How I Manage My Scalp Psoriasis
Last updated: March 2022
Scalp psoriasis. Dreaded scalp psoriasis. The very mention of this can send the most experienced psoriasis patient running for the hills - hair blowing in the wind with a trail of unhelpful products left behind.
My favorite home remedies for scalp psoriasis
To say that scalp psoriasis is a challenge is a massive understatement. It's a challenge of the worst kind, from the neverending treatment options, application in its own right, and managing its flaky repercussions.
These are two of my favorite home remedies for scalp psoriasis.
Coconut and tea tree oil
There are many different ways to utilize coconut oil for your scalp and various ways to apply it. From hair wraps to overnight soaks, wash throughs, and conditioners alike.
Coconut oil is a firm favorite when it comes to treating scalp psoriasis. It helps lift the dead skin off the scalp without causing too much damage to the skin. It encourages the skin, which is ready to leave to part ways with your skin without tearing away.
Coconut oil also locks in moisture. It has excellent anti-fungal properties and good benefits for your skin and hair. Adding a few drops of authentic tea tree oil can assist in healing the damage done to your scalp. It also offers a light fragrance and, in my opinion, helps everything to feel fresh and clean.
The decision to dye it
That's right - boxed hair dye. The type that comes in a box is usually best. Please run this idea past your doctor before you go ahead and do it. There just seems to be something in this product that soothes my scalp in the way it needs.
Of course, be sure that there are no open lesions when you apply. I found success with this approach and found it keeps my scalp psoriasis under some control for roughly 4-6 weeks.
A few additional tips
Home remedies for scalp psoriasis are aplenty - and as with all things psoriasis-related, what works for one person often does not work for another. However, sometimes it does, so I strongly suggest sharing home remedies between support groups and friends.
I'm happy to share a few additional tips here.
- The right haircut. One that does not require too much product or styling. I am not saying run off and shave your hair, although it has been said that it makes a big difference.
- Find a good quality shampoo and conditioner. What are you pitting in your hair? Could it potentially trigger your scalp psoriasis? Take a look at the routine of how frequently you may be washing your hair.
- Wear your hair loose as often. We tend to tie our hair up to hide psoriasis on our scalp. I find that allowing my hair some downtime, simply makes it less painful.
- Take a look at your styling routine. Do not blow-dry your hair too often if you can help it. The hot air can dry the skin out.
If you are not finding any relief, please speak to your doctor and let them prescribe something to help manage your symptoms. Do not give up on yourself, and be kind to yourself along the way.
I said it before - and I'll repeat it - managing life with scalp psoriasis is far from easy. The treatment options, both medical and natural, can be overwhelming. Please do your research and work with your doctor on managing this most inconvenient type of psoriasis.
Does your psoriasis management change with the seasons?