Scalp Psoriasis * Maintaining,Cleansing,Caring, And Products *

Hi everyone. Ive been natural since 2011. But would straighten my hair frequently(every 2 weeks). But then in October 2012 I started to stop straitening my hair so much and wear it natural.

I later developed psoriasis on my scalp. My hair has grown amazingly, but I feel that the psoriasis is holding me back on my hair growth. I just straighten it, and got a mini chop. Now I am determined to learn how to maintain my hair with this psoriasis and reducing the build up and inflammation on my scalp,retaining moisture, retaining length, and gaining new growth this summer.

Any products(sulfate free psoriasis shampoos),remedies, really good moisturizing conditioners, oils,leave in conditioners(liquid) suggestions or ANY HELP and information will help and would really be appreciated!

Someone told me I could use apple cider vinegar to cleanse my hair and scalp and then condition with a moisturizing condition, and make my own leave in, and any styling product as long as I don't put it on my scalp.

My hair is 3c/4a. I am 16 in New York weather conditions(if that helps)
Welcome! What regimen has your dermatologist recommended? Have you tried any diet or lifestyle modification, even a registered dietician? Have you checked out various psoriasis charity websites?

The acetic acid in vinegar is not keratolytic (won't break keratin bonds so loosening the plaques) my gut instinct would be that is not a good move. Oftentimes home remedies appear to have a beneficial effect not because of what you add to your routine but what you subtract.

All styling products will get on your scalp unless you sleep standing up and never touch or wash your hair. If a product is irritant even a few molecules can cause a problem - shampoo bubbles running down my arm triggered my elbow patch of atopic eczema.

I think Neutrogena T-Sal (salicylic acid) shampoo is sulphate free. Komaza Care are into scalp health, they might be able to advise via e-mail on any products of theirs to suit.

Abstract of a very small study you might discuss with your derm
Topical application of natural honey, be... [Complement Ther Med. 2003] - PubMed - NCBI
Few interesting studies on aloe vera inner leaf gel you might discuss too, but looks like it is very early days.
Evaluation of the antipsoriatic activity of Al... [Phytother Res. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI
A prospective, randomized clini... [J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2010] - PubMed - NCBI
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I have gone through two bouts of guttate psoriasis which, thankfully is currently in remission. Two things were most helpful with my last bout. 1. UV -B treatments. Expensive but the only thing that got it to go intoi remission. 2. Salicylic acid greatly reduced the flaking I was having.

If I were you I would find a Dr. That specializes in psoriasis if you don't already. I saw three doctors who tried to treat me moth all kinds of steroids before I found a dr with a UV-B light box.
Type 2B - 3A
Med-High Porosity (partial highlights), medium & corse mixed textures

CG Day 1: May 16, 2013

Poo: CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish (as needed)
CO: Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Condish
RO&LI: CJ Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Condish
Styling: CJ Pattern Pusha or FSG, TRESemme Flawless Curls - Bouncy Curls Defining Gel, Giovanni LANaturals HardHold Gel (canopy only)
DT: CJ Curl Rehab, Coconut oil, SS Repairing PT

Techniques: Scrunch-n-pump, tshirt wrap
I have used 3 shampoo's so far
So far the dermarest shampoo and conditioner have had the best results.
But it depends on your skin type and severity of your condition.
I would read up on the differnt kinds of special shampoo's there are.
To get you started read this maybe it will help you decide wich 1 to pick as your scalp treatment.
Psoriasis Shampoo Reviews | Psoriasis hands

I hope this helps
best regards
K. contin
Hi there,
I too have psoriasis on my scalp and can I say it absolutely SUCKS to have both psoriasis and curls.
When my psoriasis flares up (if I'm stressed, sick or use too many products) I switch my normal shampoo and conditioner to a really gentle fragrance free alternative. I use Al'chemy Unscented Very Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner which I get from a store called Priceline (which is in Australia where I live) however I'm sure you could find a similar alternative closer to home. Make sure you rinse any conditioner you use out of your hair REALLY WELL!! You need a product that leaves no residue in your hair and more importantly on your scalp. Natural alternatives are generally best.
If you're looking for something more medicated try a coal tar based solution from your pharmacy (this is a better alternative to Neutrogena T). They smell terrible but actually work! These products won't do anything for your hair condition but once you get the psoriasis under control then you can experiment with styling products and have less of a reaction to them!
I've visited a naturopath that specialises in psoriasis and they put me on a low alkaline diet - high green veggies, low acidic foods (tomato, citrus etc), low white starches (switch potato for kumara and white rice for brown rice) and lots of water (at least 2 litres a day). This made the biggest difference to how I felt. Once I got my psoriasis under control then I started to try a variety of products to see how they affected my scalp. The best ones I've found are the Aveda Be Curly range. I love the be curly curl enhancer and their dry remedy treatment masque is amazing! However, you need to make sure you don't apply any products to your scalp directly!!
Anyways, I hope this helps a little. Try googling low alkaline diet as I can tell you this really works and it was recommended to me by someone who has psoriasis over their entire body and except for the occasional flare up it's completely controlled. Good luck xx

Last edited by Cherripow; 12-17-2013 at 09:42 PM.

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