It’s pretty safe to say that scalp problems of any nature (itchiness, flaking, and the like), are highly annoying to anyone suffering from them. But scalp psoriasis — a common condition characterized by thick, red scaly patches of skin that can cover the entire scalp and be chronic — is arguably the most painful and inconvenient of them all. Scalp psoriasis treatment often comes in the form of oils, steroid solutions, and even ointments, but basic care for it starts in the shower with the shampoo you use.
Those battling scalp psoriasis want to aim for a formula that simultaneously sloughs away flakes as it soothes irritation. New York City-based dermatologist and founder of Smarter Skin Dermatology, Sejal Shah, says that you should look for a shampoo comprised of ingredients such as salicylic acid and coal tar, the latter of which is a dark liquid that’s a by-product of the production of coke and coal gas from coal and is used in medications to treat psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. It may sound scary, but dermatologists say it significantly helps to slow down the rapid growth of skin cells while reducing inflammation. Ahead, find Shah’s favorite shampoo picks for scalp psoriasis, as well as other expert recommendations.
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