Psoriasis of the Scalp and Hair Loss

Scalp psoriasis can be a very painful and uncomfortable chronic condition, with symptoms of red, scaly white patches of skin and itching on the scalp.

scalp psoriasis, smp for scalp psoriasis, scalp micropigmentationIn some cases, the scales can be so thick that they crack and bleed. Scalp psoriasis can also cause hair loss, which can be temporary or permanent but usually the hair will grow back.

At its worst, the scalp can become covered with thick, crusty scales and scars that make it difficult to groom the hair.

The hair may become dry, brittle, and thin. It is important to see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Psoriasis is an inflammatory, chronic, relapsing scalp disorder.

What is Psoriasis?

It is unknown exactly what causes psoriasis, but it is thought to be due to an overactive immune system. Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease that causes raised areas of abnormal skin (red, pink, or purple, dry, itchy, and scaly). It can occur at any age and it is not contagious.

Psoriasis can appear in small patches or it can be worse where it can cover the whole body. If the Koebner phenomenon happens (an injury to the skin which can trigger psoriasis at that point). There are 5 main types of psoriasis:

  1. Plaque psoriasis – Found on the scalp: psoriasis vulgaris, makes up about 90% of cases. It typically presents as red patches with white scales on top. Areas of the body most commonly affected are the back of the forearms, shins, navel area, and scalp.
  2. Guttate psoriasis – has drop-shaped lesions.
  3. Inverse psoriasis – forms red patches in the skin folds.
  4. Pustular psoriasis – small blisters filled with pus. Not infectious.
  5. Erythrodermic psoriasis – this particular rash can become very widespread around the body. If you have any of the other types of psoriasis, you can develop Erythrodermic.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes.

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Is There a Cure?

There is no cure for scalp psoriasis, but there are treatments that can help to control the symptoms.

The best approach depends on the severity of the condition. For mild cases, over-the-counter topical treatments may be enough to control the symptoms. For more severe cases, prescription medications may be necessary. Some of the most common treatments for scalp psoriasis include corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, calcipotriene, tazarotene, Anthralin, and corticosteroid injections. Also vitamin D3 analogues, and phototherapy.

In severe cases, systemic therapy with methotrexate, cyclosporine, or acitretin may be necessary and these medications can have side effects. Light therapy, involves exposure to ultraviolet light and can help to reduce the symptoms and in some cases, a combination of these treatments may be necessary to achieve the best possible results.

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Getting Help with Psoriasis

Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body, but is mostly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. If you’re looking for help with psoriasis, there are places you can go:

  • Your doctor
  • Online resources for additional support and information via websites, articles and videos.
  • Support groups for assistance and a friendly ear.

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Psoriasis (Scalp Psoriasis) Questions

If you have psoriasis, you might have unanswered questions about the condition.

-What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

-How is psoriasis diagnosed?

-How is psoriasis treated?

-Can psoriasis be prevented?

-What is psoriasis?

-What causes psoriasis?

What is psoriasis?

A chronic skin condition that results in the buildup of skin cells on the scalp. The excess skin cells form red, scaly patches. Psoriasis affects around 2% of the population and can happen at any age.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

The most common are patches of dry, flaking, scaly skin where the patches can become itchy and uncomfortable. Pain in the joints can be caused by psoriasis and you may also have burning and itching as well as hair loss.

How can I treat scalp psoriasis?

Use topical treatments, such as corticosteroid creams and hair / scalp shampoos to reduce itchiness and inflammation. There is also Light therapy (phototherapy exposes the skin to ultraviolet light, which helps to slow down skin cells growth. Severe psoriasis is severe can be treated with prescribed injectable or oral medications.

How can I prevent scalp psoriasis?

The scalp should be kept clean and moisturised. And regular checkups with a doctor should be attended.There is no sure and reliable way to prevent scalp psoriasis, but risk can be reduced by avoiding triggers, such as stress. Stress can cause psoriasis to flare up.

How is scalp psoriasis diagnosed?

You may require a skin biopsy or blood test.

What causes psoriasis?

The exact cause is unknown. However, it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic, immune and environmental factors.

Is there a cure?

There is no current cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can help to control the symptoms.

Be sure to talk to your doctor to get the most up-to-date information about the condition and advancements with treatments.

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Skalptec Ltd has clinics across the UK and one in Holland at this time.  Find out more.



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Skalptec currently has SMP hair loss treatment clinics in Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Jersey and Netherlands.

  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technicianof Skalptec & Winner of Best Scalp Tech MPUK UK National Award (our Head Office is located in Burscough, Merseyside). Click here to discover for more about Terence.
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Skalptec Can Help You

Skin type and scalp condition will differ from person to person so a flexible approach from a professional scalp technician is a must. Don’t settle for anything less than the best.

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So, if you are looking for a viable, popular and proven option consider having Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Skalptec Ltd is an established UK multi award winning SMP provider and we provide the best possible experience if you are going through any type of hair loss.

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Learn more about Skalptec and the services that we provide. See how we can help you to cover anything from early signs of hair loss to full baldness, thinning hair, scalp scars, scalp psoriasis, receding hairline and alopecia. Contact us to chat with one of our friendly team where you will be able to book a free consultation at one of our established Skalptec clinics.