How to Treat Scalp Psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis

What is Psoriasis?

It’s an inflammatory skin disorder. It’s a common skin condition characterised by an accelerated skin cell life cycle resulting in thick, red, scaly patches. It can be chronic and in some cases can get worse over time if it’s not treated correctly. It’s absolutely not contagious. It can appear in thick patches on various areas of the body such as the scalp, elbows and knees. It’s believed that a flawed immune system can cause cells to grow and can develop into this type of skin condition.

What causes Psoriasis?

It is a common condition that affects nearly 2% of the population. While it is likely that genes are just one of the reasons, experts have still not determined precisely how defected genetics affect the immune system. However, we are aware of various environmental factors that influence and aggravate the skin:

  • Stress and emotional shocks
  • Certain types of medicine
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Sun exposure
  • Alcohol and tobacco

Some specific tips to treat Scalp Psoriasis

The scalp is one of the areas most commonly affected by psoriasis. It is important to recognise the symptoms and know how to treat scalp psoriasis.

  • Preferably use a soft brush or comb to avoid irritating the affected scalp area. We advise that you also refrain from using very hot styling tools like hair dryers and any type of head and scalp massages…
  • Carefully choose your hair care products. Select a mild or medicated shampoos adapted to scalp psoriasis. Aggressive detergents and synthetic fragrances contained in some products can cause itchiness, it is therefore crucial to use a silicone and sulfate free shampoo.
  • Essential oils used in aromatherapy are very effective for relieving pain, redness and swelling on the skin. Certain essential oils will also allow your skin to regenerate and heal.
  • Avoid using chemical dyes which can irritate, flare up the skin and cause outbreaks especially when you suffer from scalp psoriasis. Lean towards natural and organic hair.
  • Relaxation! Because we know that one of the triggering factors is stress related. So enjoy moments of peace and just let go.

Finally, easier said than done: do not scratch. Remember that 5 minutes of scratching is two or three weeks more of scalp psoriasis.

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