I have scalp psoriasis. How can I treat this with topical skin care products?
Treating scalp psoriasis is difficult. Carefully selected topical skin care products can bring you a long way in obtaining a form of control. Combined with a phototherapy light treatment can give you remission periods of up to 16 months! There are also many coal tar based shampoos, soaps, available on the market. We have strong reservations about using of coal tar – excessive sun-burning, possible cancer causing properties, etc. This substance is banned in Europe and rightly so, in our opinion.
Todays topical skin care products make treating scalp psoriasis easy! The scales on the scalp are even harder than those on the body. Ideally one should first apply also a “scale softener” which usually is an ointment or a good moisturizer or a combination of these two. Ask us
The causes of psoriasis are not fully understood and are the subject of ongoing research. In psoriasis, the immune system is mistakenly activated, which leads to overproduction of skin cells. Skin cells build up too rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming raised, red, scaly patches (called plaques). These plaques are often itchy and sometimes painful.
Some people are not very affected by their psoriasis symptoms, but for others, psoriasis is a disabling and embarrassing condition that affects their lifestyle and their interactions with others. There are many available treatments that may help to relieve symptoms and improve daily life. In addition, psoriasis may occur in more than one part of the body. You should examine your elbows, knees, torso and fingers for symptoms of psoriasis. If you have scalp psoriasis these other areas may be similarly affected. If you’re not sure whether patches on your skin are psoriasis or not, talk to your healthcare professional.
Symptoms of Psoriasis & Scalp Psoriasis
These can vary from person to person and may include one or more of the following features:
- Thick, red patches of skin (plaques) variable in size covered with silvery scales. In scalp psoriasis these form on the scalp and around the hairline
- Nail psoriasis and arthritis may also be present
What is the difference between scalp psoriasis and dandruff?
Dandruff and scalp psoriasis can be sometimes difficult to distinguish. Both are common conditions that affect the scalp and they may share similar symptoms (e.g. itch, redness and scaling). The following table may help you to distinguish between these two conditions by visually examining your and dandruff. However, telling the difference can be difficult. If you’re in doubt about whether your dandruff may indicate scalp psoriasis scaling, talk to your healthcare professional.