Featured Question: How to Treat Scalp Psoriasis

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Corrie C. says, “I have plaque psoriasis on my scalp. It has only ever gone away when I’ve been put on steroids for other things. What are the best products to use? How often should I wash my hair? You’d think I’d know what to do after 30+ years, but because it’s under my hair I just pretend it doesn’t exist…”

Scalp psoriasis affects roughly half of those who suffer from psoriasis in general. Like Corrie mentions, it’s easy to ignore scalp psoriasis since it’s relatively hidden by the hair, but the discomfort remains and visible signs can appear at the drop of a hat. (Pun slightly intended!)

Like most forms of psoriasis, scalp psoriasis appears as raised, red, and scaly patches of skin. Sometimes it only affects one or two areas; other times, it’s the entire scalp, and may even include the forehead, neck, and ears. Other symptoms of scalp psoriasis include dandruff-like flakes, dry scalp, burning sensation, scalp soreness, and hair loss.

When scalp psoriasis is mild, you may not even know you have it. Symptoms are barely noticeable, and the hair covers visible signs of psoriasis. However, for moderate and severe cases, it can be a nightmare. Thick, crusted lesions cause itchiness that begs to be scratched, which can in turn lead to pain, discomfort, and even infection or hair loss.

Treating scalp psoriasis can be trickier than treating psoriasis on other areas of the body thanks to your hair. However, most psoriasis treatments can be used on the scalp, as long as they’re applied at the correct time of day.

Most doctors recommend starting with an over-the-counter product containing FDA-approved medications like salicylic acid or coal tar. The next step would be prescription medications featuring one or both of those ingredients, as well as any number of the following medications:

  • Anathralin
  • Antimicrobials
  • Calcipotriene
  • Steroids
  • Tazarotene

While these prescription medications may help, some of them can be too harsh for sensitive skin and may cause issues in the long-term. That’s why we recommend choosing the best OTC psoriasis treatment you can find — Psoriapalm Lotion.

Psoriapalm Lotion features 2% salicylic acid for the treatment of psoriasis. It can be used to treat psoriasis on the body and face, but also makes an excellent scalp psoriasis treatment. Applied directly to the scalp before you go to sleep, Psoriapalm Lotion works to soften and heal psoriasis-afflicted skin.

In addition to salicylic acid, it also contains the incredible super-ingredient known as MLE. MLE, or multi-lamellar emulsion, is able to flawlessly mimic the skin’s natural lipid layer, which allows it to restore the skin’s healthy barrier function. For psoriasis-sufferers, this means less irritation and scaling. MLE, alongside salicylic acid, is what makes Psoriapalm Lotion so effective for use on all psoriasis, including scalp psoriasis.

To treat scalp psoriasis with non-greasy Psoriapalm Lotion, simply apply it directly to the scalp before you go to bed. Make sure to have a dedicated pillowcase for use after treatment in case some of the product transfers. In clinical studies, Psoriapalm Lotion caused a 72% reduction in visible scaling, a 53% reduction in plaque elevation, and a 47% reduction in skin redness. It also improves overall irritation and beauty, allowing the return of your comfort and confidence.

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