Hair care for scalp psoriasis

How to cope with scalp psoriasis

Symptoms and how to cope with psoriasis on the scalp

As well as the scalp itself, scalp psoriasis can also affect the ears, the area above and behind the ears, the earlobes, the nape of the neck, the forehead and the hairline.

Hair care and psoriasis

It's important to treat your scalp very gently if psoriasis is present. Wash and dry your hair gently. If you use a hair dryer you should use the cool or very low heat setting and hold it at least 30 cm. from your head.

Remember to thoroughly dry behind your ears and on both sides of the earlobes.
Any brushing or combing of the scalp should be done particularly gently to avoid aggravating the existing psoriasis symptoms. Use a hairbrush with natural bristles rather than a hard plastic brush, and avoid using rollers and curlers which can pull the hair and dry the scalp.

Use a hairbrush with natural bristles rather than a plastic brush, and avoid using rollers and curlers which can pull the hair and dry the scalp.

Consider your hairstyle

You may also want to consider what kind of hairstyle is practical. A short haircut could be more comfortable and practical if you have severe psoriasis on your scalp.

Whatever hair style you choose, it may also be best to avoid styles that place tension on the hair, such as back combing or putting it up too tightly. If you are suffering from a flare-up on the scalp, you may want to put off perming or dying your hair until it has healed. Don't be embarrassed about telling your hairdresser about your psoriasis and ask them to treat your scalp gently.

You can always talk to your doctor or healthcare professional

As always, your healthcare professional is the best person to advise you on how to care for your scalp and the different treatment options for the condition. They can also help you with any general concerns about using hair styling products while you are using a treatment, so do make sure you involve them in any decisions you make regarding your psoriasis.

UK/IE 2013b/00072, Date of prep: April 2015

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