How to cope with psoriasis on your scalp
Scalp psoriasis can appear beyond your hairline to your forehead, the back of your neck and around your ears.1
Hair care and psoriasis
Hair loss is a common problem with scalp psoriasis. This is often due to damage to the hair follicles caused by rubbing and scratching your scalp, and from chemicals or ingredients in treatments and products.1 While psoriasis can be itchy, it is important to try to minimise irritants and avoid scratching where possible if you can.1 Here are some ways to help:
- Be gentle when washing your hair. Avoid shampoos that contain mint as this can irritate your psoriasis.2 Tea tree oil has been shown to be effective in treating scalp psoriasis, so you may want to try a tea tree shampoo.2
- Using conditioner every time you wash your hair can help to keep your scalp moisturised.2
- Try to avoid blow drying your hair, but if you do keep your dryer on the lowest setting.2
- Be gentle when brushing or combing your hair.3 Only brush your hair when it is dry and use a brush with natural bristles.4
Consider your hairstyle
Tight hairstyles can irritate your scalp which may cause your psoriasis to flare-up.3 If you are using curlers or rollers try to avoid pulling your hair or letting them touch your scalp.3 If you are suffering from a flare-up, you may want to put off perming or dying your hair until your symptoms have gone.3
Don't be embarrassed about telling your hairdresser or barber about your psoriasis. They are used to seeing different scalp conditions.5 Knowing about your condition will help them avoid products or techniques that may irritate your psoriasis or cause a flare-up.5
Talk to your healthcare professional, they will be able to give you advice about caring for your hair with scalp psoriasis.3
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
UK/IE MAT-26478 Date of prep: July 2019
- http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp (accessed July 2019).
- www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/treatment/smart-ways-to-manage-scalp-psoriasis/ (accessed July 2019).
- www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-and-scalp-problems/scalp-psoriasis/tips-for-managing/hair-styling-tips-that-can-reduce-flares-of-scalp-psoriasis (accessed July 2019).
- naturespathways.com/south-central-wisconsin-edition/february-2014-south-central-wisconsin-edition/the-best-tips-for-dealing-with-a-dry-itchy-scalp/ (accessed July 2019).
- www.psoriasis.org/advance/safe-styling-for-scalp-psoriasis (accessed July 2019).