Scalp psoriasis is a common condition wherein the person affected develops reddish and scaly patches on the scalp. Its cause is not yet clear but some of its risk factors may include stress, abnormality in the immune system, HIV, genetics, smoking, and obesity.
Its signs and symptoms include:
- Inflammation or burning sensation
- Scalp dryness
- Flaky skin that resembles dandruff
- Patches or bumps on the scalp (usually pink/red)
- Silvery-white scales
- Bleeding (from scratching the scales)
Unfortunately, this skin disorder has no cure but there are home remedies you can try that can help you control the itchiness, inflammation, and flaking that often occur.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help reduce soreness, redness, and irritation; and prevent infections from recurring. Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV to a half a cup of water and apply on the affected area for 20 minutes. Rinse the scalp with lukewarm water. Repeat this method twice a week to reduce burning sensations. However, you need to avoid using ACV if you have cracked or bleeding scalp as it will sting and cause more irritation.
Avocado Or Coconut Or Oil
Good fats that help promote healthy skin are present in both coconut and avocado oil. They help reduce scaling and are quickly absorbed in the scalp thereby preventing re-occurrence of dryness and patches.
Lightly heat the oil and apply onto the scalp and put a shower cap. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair as usual.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve inflammation and redness, and treat inflammatory conditions.
This oil, which is derived from the neem tree, has antibacterial properties that address skin infections. It moisturizes dry, cracked skin and minimizes the redness associated with your condition. Use shampoos with neem oil to help you deal with symptoms of scalp psoriasis.
Aloe vera has a soothing effect when applied on the scalp. It can help reduce scaling, redness, and itching caused by scalp psoriasis.
For best results, use fresh aloe vera gel along with lavender oil at least thrice a day for a month. Wash your hair with a mild, medicated shampoo.
Baking soda has antifungal properties that help reduce psoriasis patches and inflammation.
To use baking soda, you need to simply pour it onto your head to ease itching and inflammation on your scalp.
Another way of using this remedy is by mixing it in a small glass of water. Apply the mixture onto the affected area using a washcloth or a cotton pad.
Due to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can help reduce symptoms of psoriasis. Take about 1.5 to 3 grams of turmeric daily. Add more fresh or powdered turmeric into your cooking.
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce redness and swelling associated with scalp psoriasis. Some of its plant-based sources are flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. Take at least 3 grams of fish oil daily.
Oats can help you with flaking, inflammation and itching problems. All you have to do is to mix a cup raw ground, unflavored oats to a warm bath and soak for minutes. For best results, see to it that the affected area is fully submerged when bathing.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that help prevent infections. Plus, it also detoxifies the blood.
For this remedy, you’ll need to steep dried ginger in a cup of hot water for a few minutes. Strain the tea and add a ½ teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice. Drink 1-2 cups of ginger tea every day.
Epsom salt helps soothe itching and infiltrates scales and plaques to give you relief. It also exfoliates dry skin.
Mix Epsom salt with your regular shampoo. Rinse your hair and scalp as usual. Repeat the process every time you wash your hair.
Shea butter moisturizes and nourishes the scalp. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin E, and triglycerides. Melt shea butter and apply onto the scalp. Leave it overnight. Wash your hair as usual. Doing this will help you remove dead and scaly skin on your scalp. Repeat the steps once or twice a day.
Reminder: If you’ll be using oil onto your scalp, apply it first on a small patch of the skin for you to check whether you are allergic on the oil.