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Scalp Psoriasis and Grey Hair

I’ve had scalp psoriasis for many years. Now that my hair is white, the T-gel shampoo that controls the itch ‘yellows’ my white hair. My dermatologist suggested a few other OTC shampoos to try. Right now I’m using Nizoral; it doesn’t do as good a job but it’s OK. I read a hairdresser’s suggestion to cover my hair with a natural-based creme rinse before treating my scalp with T-gel. That caused an allergic reaction of intense itching on my neck and ears. Anybody have this problem and any suggestions on effective treatment without yellowing white hair?

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  • chele2648 moderator
    12 months ago

    I actually just started having this problem at 43. I have been going crazy with the itch and therefore I constantly dig at my head. I was on Humeria until I lost my insurance and have been looking ways to combat this mess. I have found that if I put Africa’s best (it’s an African American hair oil) on my head and sleep in it & wash my hair at 430 every am I can eliminate some of the buildup & tame the buildup for a few hours.. basically long enough to work & repeat. Conditioner mixed with sea breeze and left for an hour seems to calm the itch too. However it’s not a complete relief and most days I just wanna cry.

  • CathyD moderator
    12 months ago

    Scalp psoriasis can be so incredibly tough to deal with, @chele2648. It really feels like it’s relentless at times. I’m so sorry you are suffering.

    As you mentioned your insurance, I wanted to share a couple of articles on the financial side of accessing medication, in case they are of any help:

    In particular, contacting Humira directly and asking about patient assistance may be worth a try, if you haven’t done so already. I hope you are able to find some relief. Hang in there <3

    -Catherine, Community Moderator

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi @slvrgrl1048! I just ran across your comment again and was shocked that I hadn’t responded! I think I had one of those moments of responding in my head a few weeks ago but not actually typing it out. Sorry about that 🙂 What I was going to say is that it’s likely the coal tar in the T-gel that is yellowing your hair. Many OTC psoriasis shampoos contain coal tar (T-Gel, MG217, Denorex, etc.). Have you tried OTC shampoos with salicylic acid instead? T-sal is a popular one, as is SAL3 soap and Psoriasin shampoo. A lot of people in this community use Tea Tree Oil shampoos/applications as well. You may also want to check for shampoos that contain menthol, which has a nice cooling effect on the scalp which can temporarily relieve itching.

    We are here for you! Let us know how you make out.
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

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