Which is the best shampoo for Scalp Psoriasis?
Many Scalp Psoriasis sufferers are diagnosed with this condition since their teenage years, and thus have been seeking for a remedy to the embarrassing red, itchy and flaky plague that forms on their scalp.
Truly, scalp psoriasis is one of the most common types of psoriasis there is. Also, psoriasis conditions are generally hereditary in nature, with a 50% chance of getting psoriasis if one parent is suffering from psoriasis.
Therefore, using the right shampoos that will work in relieving or reducing the itchiness arising from this condition. With use of the proper type of shampoo, your scalp psoriasis symptoms may be reduced and thus helps you return to an acceptable quality of life.
The following is an analysis of the different types of shampoo for Scalp Psoriasis, each of it with it’s own pros and cons. Ultimately, the right shampoo for Scalp Psoriasis may differ between scalp psoriasis patients, thus it may be necessary to seek professional advise on the best shampoo. Alternatively, you could also try different shampoos to find the one that works best for you.
1. Clobetasol Shampoo
Trademarked as Clobex Shampoo, this shampoo contains 500mcg/mL of clobetasol propionate, a high potency corticosteroid, as the active ingredient. As there are risks of side effects towards the use of this shampoo, this shampoo is only for use for adults older than 18 years of age.
Amongst the possible side effects from using this shampoo includes burning and redness, dry and cracking skin, skin rashes, thinning of the skin and even swollen hair follicles. In addition, skin may change color and blisters and pimples, and even stretch marks may appear from the use of Clobetasol Shampoo.
Due to the potential risks and side effects from using Clobetasol shampoo, it is always advisable to seek the advise of a medical professional before trying it out. This is particular important for scalp psoriasis sufferers who also suffer from allergy to certain medications, are pregnant or breastfeeding, have areas affected by other bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal or other types of skin diseases.
It’s also crucial that the shampoo does not go into the eyes as it can potentially cause glaucoma or even cataract. Finally, the guidelines from the manufacturer states that Clobetasol shampoo should not be continuously used for more than 4 weeks at a time
2. Salicylic Acid Shampoo
The brand names for this shampoo are Sebex and Sebulex and this shampoo works by removing the scaling as a result of scalp psoriasis. What happens is that the salicylate content swells and softens the skin. Subsequently, skin will then peel off.
First, the scalp needs to be wet with water, before applying the Salicylic Acid Shampoo on the areas where scalp psoriasis is present. The shampoo is left on the site for 5 minutes before being rinsed off. Then, wash hair again with regular shampoo. Salicylic Acid Shampoo may be used on a daily basis, with frequency reduced once conditions have improved.
As with any other product, there are side effects to be watched out for such as redness or a burning sensation on the treated skin area. Peeling skin on the affected area may also be one of the possible side effects. In rare cases, allergies to the active ingredient may occur, displaying symptoms such as rashes, dizziness and trouble breathing. Always consult a doctor before using these products, and he will help you weight the side effects against the benefits.
Also, just with any other products, this product is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, children or adults who are experiencing chickenpox, flu or the shingles, or children who are younger than 2 years of age. There are also a host of medical conditions which interact with salicylic acid shampoo, thus medical advise is necessary prior to using this shampoo.
3) Coal Tar Shampoo
Coal tar shampoo works by causing the dead cells on the skin to shed, and subsequently slows down the growth of skin cells. Apart from that, coal tar shampoo has the ability to reduce the redness and itchiness on the skin, thus providing relief to scalp psoriasis sufferers.
This shampoo works in about the same way as the rest of the shampoos. First wet hair, then apply the coal tar shampoo onto affected skin. Then, massage onto scalp and leave for a few minutes. Rinse off the shampoo and re-wash with regular shampoo if necessary.
One precaution that needs to be taken after using coal tar shampoo is to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, as one of the side effects of coal tar is causing photosensitivity on the skin.
Apart from that, coal tar shampoo may also cause allergic reactions to some people, and may also interact with certain medical conditions. Thus, a doctor’s advise is always best before deciding on using this shampoo to treat scalp psoriasis. Other side effects that have been demonstrated include skin irritation, rashes that look like acne and even hair loss.
In 2000, coal tar shampoos such as Poly Tar has been banned in certain countries as it has been found to this shampoo has an ‘unacceptable high risk for cancer’ (Reference: European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products Intended for Consumers). Also, in 1985, a study on people who had used coal tar for more than 40 years found that almost half of them had eventually developed skin cancer.
With this, the risks of coal tar as a possible remedy for scalp psoriasis needs to be weighed against its benefits before being used for the long term.
Apart from the 3 shampoo types above, you may want to use some natural remedies for scalp psoriasis. In fact, studies have shown that diet and a change in lifestyle does ultimately contribute to a permanent solution to your psoriasis problems. Check out the link below for testimonials of psoriasis sufferers who have overcome Psoriasis, permanently!