Scalp Psoriasis

What Is Scalp Psoriasis?

Scalp Psoriasis is an associated condition of a common skin disease known as Psoriasis. Actually, 50% of all Psoriasis sufferers have Psoriasis of the scalp too.

If you didn’t know what Psoriasis is, it is a non contagious skin condition characterized by inflammations. The condition can effect the inflammation of joints also, and is termed as Psoriatic Arthritis. About eighty percent of all Psoriasis sufferers fall under the category Plague Psoriasis in which case you’ll find areas of reddish inflamed skin with a covering of silver colored or white scales that can affect almost any part of the skin not excluding the scalp.

What are the causes of Scalp Psoriasis?

The primary trigger of the condition is unknown, and can be any of the many factors attributed to the same, like:

 A weak immune system

Under certain circumstances, the immune system accelerates the growth of skin cells, and cells that usually take a month or so to mature and shed completes their life cycle in 2-4 days, leading to rapid accumulation of scales on the scalp, leading to an itchy scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis and even dandruff also are caused by a weak immune system in some cases.


 Some experts are of the opinion that genes do play a major part in a person’s susceptibility to Scalp psoriasis.

Though these factors might be present in a large number of individuals, it’s certain triggers that cause the development of the disease. These triggers include certain medicines, infections of the skin, stress and certain injuries.


Scalp Psoriasis is often mistaken with Seborrheic dermatitis since both these scalp diseases have somewhat the same symptoms like extensive flaking and reddening. There are certain symptoms that can help in the differentiation of the two. These symptoms may or may not be present in all the affected individuals, but can form a basis for the proper diagnosis of Scalp Psoriasis.

  • Reddish patches on the scalp covered with silvery white scales
  • Bleeding from the dry scalp surface
  • A burning sensation on the scalp
  • Same kind of symptoms in other parts of the torso


Psoriasis does not have a permanent cure much like many other chronic scalp and skin conditions like Seborrheic dermatitis. Having said that, you sure can reduce the symptoms and avoid the overwhelming presence of the disease in your life.For mild forms of Scalp Psoriasis, treatments for Seborrheic dermatitis can be of help, though the former seems to be more persistent in most cases.

The usual treatments involve the use of the following substances:

1. Ketoconazole

This is a very effective anti-fungal chemical used in dandruff treatment as well as the treatment for Scalp Psoriasis

2. Coal Tar

Is a prime ingredient in many shampoos, gels and other hair care products and has a good record in keeping the condition under control

3. Salicylic acid

Removes scales when used in lower concentrations which are available in medical stores.

As always with the case of skin conditions including Seborrheic dermatitis, do consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than couple of months of usage of regular over the counter medication and self care using home remedies which are common for dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and can also help in cases of scalp psoriasis. All my natural remedies on how to get rid of dandruff can be used for any sort of skin conditions.