Stay on top of psoriasis on your scalp

Symptoms and precautionary measures

As well as the scalp itself, scalp psoriasis can also affect the ears, the area above and behind the ears, the earlobes, the nape of the neck, the forehead and the hairline.

Hair care and psoriasis

It’s important to treat your scalp very gently if plaques are present. Try to avoid scratching or disturbing the plaques. Wash and dry your hair gently. If you use a hair dryer you should use the cool or very low heat setting and hold it at least 30 cm. from your head.

Remember to thoroughly dry behind your ears and on both sides of the earlobes.

Any brushing or combing of the scalp should be done particularly gently to avoid aggravating the existing psoriasis symptoms. Use a hairbrush with soft, natural bristles rather than a hard plastic brush, and avoid using rollers and curlers which can pull the hair and dry the scalp.

Use a hairbrush with natural bristles rather than a plastic brush, and avoid using rollers and curlers which can pull the hair and dry the scalp.

Consider your hairstyle

You may also want to consider what kind of hairstyle is practical. A short haircut could be more comfortable and practical if you have severe plaques on your scalp.
It may also be best to avoid styles that place tension on the hair, such as back combing or putting it up too tightly. If you are suffering from a flare up on the scalp, you may want to put off perming or dying your hair until the plaques have healed. And always tell your hairdresser to treat your scalp gently.

You can always talk to your doctor

These simple precautionary measures can be a great help. Nonetheless, your doctor is in the best position to advise you on how to care for your scalp and the different treatment options for the condition.

Your doctor can also address any general concerns about using hair styling products in conjunction with a prescription treatment.