Scalp psoriasis: natural treatments

treat scalp psoriasis


What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease. It is characterized by the appearance of rash see even thick plates. They are covered with dry scales. These plaques can appear in different places on the body. Joints are often affected. Knees or elbows in particular. But psoriasis also affects scalp.

Psoriasis is a autoimmune disease skin. It concerns more than 3 million people in France. It affects, without distinction of sex or age, men, women and children. This disease can affect all parts of the body. The scalp is frequently affected by this disease, in plates or drops. More than 50% of psoriatics suffer from it according to the France Psoriasis Association (1).

QWhat are the causes of scalp psoriasis?

At the origin of psoriasis there is firstly a favorable genetic background, a genetic predisposition. However, psoriasis is not systematically hereditary. Psychological and nervous factors stimulate psoriasis flare-ups.

Today there is no cure or medication to cure psoriasis. For unknown reasons, some patients develop a single attack of psoriasis. By treating it, they never know any others. Most, however, suffer chronically from this condition on the skull or body. They must regularly use specific treatments.


Psoriasis, a scalp disease

Symptoms of psoriasis

They are strongly similar to those of seborrheic dermatitis. We also talk about atopic dermatitis or eczema. The local treatments applied are generally identical for these scalp conditions. Diagnosis by doctors will only matter to better identify the causes.

Psoriasis plaques or drops are most often localized at the top of the neck (at the occiput). They can also be located behind the ears. They can even completely cover the scalp. We then talk about helmet. THE scalp psoriasis appears in the form of gray or white scales (patches of dry skin). These scales, partly volatile, give a filmy appearance. They most often fall on the shoulders. Thus, this type of psoriasis is particularly difficult to live with socially. The scales are often thick and the itching is recurrent.

men's scalp psoriasis

At the forehead, psoriasis regularly manifests itself by erythematous and seborrheic crown. Regardless of its location, scalp psoriasis can become restrictive. Itching, dandruff on the shoulders and the looks of others directly impact the quality of life of patients.


Scalp and psoriasis, itching: should the scales be removed?

Scalp psoriasis is accompanied by sometimes very violent itching. It can cause itching (2). These further complicate the lives of patients. Minutes of scalp scratching only make a psoriasis outbreak worse. This disease is called “autoimmune”. The skin protects itself from attacks. It overproduces skin cells. As a result, scratching makes the situation worse. This is a serious attack on the skin. It aggravates the risk of recurrence of psoriasis.

In case of uncontrollable itching, it is better not to use your nails, but rather the pads of your fingers. This will reduce irritation of the scalp. At night, wearing cotton gloves can also prevent too aggressive damage to the scalp.


Other factors of scalp aggression

  • A brush with too hard bristles,
  • or the effect of combs with too sharp teeth,
  • or a ponytail that pulls the hair too much, are all factors to avoid for the health of the scalp.


How to treat scalp psoriasis and itching?

In case of scalp psoriasis, it is better to use a mild shampoo. They are most often found in pharmacies or drugstores. Their washing bases are not the same as in large retailers. These shampoos often lather less. But also, they irritate the scalp less. However, local irritation can be enough to restart the psoriasis process. It can cause a flare-up. This is valid for the scalp but also for the body. Therefore, the use of mild soaps is recommended. See our article on shower gels recommended for psoriasis.

There are very few specific shampoos against psoriasis, redness and scales of the scalp. Generally, the pharmacist will direct you to a shampoo for dandruff. You must therefore specify your skin condition. In particular, specify your search for a soothing shampoo for itchy scalp.

In fact, psoriasis itch is probably the most unpleasant symptom of psoriasis. However, dander, these little white films, on the shoulders push some people to even avoid wearing dark colors. They thus try to hide their problem.


How to treat plaques on the scalp?

Doctors will tend to prescribe corticosteroid treatments. Most often in liquid form. On prescription, chemicals are most often prescribed. It only acts on the symptoms of psoriasis. Taking this treatment must be supervised by a healthcare professional. Indeed, there are many side effects.

For example, we can talk about “red skin syndrome”. It can occur in cases of misuse or abusive use of topical corticosteroids. The main symptom is redness of the skin. The patient may also experience burning and tingling sensations, itching, swelling, oozing and flushing of the face. The skin may also be very dry.

It is a syndrome that can be very painful for patients both physically and psychologically. This syndrome does not occur during corticosteroid treatment. It appears following the sudden cessation of treatment of a patient who had been using the treatment for several months. To learn more about this syndrome, there is a victims association.

Salicylic acid is also part of this type of solution. Certain medications derived from vitamin D are also prescribed. However, the side effects of these treatments are often denounced. They explain the strong trend in recent years for natural care. They are most often based on grandmother's recipes. Our advice is to check for the presence of clinical studies to attest to the results and effectiveness of these treatments.


