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3 Simple and Refreshing Scalp Scrubs

When my scalp psoriasis is in full flare, I find myself desperate to try anything for a resolution. Oils, creams, masks. You name it and I’ve probably tried it. With all the stuff sitting on my scalp, it feels like a good time to clean the slate and scrub it away.

Why a scalp scrub? Simple!

Just like any other part of our body covered in skin, dead skin will build upon your scalp. This is especially true for anyone with scalp psoriasis. The skin cells build up and typically form thick red or white patches on the surface of the skin. Add some of your daily hair products to that, such as gel or mousse, and you’ve got yourself some buildup. A scalp scrub, just like a body scrub, will help peel away those layers of flakes and gunk to leave your head feeling more clean and refreshed.

I try to keep it natural and healthy when it comes to caring for my scalp. Here are three of my favorite scalp scrubs:

Tea tree oil scalp scrub

Studies suggest that tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, all of which are great in treating your scalp psoriasis. Because it doesn’t smell so great, I do recommend adding a few drops of whatever essential oil that you prefer (lavender and peppermint are my go-to’s!)

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of clarifying shampoo
  • A few drops of tea tree oil
  • A few drops of lavender or peppermint oil

Directions: Combine all the ingredients and massage into wet hair, concentrating on the scalp and roots. Rinse with warm water.

Brown sugar scalp scrub

Brown sugar is a great exfoliant and doesn’t smell too bad either. The hair conditioner will moisturize your scalp while the peppermint oil or vitamin E will leave it feeling refreshed.

  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of any hair conditioner
  • A few drops of peppermint oil or vitamin E (optional)

Directions: Mix ingredients together and massage into wet hair. Make sure to really scrub your scalp to allow the brown sugar to do its thing and exfoliate properly. Rinse and wash hair as usual.

Lemon juice scalp scrub

Salt and oil are great at removing dry flakes without drying out your scalp. Olive oil is also great as softening the dead skin on your scalp, making it easier to remove.

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Directions: Mix ingredients together and massage into wet hair. Let sit for a few minutes and wash as usual.

I’d love to hear what works for you or if you created your own scalp scrub! Comment below. Wishing you comfort and flake-free days ahead!

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  • Shayla.Oakes moderator
    1 week ago

    @brittanyineson, thanks for this. So many in the community are always looking for ways to calm their scalp psoriasis. I will have to share this with them. Shayla

  • christine.laaksonen moderator
    2 weeks ago

    These are great recipes, Brittany. Thanks so much for sharing them. My daughter has some pretty serious build up and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do. I’m looking forward to trying one (or all of them out) out on her.

    — Christine ( Team Member)

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