Best treatment options for psoriasis on the scalp
Are you dealing with psoriasis?
When you have any skin condition, it can alter not just your appearance, but your personality. Having psoriasis can cause your skin or scalp can be rough looking due to its flaky and scaly-like nature. The condition can drive some people into an anxious or depressive state because it can be difficult to handle when you’re in public. Just like other severely bothersome and painful conditions like cystic acne—it can alter your life and the way you function.
Having any kind of skin irritation or condition, can pile on even more stress because it can directly affect your social life, daily school or work life and can make people want to hide from being looked at especially during spring and summer months. These times, it’s harder to cover up, due to the heat.
It makes you feel uncomfortable when it’s visible however, even in scalp areas the condition can cause flakes to be everywhere in your hair, on your clothing and is embarrassing if it gets out of control. If not diagnosed properly, most people wind up trying basic dandruff shampoos and they don’t address the main cause.
When dealing with psoriasis is problematic because it can be a chronic skin condition. If the condition isn’t treated from the root issue (like a gut problem or autoimmune disease, or something else as determined by a doctor) it is very difficult to get under control, on your own.
Most times, psoriasis on the scalp or other places on the body needs a multi-pronged approach to improve the condition.
Improve diet, increase supplements and understand your baseline blood work
Look at your food intake and improve your diet. Try to eat more omega foods (nuts, seeds, and fish), vegetables and fruits, and be sure to remove unhealthy fats (like trans fats) from your diet and rid of sugar, as much as you can.
Always remove extra food items and be sure to check calories on any box. Adding on more weight only will put you at risk for development of diabetes, type. The condition can cause skin and nervous system complications; increase vitamin B complex and berberine if you are already pre-disposed to getting type II but talk to your health care provider before increasing B vitamins or berberine or other alternative treatments for diabetes. Having too many fat deposit areas on your body also raises inflammation. And when you have more inflammation increases chances of having a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis and psoriasis on your scalp.
In addition to eating healthier, exercising, and trying to improve your body and your life, also increase or add supplements such as: vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and herbals that can help improve your nutritional needs. Always get a baseline of blood work before increasing any supplement regimen. Supplements are especially important if you suffer from a chronic health condition, have a special diet because of a condition, or consume a vegan or raw diet and might be lacking is specific nutrients that might be causing your psoriasis. For example: vegan diets lack iron, zinc, and many times B vitamins—depending on how rigid the diet is and these folks need to supplement if they aren’t eating enough of the nutrients they need.
With psoriasis on the scalp, you also might need—short or long-term prescriptions that are topical or oral medications. Everything depends on each person’s specific condition and the severity of it.
Where to begin if you have psoriasis
You must get a topical gel or cream to address the skin surface, initially. If this doesn’t help, hone in on your diet, find a dermatologist to better understand some key factors—like other conditions contributing or directly causing the scalp psoriasis. You can also start with OTC supplements, tar shampoos, psoriasis skin salves and creams.
You might be told from your dermatologist or primary care doctor to see a gastroenterologist and a nutritionist to look at other factors. Their advice and testing results can address a multi-pronged approach to helping rid of your scalp psoriasis and other areas of the body it might be on.
When more vitamins, a diet change, probiotics and prescriptions don’t have an effect, this could mean there is a severe or chronic underlying condition causing the skin problem to continue.
Also, it might be as simple as a medication you are currently taking that is creating a side effect that causes your skin to have psoriasis or something similar.
Best supplements to improve immune system and skin health, for addressing psoriasis:
- Make sure your taking a good, doctor recommended probiotic to improve gut health
- Iron (important to always know a level before you start taking this daily; can cause severe constipation if too much is consumed and other medical conditions)
- Zinc (Can improve inflammation and immune system function, is okay to consume daily; still good to get checked in blood work)
- Zinc Carnosine (inflammation reduction)
- Vitamin A
- B Complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E gel pill or oil
- Quercetin or MSM or Turmeric to help lower inflammation
- Fish oil / Omega 3 supplements
- Coconut oil
- Emu oil
- Castor oil
In addition to vitamins, you’ll also want to use one or some OTC products to help address the skin, directly.
Best treatment options for psoriasis, OTC:
- Hydrocortisone cream or ointments (a mild corticosteroid treatment; it also does come in a prescription strength tube)
- Salicylic Acid (is in products used as an anti-bacterial and scale softener and can help rid of thicker plaque-like areas, or plaque psoriasis)
- Coal tar salves, gels or liquid shampoos (Neutrogena is one of the main shampoos OTC that helps people with scalp psoriasis)
- Oil-free moisture improving products to hydrate the skin: serums, creams, lotions (good for any routine care of your skin, especially if you have severely dry skin or psoriasis; water-based is best, no dyes or perfume added)
- Vitamin C serums
- Hyaluronic acids
- Collagen creams or serums
- Anti-itch creams or ointments
PurClarity Revitalizing Mist can help address your scalp psoriasis
When you use our non-toxic PurClarity Revitalizing Mist, you can help reduce psoriasis outbreaks or treat existing scalp psoriasis problems. It can help heal thick patches of skin, reduce flaking, and eliminate bacteria. The Revitalizing Mist is also going to minimize redness areas and areas that are extremely inflamed due to itching.
Our product is safe and effective and is even stronger than bleach that cleans and disinfects surfaces in your home—only bleach is toxic if inhaled or swallowed—and can severely burn your skin, if you’re not properly protected while using it!
Talk to a dermatologist for all your scalp psoriasis concerns and advice
Make sure you get a handle on your psoriasis right away. This can not only minimize further skin problems, but will make you feel more confident in your skin, faster. People tend to give up on OTC products quickly, which is understandable. You need to remember, any treatment routine for any skin issue takes time.
Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in your area. Remember, the first action needs to be on you. Try OTC shampoos, gels and ointments and least invasive ways with our PurClarity Revitalizing Mist HOCl spray. Not every root cause to a scalp psoriasis issue is a gut problem, and usually a topical isn’t going to heal everything in a few weeks.