The most natural and effective Dermatological Shampoo

How to treat scalp psoriasis naturally?

Pso Natura Dermatological Shampoo 99% natural. Clinical studies prove its effectiveness. The duration of daily treatment is around fifteen days on average. Then the shampoo is used for maintenance. Thus, it helps prevent and space out any further recurrence of the disease. It is indeed recommended to change shampoo regularly. You will therefore have the choice to alternate with other recommendations. This is recommended after a treatment with our shampoo for example.


Pso Natura Dermatological shampoo, an ally for sensitive and irritated scalps

Pso Natura psoriasis shampoo

Le Dermatological shampoo Pso Natura is a gentle treatment shampoo. It is undoubtedly best suited for irritated scalps. In the event of a psoriasis outbreak, it is the ideal ally for your scalp. He will be your best friend at the moment.

Thanks to its 3 in 1 action, it relieves itching immediately. But it also helps to quickly cleanse the scalp. This shampoo helps eliminate dander and dandruff. Enriched with vitamin E (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant) and sweet almond, its formula respects the hair. It leaves it nourished, supple and shiny.

Furthermore, the Pso Natura Dermatological Shampoo is easy to use. Like a classic shampoo for frequent use, without exposure time.


Dandruff or psoriasis?

This natural shampoo was designed for flaky scalp conditions. It is also extremely effective on dandruff.


Using Pso Natura shampoo

This shampoo is initially used as a daily treatment. In a fortnight, the results will be convincing.

Subsequently, this treatment is used for maintenance from time to time. Obviously, when new pruritus (itching) appears, its use is essential. In this case, daily application over 2-3 days should help control any crisis.

Its ultra-concentrated formula explains its effectiveness. This shampoo does not contain water. Pleasant to use, this local treatment is lightly scented with eucalyptus and geranium essential oil. This shampoo is undoubtedly the number 1 choice. Because on the one hand it helps treat the scalp and cleanse it of scales. But also on the other hand because it is also a rich treatment for the hair. It preserves shine and health.

Free from parabens, dyes, synthetic fragrances and EDTA. It is natural, formulated with plants.

Dermatological Shampoo can be used daily. Simply massage as when using your usual shampoo. Or just from time to time. In the event of an attack or itching, the beginnings of a psoriasis outbreak, for example.

Our additional advice

Rinse your hair well. Indeed, this shampoo is really very concentrated. It doesn't take much. Pour into the palm of your hand. Add a little water. It then turns into cream. Apply locally to very wet hair.


Scalp psoriasis, results in photos

before after scalp shampoo 3 steps

Other Tips for Treating Scalp Psoriasis

Plaques on the scalp, how often to wash your hair?

Several schools clash over the frequency of shampooing. From experience, shampooing every day in case of psoriasis is a good thing. In case of scales and itching, this practice is also recommended.


How to use an anti-psoriasis shampoo?

When washing your hair, first distribute the shampoo over 4-5 different areas of the scalp. Then, lather. Do not spread from the top of the head. This area would be too attacked by the quantity of shampoo. Then make slow circular movements using firm finger pressure. Do not attack the scalp with your nails. Don't scratch your scalp. Also, avoid rubbing your scalp too hard. Soft, very soft.


Scalp and psoriasis, when to use a conditioner?

For long or fine hair, we recommend using conditioner. Styling will be easier. A conditioner is applied from the ends. The scalp should be avoided. The risk of lubrication will thus be avoided. The action of the conditioner is mainly to help detangling. It gives shine to the hair. In addition, it helps nourish the ends.


Can you use a hairdryer when you have itching?

In case of psoriasis, the ideal is to let the hair dry in the open air. Heat can indeed be a source of irritation. If you really want to use a hairdryer, here is our advice. Maintain a distance of approximately 20cm from the scalp. In addition, prefer to stay in the cold breath position.

On the other hand, in winter, avoid going out with damp hair. This will prevent maceration of the scalp. In fact, the latter promotes psoriasis.


Should you tell your hairdresser that you have psoriatic disease?

psosriasis and hair at the hairdresser

Sometimes it's embarrassing to introduce yourself at the hairdresser. In cases of scalp psoriasis, fear of what others will look at is common. Several questions run through patients' heads. Will he think I'm dirty? Will he think the disease is contagious? Will he find it disgusting?

Many hairdressers are well aware of the disease. They know the symptoms and the treatments. They know that psoriasis is not contagious.

Avoid any misunderstandings or discomfort. Inform your hairdresser when making an appointment.

Some fear an amplification of the disease by going to the hairdresser. It is true that using combs, hard-bristled brushes and hair dryers can damage the scalp. To prevent new patches of psoriasis from appearing, you can ask your hairdresser to use a mild shampoo. You can also bring your own shampoo. Also ask to use soft brushes and dry your hair at the right distance from the scalp.


