Scalp Psoriasis is a common condition that affects many (approx 3%). It is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes your skin to thicken (scalp Crusting) and produce a silver/white or yellow scale. Similarly, it affects all types of skin, and shows no affiliation to gender or ethnic background. Furthermore the itching can be intense.
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Facts about Scalp Psoriasis
You can’t catch Psoriasis but you have probably been handed it down by your parents or grandparents. A telling sign is the nails which may become pitted or loosen. Almost all patients scalps will feel tight and incredibly itchy. Furthermore, the scalp may feel painful. Adding moisture to the scalp can offer some relief if combined with the correct treatment (listed below). The important part of treating scalp Psoriasis is to remove the unwanted scalp crusting. But you must not try this at home. Furthermore, removing the crust is a specialist role. The scalp crusting needs to be correctly moistened and set to allow it to be removed. Secondary infection may result. In addition you may make the condition worse.
The skin in a scalp psoriasis case will proliferate (mitosis to natural exfoliation) up to 10 times faster than that of the normal skin growth rate. Typically the skin cycle lasts approx. 27 – 40 days. In cases of Psoriasis, proliferation can occur within 2-4 days. The only way to treat Scalp Psoriasis is to slow down the cell mitosis. Shampooing alone will not help. In fact the so called medicated shampoos can make the condition worse. Other conditions that show similarities: Scalp Eczema, Afro Scalp Conditions, Pityriasis.
Patients with visible lesions understandably suffer embarrassment and in some causes depression. Arthritis may co-exist. Some scalp psoriasis patients suffer arthritis and related functional disability. Arthritis may improve as the dry scalp recovers. Recurrences may be seasonal and may be associated with reduced natural sunlight.
The cause is unknown, but research suggests white blood cell abnormalities trigger rapid skin cell proliferation and exfoliation.
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First of all you can arrange a free chat with a trichologist on the phone. All you have to do is pick up the phone and dial. Maybe you have a question you need answered? Almost all patients with Scalp Psoriasis need help. Just pick up the phone and see for yourself.
Maybe you have read enough and want to actually get something done to ease the irritation and unsightly flakes. Likewise you may be wondering what causes Psoriasis in your case? Most noteworthy we treat many patients with scalp Psoriasis with great success.
Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis
Firstly, I cannot stress enough the fact that you must not try this at home. It looks simple but if you do this wrong you will cause all manner of problems. So, what exactly am I doing in the video? Well, to start with I have set the skin. I have a cream that will make the skin very soft and pliable. I then use a sharp comb and yes this is a nit comb to gently lift off the excess skin. So you could say that I am exfoliating the scalp.
The reason why this is done is because treatments are mainly topical. Most treatments will struggle to get through the thick crusting that forms in cases of Scalp Psoriasis. Therefore, I remove the scaling and them have an open canvas to start to slow the cell growth and also treat the condition.
Scalp Psoriasis Treatment
Our treatment is unique as it adopts a gentle but practical approach in controlling or removing scalp psoriasis. Firstly, we remove that irritating crust. Consequently we calm the underlying skin which as a result slows down the cell proliferation. Scalp Psoriasis is a very unsightly condition that is very difficult to cure. Scalp Psoriasis can be controlled and in some cases sent into remission. We have helped many patients over the years to control or remove psoriasis. If you would like to find out more why not give us a ring and speak with a trichologist now!
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Other Treatments for Scalp Psoriasis
Topical and systemic therapies may help with the scalp crusting. We employ safe effective treatments in the management of the condition, removing the irresistible urge to scratch. Thus aiding healing of the skin. Although not curable, this is a condition that can be controlled to allow you to conduct your day without the worry of irritation and flakes on your clothing.
If you have any further questions please contact the free advice line above. You will be transferred to the on-call trichologist who will be pleased to assist. Or complete the contact page and a trichologist will reply via email.
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Oils and Psoriasis
Coconut oil (carrier)
This is not an essential oil. coconut oil holds a natural anti inflammatory property that may assist with cases of scalp psoriasis. Applying and leaving over night may assist in removing some of the scalp crusting. The moisture will help relieve making it more pliable. You should know that coconut oil shouldn’t remain on the skin all the time. Coconut oil as a rule shouldn’t cause issues with the skin but like anything you should test it first. You may be advised by us to use this treatment in company with what we do. Eating a tablespoon of coconut oil on a daily basis may help block bacteria from entering the body. It is the Lauric Acid that permits this potential reaction. You should not use coconut oil of there is pain or bleeding.
Tea Tree Oil (essential oil)
Known for its antibacterial properties you may use this if the skin in a Psoriasis Case starts to crack and bleed. The tea tree oil may assist in preventing infection. Please read the notes on the bottle to see if dilution is required. More importantly you can have a reaction to the use of such and oil. You should always test it first.
Castor Oil (carrier)
Often used as an emollient. You can also use it as a vehicle to transport essential oils. Research suggests that the use of castor oil may assist in reducing the scalp crusting and remove toxins. Maybe it will but it won’t solve the problem. Be warned that leaving oil on the skin for long period can have adverse effects. You shouldn’t use castor oil of pregnant or breast feeding. Often used by Afro Scalp Patients.
Lavender Oil (essential Oil)
Firstly, this is an essential oil and shouldn’t be applied to the skin in its neat form. Therefore you must take care if considering this as treatment for scalp psoriasis. It is suggested that mixing with a lotion or shampoo may offer some relief from itching. Lavender Oil is believed to have antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with diabetes should avoid Lavender Oil.
Geranium Oil (essential oil)
First of all this oil often will cause a skin reaction. Probably one of the more potent and potentially dangerous oils to try. I wouldn’t try this myself. Most noteworthy, geranium oil can improve circulation and it may reduce inflammation. Make sure you test it first. It can also stop your blood flow so don’t try this is you have any heart complaints or blood pressure issues. It has been suggested that you can add a few drops to coconut oil (the carrier) and apply to the skin. This should only be attempted if you have tested the skin. Seek professional advice beforehand.
Peppermint Oil (essential oil)
There are a lot of peppermint oils to choose from. over 600 different varieties in fact. Furthermore it is the menthol in the peppermint oil that helps relieve irritation and the pain. Like all solutions you are advised to test because you don’t want to make the scalp psoriasis worse! Peppermint oil is less likely to cause a reaction that that of geranium oil. Applying a few drops of peppermint oil to a water spray may offer some temporary relief from an itchy scalp.