There are some myths and false beliefs that abound about scalp psoriasis. For a person already stressed with the outbreak of this disease, these may be heartbreaking. In this article, we try to provide a few easy to do scalp psoriasis home remedies to supplement your ongoing treatment. It should be noted however that no home remedy can ever replace professional medical treatment. These remedies only help you in supplementing the medications and recover faster.
8 Scalp Psoriasis Home Remedies That Work Wonders
1. Aloe Vera Gel
The magic remedy for any and almost every skin related ailment works its magic here as well. After all, it is dry and flaky skin that we are talking about. Aloe Vera, a go-to ingredient of skin creams and lotions, is known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Packed with antioxidants, it’s application helps calm the itchy skin.
How to Apply – Take nearly one-fourth cup of freshly extracted aloe vera gel and mix it with a few drops of lavender oil. Apply the paste on the scalp, covering the entire scalp. Keep this blend on your scalp for nearly half an hour, and then wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Applying this mixture on your scalp can immediately soothe your sore skin somewhat. For best results, apply the gel at least twice a week.
2. Coconut Oil
Another magic potion available in almost all Indian homes, this is a God gift for your skin, unhealthy or healthy alike. The multiple uses of coconut oil are well known and have been advocated by grandmothers since ages. The results from the application of coconut oil are visible quite early, the only rider here being the availability of pure coconut oil. Any adulteration might further irritate your skin.
How to Apply – Take a few teaspoons of coconut oil and heat it lightly till it is warm (not hot). Now massage this warm coconut oil gently into the area of your scalp affected by psoriasis. You may apply the oil to your entire scalp. Leave the oil in your hair overnight and wash it off with a mild shampoo in the morning. For better results, repeat this minimum twice a week.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a recent addition in the list of go-to home remedies for any skin related issues and works equally well for scalp psoriasis. People who have used this, vouch for its efficacy. Though, you may need to be slightly careful with this one. Do not apply this, if your skin is cracked or bleeding, the vinegar (acetic acid) may end up hurting you more than healing.
How to Apply – Take nearly 2-3 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and mix it with nearly half a cup of water to dilute it. Take this on a Q-tip and apply to the affected area. Do not leave this on your scalp for a long period. Wash it off after nearly 20 minutes for a good result. If this treatment suits you, try to apply it at least twice a week for better results.
An extremely common ingredient in the Indian kitchen, turmeric is known for its antibiotic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The application of turmeric helps instantly sanitise wounds anywhere in the body. These properties make it a perfect fit for soothing the itchy and flaking skin due to scalp psoriasis.
How to Apply – Mix about a teaspoon of powdered turmeric with nearly 3-4 tablespoons of water and make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected area and keep it for 15 minutes. Wash off the paste with a mild shampoo. You can repeat this remedy twice or thrice a week for good results.
The plain old yogurt in our American homes is known for its cooling properties. It is also an excellent moisturiser and exfoliator, helping in removing the dead skin. The application of the yogurt cools down the irritated skin and reduces the swelling by moisturising the skin.
How to Apply – Take about half a cup of fresh yogurt and apply it to your entire scalp. Keep it on for 20-30 minutes and then wash off with either your regular shampoo or a medicated one as prescribed by your doctor. This remedy delivers good results even with one application in a week.
6. Epsom / Sea Salts
One of the biggest problems with having scalp psoriasis is the flakiness of the skin. The dry skin can peel off from the skin bump, causing a dandruff-like effect. Hence, it is very important to properly exfoliate your scalp skin from time to time, without aggravating the condition further. This can be achieved with the help of natural scrubs like Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt.
How to Apply – The application of these salts is simple. Just take a teaspoon of either salt and mix it thoroughly with your regular shampoo. Using this mixture, wash off your hair properly so that all the salt is washed off with the shampoo. You can repeat this procedure as many times as you wash your hair.
A surprise ingredient readily available in your home that can help you soothe your itchy skin is the humble oatmeal. The people who have applied this, swear by the efficacy of the oat paste in soothing the skin, although there is no scientific reason to support this claim.
How to apply – Take 2-3 teaspoons of oats and mix it with warm water (not hot! The hot water may further aggravate your condition) to form a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected area(s) and keep it for 20-30 minutes. Then, wash off with a mild shampoo. Alternatively, you can mix oats in your bath water and soak in it. You can use this remedy twice or thrice in a week, for better results.
A multipurpose ingredient known and celebrated for its anti-inflammatory properties and found in every kitchen is ginger root. It helps in detoxifying the body internally and is used for various purposes like weight loss, skin improvement, improving the digestion etc. Although ginger root can be applied directly on the scalp, in case of scalp psoriasis, it may irritate the already dry skin. Hence, it is advisable to take it internally in the form of ginger tea.
How to Apply – Boil a small piece of ginger in about one cup of water. Strain the water and add a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Drink this tea while it’s hot. You can have this tea as many times as you want, but you should have it at least once daily.
These easy, do it yourself home remedies, with the help of common everyday ingredients available in your kitchen may not cure your scalp psoriasis completely on their own, but will make life a lot easier, by soothing your skin. Each ingredient is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and does not take too much efforts to apply.
What is Scalp Psoriasis?
Psoriasis refers to a medical condition, where the skin on any body part (yes, any and not just the scalp) gets bumpy patches and scales. It is an inflammatory skin disease that can affect your scalp, hands, legs, nose or any other skin area causing bumps and scaly texture in the skin.
So, what are the causes of Psoriasis? The exact cause of psoriasis is as yet unknown, although a lot of research is happening in the area. It is typically caused due to a deficiency in the immune system of the body. In this condition, the skin cells of a particular region (or even multiple regions) grow rapidly. The growth rate of the skin is much higher than the one at which it is being shed. This causes the bumps to be formed.
The scales can be extremely dry, and sometimes the skin may crack or even bleed due to the dryness. It is observed, that people with the history of psoriasis in their families have a higher chance of getting the disease as compared to others. Although the exact reason for the same is unverified.
The best way forward in case of a psoriatic outbreak is, of course, to consult an experienced medical professional. The medical professional may check your situation and suggest medicines. The scalp psoriasis may cause temporary loss of hair and flakiness of skin, similar to dandruff. Generally, the patients who have psoriasis are given lotions, gels and creams to moisturise the affected areas. This is also the basis of some of the common home remedies to soothe the scaly and itchy skin, especially in the scalp.
Do try some of these remedies at home and share your experience with us.