Little hair, lots of psoriasis?

Here is an original solution in case of scales or hair loss: the wig.

Dander is particularly annoying. Visible, they can also cause hair loss. The aesthetic problem arises. Wearing a wig may be a solution. It will allow you to live your daily life better. You just need to find a wig that suits your style.


Psoriasis eyebrows and hair

Here is specific advice for psoriasis located near the mucous membranes (eyes, private parts). THE Pso Natura Regenerative Complex is a bactericidal treatment, it is irritating to the eyes and even to skin micro-lesions. This is why the use of Pso Natura dermatological shampoo, particularly on eyebrows affected by guttate psoriasis, is undoubtedly more recommended.

On skin with marked or even deep lesions (particularly on the hands or feet), we recommend the use of Pso Natura Rich Cream.


Other Natural Treatments for Scalp Psoriasis

There are many grandmother's recipes to help soothe itching. Or to promote healing of the skin. These are generally supportive remedies. However, they are worth mentioning. In fact, they can help improve the condition of the scalp. However, these simple recipes are sometimes incomplete. On the one hand, they are a solution. But on the other hand, they can dry out the hair for example.


Essential oils for scalp psoriasis

To soothe itchy skin

essential oils for psoriasisLet us cite here soothing essential oils such aschamomile essential oil or lavender. The EO of geranium is also often cited. The dosage of essential oils is crucial. An essential oil is the result of a distillation of the flowers or leaves of a plant.

As a result, she is ultra-focused. An overdose can be harmful to the skin and even health. We regularly note the occurrence of allergy problems linked to their improper use. Ask your pharmacist or naturopath for advice.


Plants applied locally

Fresh aloe is often cited to help nourish the epidermis. It thus promotes healing of the skin.

A turmeric poultice can also help soothe itchy skin. Dilute 1-2 teaspoons in a little water to obtain a paste. Leave it on the skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

German chamomile tea applied topically can also help soothe sore skin.



Natural systemic treatments for psoriasis

Herbal teas and chamomiles for a global treatment of your body. Science has now clearly established the repercussions of digestive system dysfunction on the skin. In addition, stress is a trigger for psoriasis.


Herbal food supplements for the causes of psoriasis

Detox & Zen psoriasis capsules

Pso Natura Detox & Zen Capsules are 100% plant-based, including their capsule.

Thanks to the synergy of their ingredients, they have a 2 in 1 action. On the one hand they act on the digestive system (Detox action). On the other hand, they help to relieve stress (Zen action).


Detox herbal teas

herbal teas and decoctionsHere we will choose plants with purifying or detoxifying properties. These herbal teas should ideally be taken over a week. At a rate of 3 to 4 cups per day. You can use these plants separately or make your own cocktail.

Ginger combined with lemon, it allows the preparation of an herbal tea with antibacterial, diuretic and antiseptic properties. This mixture would have detoxifying properties. It helps purify the body. In fact, it helps rid the blood of waste and toxins.

Rosemary. It helps stimulate the liver by promoting the production of bile acids by liver cells. Thus, it helps digest fats. In addition, it facilitates the transformation of waste and therefore their elimination by the kidneys.

Thyme. It is both an anti-infective and a muscle relaxant. In addition, it facilitates the elimination of bile. It helps detoxify the liver. We offer a thyme-lemon zest herbal tea for a pleasant taste and effective action. The acidity of lemon helps eliminate toxins. Thyme has purifying properties.
Our tip: add a few mint leaves to enhance the purifying effect.

Birch. It is recognized for its diuretic properties. It drains organs such as the kidneys or the liver. Thus, it helps eliminate accumulated toxins.


Soothing herbal teas

Here are some plants to help relieve stress. Take 2-3 cups per day. The duration of treatment is approximately one week. Here we select plants with a pleasant taste. Soothing herbal teas are numerous, but often not very tasty...

Passionflower. It helps in cases of anxiety, melancholy

Orange flowerr. It is calming. It is recommended in particular for sleep disorders.

Linden. It has some benefits against anxiety.


Aromatic waters, hydrosols

A hydrosol is an aromatic water obtained after distillation of a plant or flower. This is actually residual water. It is obtained after separation of the essential oil. Essential oils can normally only be sold in pharmacies. Hydrosol can be found almost everywhere, especially in organic stores.

The medicinal sage hydrosols or even mugwort act on intestinal health. They have some soothing properties against stress.

Take 4-5 tablespoons daily for approximately 3 weeks.


To conclude, psoriasis is a recurring dermatological problem. These genetic causes cannot be treated. Stress and digestive functions play an important role in the development of psoriasis. From the first symptoms, it is necessary to be reactive. This is when you should think about reusing a treatment shampoo for a few days.



(1) Association France Psoriasis
(2)  Swiss medical journal

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