Hey guys. In this post, I want to let you know about how to deal with scalp psoriasis, minimise flare ups and how to minimise hair loss. This is a follow up post to Scalp Psoriasis And Natural Hair. Let’s get right into it.
How to keep psoriasis under control
For people with psoriasis, managing the condition means keeping it under control and minimising flare ups over and above using the medical applications available. Below are some of the things a person suffering from scalp psoriasis can do.
- Stress management is very important because it plays a part in triggering psoriasis flare ups in many people who are pre-disposed to the disease.
- Avoid scratching the scales on your scalp as this only worsens the situation because psoriasis forms in areas under trauma.
- Shampoo/wash your hair more frequently instead to remove scales. This is less traumatic than scratching them with your fingers or a comb.
- Avoid shampoos with sulfates and strong perfumes as they may irritate the scalp.
- Use shampoos that have tar, selenium or salicylic acid as an ingredient and are specifically meant for scalp psoriasis.
- Medicated shampoos should be rotated with normal gentle shampoos which will not irritate your scalp. Rotating between medicated shampoos and gentle shampoos helps to keep the medicated shampoos effective.
- Rub gently using finger tips and not fingernails when washing your hair because excessive scratching and rubbing can make psoriasis worse or lead to bleeding, more pain and possible infection.
- You may want to keep finger nails short to make sure you do not scratch yourself raw.
- Let your hair air dry after washing it. Heat may trigger a flare up.
- You will need to discuss hair styling options with your dermatologist since some hairstyles tend to irritate the scalp. For example, hair colors, perms, relaxers and even sprays may irritate your scalp and cause a flare up
- Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and take care of yourself. If you are in general good health, you will experience less flare ups.
How to minimise hair loss when suffering from scalp psoriasis.
Although with extreme scalp psoriasis cases, the hair follicle may be disrupted due to heavy scaling, most psoriasis sufferers lose more hair due to excessive scratching which is often unavoidable and impulsive. As with the points above which help to keep scalp psoriasis under control, to avoid losing more hair than necessary, you can also
- make sure you keep the use of medicated shampoos containing salicylic at a minimal as they may weaken the hair shaft and cause breakage. Alternate between a medicated shampoo and a gentle cleanser.
- wash hair regularly to keep your scalp clean of flakes
- deep condition your hair every time you wash it to increase the chances of the flakes being raised from your scalp and to keep your scalp moist and hair healthy and hydrated.
- See a dermatologist early enough when you need help before all of your hair falls out.
Have you experienced excessive hair loss due to scalp psoriasis? Do not dispair. With scalp psoriasis, hair loss is often temporally and your hair will grow back once the disease is under control.
Are you dealing with scalp psoriasis? What are some of the things that have helped you to keep the condition under control?
That is all for now. I hope this helps someone.Next I will write on some home remedies for scalp psoriasis.
From me to you, BLESSINGS.
Source: rollingout.com, medicinenet.com, livestrong.com, everydayhealth.com, skincarephysicians.com