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nana_banana 04-12-2012 08:33 AM

Psoriasis on the scalp
This is for my mother who has very bad psoriasis on her scalp. She has tried medicated creams and shampoos from the doctor (prescription and OTC). She has tried natural stuff from the health shops. Right now, she is doing a regimen from a naturopath doctor (a specially formulated hair oil as well as herbal medicines and supplements, including fish oil and zinc). Nothing appears to be working but the natural hair oil is the best solution she has found yet, although it's not foolproof.

Her natural hair texture is probably a 2C with a bit of 3A, maybe? Her hair is dense, her individual strands are thick, and her hair is coarse in texture. She gets weekly blow outs to straighten her hair and she colors it frequently to cover up greys. Occasionally, she will wear her hair naturally wavy/curly but she prefers it straightened for a variety of reasons (mostly so she doesn't have to "do" her hair every morning when it's straight). And she is 46 years old and not going through full menopause but has some menopausal symptoms like heat flashes and wonky periods.

I've told her it's the heat that could be making her psoriasis worse. She doesn't believe me and says her stylist says it shouldn't matter. Of course her stylist isn't going to say heat is making her scalp worse! He's getting a steady, weekly client...

Healing herself from the inside in would probably be the best. She's toying with the idea of giving up wheat but I think she should get tested for a wheat allergy before eliminating wheat all together.

Any ideas?

lazyloops 05-11-2012 10:09 AM

As far as I know, Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease. I have a patch on my scalp that has bugged me off and on for years. Clobetasol 0.05% helps some, but only if I scratch the plaque off and put it on the raw skin (which burns like hell for a moment). I've tried putting coconut oil on it to no avail. Sunlight is supposed to help, but how? unless you shave your head, right? lol

Psoriasis isn't dryness, although it feels very dry. It is actually a buildup of immature skin caused by the skin reproducing layers faster than they can mature. Moisture doesn't affect the condition, but it make make the skin feel better.

So, being an auto-immune condition, she'd have to figure out what her trigger is. I've gone grain-free for weeks on end and it didn't change my scalp. But modern wheat is awful for us, so she ought to give it a shot. I hope I figure out what my trigger is.

RingletGirl 07-13-2012 04:03 PM

I have had Psoriasis on my scalp and other locations for over 15 years. It comes and goes like it does for most people. I have curly hair too so it makes project choices hard. Supposedly allergies and product sensitivity shouldn't affect the Psoriasis but I disagree. I recently tried with the dermatologist again and she prescribed Talconex. It seems to be helping. If I go too many days between applying it then it will pop back up. You might have your see her doctor and mention it. The good thing is I can wear black again:)

It is an auto-immune disease and one of the main triggers is stress. It's something that doesn't ever go away but can go into remission.

Hopefully that helps.

bookgirl 10-12-2012 02:58 AM

Your mother needs to see a doctor for a prescription remedy. Home remedies, over-the-counter products, natural stuff, heat, cold, whatever don't do much at all, although they may temporarily quiet the itch, depending on what you're using. I've tried just about every non-prescription option since my psoriasis appeared when I was nine years old, and believe me, nothing worked.

Plaque psoriasis (the most common kind, and what your mother seems to have) very commonly and stubbornly appears on the scalp, and can only be controlled (somewhat) rather than cured. There are many, many options your doctor can offer, and often the reduction of severity in breakouts is dramatic, although frequently not total.

I currently use a clobetasol preparation that is in mousse form - very easy to apply directly to my scalp, easily and quickly absorbed, quite effective. I put it on, let it sink in (and I can feel the lesions shrink after a few minutes), then go about my regular hair routine (after cleansing in the morning, and then on dry hair/scalp at night). It controls rather than cures, but it really helps the horrid itch and annoying flaking.

One reason mineral and other oils provide temporary or partial relief is that they can be used to loosen the scales that cover the red lesions underneath. Once the scales are moistened and gently rubbed off, topical meds can more easily reach the red lesions, where they can most effectively work.

However, removing the scales with oil and then not using a topical prescription med afterwards has only resulted in the return of the flakes/scales within the same day/night, because a hallmark of the autoimmune condition is extremely rapid skin cell turnover - the patches produce new, dead skin so fast that they build up almost immediately.

So, basically, go to a doctor. I spent decades on ineffective products before finally getting prescription stuff that markedly reduced my suffering.

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