How To Treat Scalp Psoriasis

If you suffer with scalp psoriasis, I’m sure you are aware of just how irritating it can be. Rest assured, you are not alone! 

Half of the people that suffer with scalp psoriasis get affected by it intensely. This results from your scalp’s skin cells growing too quickly, leading to plaques, which are thick or powdery scales. They may also sometimes have red and irritated patches of skin around them.


What is Scalp Psoriasis?

Though psoriasis is an ongoing inflammatory disorder caused by the immune system, which affects all tissues, it is not just restricted to the tissues such as the joints. It can also impact the skin and other organs. One of the most typical affected locations on the skin is the scalp, which may develop elevated, itchy, and scaly plaques.

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This skin condition can range from minor scaling to crusting on the entire scalp, occasionally spreading to the forehead, the area around the nose, the beard area, or behind and inside the ears.


What causes psoriasis?

Researchers are not yet sure about the exact cause of scalp psoriasis. But it is thought to be an immune function disorder where the skin cells multiply faster than normal cells. The immune cells, known as T cells, start to attack healthy skin cells. The rapid turnover of cells causes dry, scaly patches. These extra skin cells can cause inflammation, redness, spots, and flaking in scalp psoriasis.

Genetic and lifestyle factors may also influence psoriasis development.


Are there any home remedies to remove scalp psoriasis?

Although techniques like spot treatment methods or medicated shampoo could help limit the symptoms to some extent, these are temporary solutions that do not solve the root cause of the symptoms. If you wish to treat the condition thoroughly, it is suggested that you consult a qualified skin care physician who can evaluate your medical condition and suggest a holistic scalp psoriasis treatment.


How can scalp psoriasis be treated?

You may have crusting, redness, warmth, pain, and even swelling of your lymph nodes if psoriasis on your scalp becomes infected. Our skin care physician will look at it for a detailed diagnosis and may recommend a course of antibiotic medication along with a definite line of treatment for this issue.

Keratolytics – This can be found in creams, shampoos, or foams, like salicylic acid, lactic acid, and urea. They are peeling substances that aid in liquifying and removing scales. A skin care professional can prescribe the right line of treatments for your condition.

Hydrocortisone – It is a steroidal medicine that slows down the body’s immune response, which helps in easing the irritation and swelling brought on by scalp psoriasis.

Steroid injections – These injections must be given in a doctor’s office and are injected directly into scalp plaques. They might lessen inflammation.

Oral retinoids – These medications help reduce inflammation and redness while lowering the rate at which skin cells proliferate.

UV light therapy – This therapy can help treat psoriasis by exposing the scalp directly to UV light. This can be done by a skin care professional using a hand-held UV device.

Remember that all of the above and other medications for psoriasis should strictly be taken after consulting your doctor. Also, you must seek a certified skin care professional for treatments like UV light therapy.


What precautions should one take regarding psoriasis?

Don’t pull on the current scales. Instead, consult your doctor for products that soften and help separate psoriasis scales from the scalp. Scalp shampooing and delicate combing is the most secure method of physically removing scales.

You can lessen the agony brought on by scalp psoriasis with a little perseverance and medical guidance.



As home remedies remain ineffective on your scalp psoriasis symptoms or even worsen them, it’s better to contact a skin care professional like Dr. Shehla Ebrahim. She has several years of rich experience in treating complex skin issues. She can diagnose your symptoms carefully and help you devise a holistic treatment plan that works for you.

Schedule an appointment today!