What is scalp psoriasis? - Scalp issues are very common for people living with psoriasis, and is estimated to affect as many as 50%. Common symptoms include a dry and itchy scalp, with white silvery scales and dandruff-like flakes in hair and on shoulders.
Scalp psoriasis can be anything from mild to severe, and may extend beyond the scalp onto the forehead, behind the ears and to the back of the neck. Like with general plaques, scalp plaques can often initially benefit from applying products that reduces itch, softens the plaques and help the subsequent removal of the silvery scales.
Severe cases of scalp psoriasis
If the scale is very thick, some people may benefit from applying products containing high levels of de-scaling ingredients such as coal tar, urea or lactic acid, massaged into the scalp and preferably left overnight. If this is not possible, the ointment should be allowed to sit for at least 1-2 hours, before the hair is washed with a tar-based shampoo.
Mild cases of psoriasis on the scalp
In milder cases of scalp psoriasis, the scalp will still benefit from the use of emollients before going to bed that can then subsequently be washed off the next morning.
Use a breathable sleeping cap
In any case, wearing a special sleeping cap can be beneficial after applying emollients to conceal moisture and to make sure the emollient do not grease bedding or clothing.