the past thanks to one of the programs I am following that suits me perfectly.

      I wish you the very best of health.

      John ツ

  • Alejandra

    Hi John,

    Thanks for sharing this great article about Psoriasis, I heard my sister was having problems losing lots of hair lately, I’m not sure if this is her problem or not.
    I will forward your article to her so she can read it, and in case this is her problem, she will get some information about it.

    • John

      Thanks for your comment Alejandra, and for forwarding my article to your sister, she surely will find enough information to know for sure if it is Psoriasis that she has, and if you or her have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me here.

      I wish you and your sister the best of health.

      John ツ

  • shrey

    I have had psoriasis when I was in college and trust me it was very bad. I was losing a lot of hair and had no idea what would happen in future. I thought I would just end up with a bald patch and maybe I would resort to wigs.

    It was really depressing and nothing was helping, however, I took some medicines prescribed by my skin doctor and change in water with which I washed my hair, this helped me a lot. I hope it helps people who are suffering from it.

    • John

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience with us here Shrey, and I am glad that you found the remedy that works on you. It is scary when something like that gets you and you have no idea of what it could be and/or whether it will stop. It is rather depressing, and as we know, stress and depression have the ability to increase the flareups.

      If you have any questions Shrey, feel free to ask them here, it will certainly help other readers.

      I wish you a very healthy life,

      John ツ

  • Vandana

    I have suffered with a mild form of this awhile ago. Do you know if it can spread onto the skin as a rash? I’m suffering from skin ailments and wonder if it could be this. Also, does apple cider vinegar work? I imagine that could burn. Thanks for sharing your experience with this so you can help us who suffer from it.

    • John

      If not properly treated and kept under control, Psoriasis will spread. Apple cider vinegar is known to have been used since ancient times as a disinfectant, it is good for many things and is often used as a natural remedy for Psoriasis.

      I have personally never used it as a treatment for my Psoriasis but I know people who have done it. They normally apply directly to their skin with a cotton pad and let it sit there for about 10 minutes, then they rinse it off. If you go that route, you will need to repeat the treatment three times a day. I am assuming then, that it shouldn’t burn.

      I wish you a very healthy future.

      John ツ


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