If you struggle with psoriasis, there's a high chance you've experienced scalp psoriasis at some stage. Statistically 50% of psoriasis sufferers experience problems on their scalp. I used to blame my little white scalp flakes on dandruff, but no amount of anti-dandruff shampoo had a beneficial effect. In this article we'll explore the conventional treatments used to treat scalp psoriasis as well as the natural alternatives available.
My scalp psoriasis used to create little bumps all over my head and in places caused my hair to fall out where I'd scratch and damage the follicles. Fortunately if you do struggle with hair loss as a result of scalp psoriasis, rest assured your hair will grow back. Scalp psoriasis didn't bother me as much as the rest of my skin because I could hide it pretty well. Nevertheless it was annoying to have to avoid wearing black.
Psoriasis can pop up as a single patch or multiple patches all over your scalp, and can also spread to your forehead, the back of your neck, or behind and inside your ears. If you struggle with psoriasis on your scalp, seeing the patches creep towards your hairline or appear behind your ears can be really worrying.
The most commonly prescribed medical treatments for scalp psoriasis include; medicated shampoos, creams, gels, lotions, foams, oils, ointments, and soaps. Besides these topical treatments, a UV light comb might also be recommended by your Doctor.
Medicated shampoos for treating scalp psoriasis are very often Coal Tar based. Aside from making your hair smell as though you've bathed in tarmac - Coal Tar shampoos and creams carry a possibility of skin irritation. Some people even experience stinging or burning sensations, swelling, redness or tenderness and on a more serious note they contain several carcinogenic compounds. In animal studies, coal tar has been shown to increase the chance of skin cancer.
My favourite natural treatment for scalp psoriasis is to bathe in Dead Sea Salt. Dead Sea Salts have been used for decades as a natural psoriasis treatment. By dunking your head under the water in the bath and gently massaging the salts into your scalp they can penetrate deeply. Immediately afterwards apply liquid coconut oil and massage well into the scalp, face and behind the ears. Wrap your head in a towel and leave in overnight. Use a chemical free shampoo to wash the oil out the following morning. You might need a couple of rinses to get rid of all the oil.
- Add a good couple of handfuls of Dead Sea Salt to your bath
- Add a cup of almond oil to your bath
- Ensure your scalp gets dunked under the water to absorb the beneficial minerals
- Place a jar of coconut oil on the radiator to warm and melt it
- Pour a little oil into your palm and massage well into your scalp
- Wrap your head in a towel and leave in overnight
- Use a chemical free shampoo to rinse out the following morning
A chemical nasties free shampoo is one which avoids SLS and other damaging topicals. Check out Green People who do a lovely Artichoke and Quinoa shampoo, Neals Yard who have a lovely range or Wellness Mama who writes some wonderful recipes for making your own.
Which treatments have you tried to heal your scalp psoriasis? Share your comments below.