What are the Best Products for Scalp Psoriasis?
I write a lot about my own experiences with psoriasis. I have had plaque psoriasis for sixteen years. There have been times when I have had small patches at the base of my neck, but never had it in my hair. So why am I writing about scalp psoriasis if I do not really have it? Being a One to One mentor with the National Psoriasis Foundation I have been asked several times to mentor someone with scalp psoriasis. Most everyone I have come into contact with that has scalp psoriasis wants to know the answer to the same questions. What can I use to treat it? Is there any particular shampoo that is better than another one? I thought I would try to answer those questions in this article. Hopefully after reading this maybe it will help someone who thought the same. After all knowledge is power and who couldn't use more power.
Resources for those with psoriasis
Did you know the National Psoriasis Foundation has a seal of recognition? Unless you have been on their website at www.psoriasis.org then I am betting the answer to that is no. The NPF gets sent products from different companies that they have people with psoriasis willing to test the products to see how it affects them. Does it burn? Does it help? A whole list of other questions each one has to answer. It doesn't end there. After these individuals try it then the NPF sends it to accredited doctors to get their input about it. If all areas are satisfied then the NPF gives the product it's Seal of Recognition. You can go on their website to find all the products they have given this seal to. It is a great first place to look for any product you might be able to try.
The NPF's list of products for scalp psoriasis
It is this Seal of Recognition that I will tell anyone I mentor or asks me about a potential treatment. They have given their seal to Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Shampoo. MG217 Medicated Conditioning Coal Tar Shampoo is another one that has gotten that seal. MG217 Therapeutic Coal Tar Scalp Treatment is also listed. It is not listed as a shampoo but the directions do say to massage it in and rinse it out. MG217 has another shampoo called Sal-Acid Therapeutic Shampoo and Conditioner. Finally, Neutrogena has a shampoo and conditioner listed as T-Gel Therapeutic Shampoo. They also have one designed for the stubborn itch.
Helping other people with psoriasis out
If you have scalp psoriasis and wondering what treatments are available now you know. Each of these products has been given the National Psoriasis Foundation Seal of Recognition. If you haven't heard of any of these you can go to the NPF website and click on each one. It will take you to their product page where you can read more about each one. I would also suggest you have a discussion with your doctor before starting any of these products. While it does have that Seal of Recognition everyone is different. What works well for one doesn't mean it is going to work well for another. It is always best to talk to your doctor first. So hopefully anyone having to deal with scalp psoriasis has at least one question answered for them. That question answered is what products are available. If anyone reading this has tried some other product that I did not list here please feel free to list them in the comments. As I stated knowledge is power. We are all in this together and the greatest gift we can give anyone dealing with psoriasis is to tell what works for each of us. Scalp psoriasis is just as hard to deal with as any of the other types of psoriasis. Let's all learn from one another.
Does your psoriasis skin feel out of control? How are you managing?