If scalp psoriasis leaves you scratching your head (or fighting the urge to itch), you’re in good company: According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), about half of the 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis have it on their scalp.
But good news: There are more treatment options than ever. “We now have so many fantastic ways to treat scalp psoriasis,” says Melodie Young, a nurse practitioner who specializes in chronic skin disease at Mindful Dermatology in Dallas. Options range from topical steroids and medicated shampoos for mild or moderate psoriasis to injectable biologics for severe cases.
In addition to prescription medications, there are home remedies for scalp psoriasis. These natural remedies may provide a measure of relief or even cure scalp psoriasis permanently, particularly if your symptoms are mild. Below are five that may help you thwart flaking, itchiness, or burning caused by scalp psoriasis.
Always check with your dermatologist before trying any home remedy, even the natural kind, to make sure it’s safe for you. You’ll also want to perform a patch test to make sure you don’t have an allergy: Apply the treatment to a small area of skin such as the inside of your forearm, cover with a bandage, then check over the next few days for a rash or other sign of trouble.