If you notice silvery scales on your scalp, it might be because of scalp psoriasis. It is a skin condition which causes itching and discomfort. When you scratch your scalp to remove the scales and to stop the itching, it might result in temporary hair loss.

However, you can easily treat it by consulting a doctor. There are various treatments available which help you to remove the scale build-up and stop the itching. Your hair will start growing back once the irritation is over.

What is Scalp Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disorder which mostly affects different parts of your skin. In this condition, the skin becomes red, scaly and itchy. Silver scaly patches appear on your skin. These patches are known as “plaques”. 

One common type of psoriasis is “scalp psoriasis”. In this condition, part of your scalp or the entire scalp becomes itchy, red and scaly. 

It is an immune system disorder in which the skin cells grow very quickly. As the skin grows quickly, it results in build-up patches. 

If you have plaque psoriasis, the chances of developing scalp psoriasis are very high. It is not contagious but mostly hereditary. If someone in your family has psoriasis, you might also suffer from it.

Scalp Psoriasis

How Can I Stop Hair Loss from Psoriasis?

If you want to prevent hair loss from psoriasis, here are some measures you need to take.

  • Conditioner: Use a conditioner after you wash your hair. Apply the conditioner on the scalp to moisturize it.
  • Avoid Hot Tools: You need to stop using hot tools on your hair. Don’t blow dry your hair or use hair straighter to straighten your hair.
  • Hair Products: Start using hair products which contain methanol. It will help you to soothe the scalp and avoid irritation.
  • Wet Towel: If your scalp is itching badly, you need to apply a cool, wet cloth or ice pack on your scalp.
  • Treatments and Medication: You can also consult a dermatologist and start treatment for scalp psoriasis. There are various creams, oils, sprays, foams, shampoos as well as medicines available.
  • Lifestyle Changes: You also need to make some changes in your lifestyle. Avoid alcohol, stress, scratching your scalp and be cautious of the weather.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair With Psoriasis?

If you are using a medicated shampoo, you need to wash your hair twice a week with it. Make sure the shampoo contains tar. 

If you are washing your hair daily, you can use medicated shampoo one day followed by non-medicated shampoo the other day to maintain hair health.

Avoid using shampoo with harsh chemicals as it might weaken your hair. After you wash your hair, you need to apply conditioner on the scalp to keep it moisturized.

Will Hair Loss From Psoriasis Grow Back?

Scalp psoriasis is not the root cause of hair loss. The itching, scratching and picking causes hair to become weak and fall off. 

Along with that, the harsh treatments, as well as stress, also causes hair loss. However, it is not permanent. Once the scalp clears, normal hair will grow back on your head.

Can I Dye My Hair If I Have Psoriasis?

If your scalp psoriasis is under control, you can die your hair. But if it is pretty bad, you need to avoid dyeing your hair. The adverse chemicals in the dye can cause psoriasis flare-up and make the scalp inflamed, thereby worsening the condition.

How Do I Know If It’s Dandruff or Psoriasis?

Many people confuse dandruff with psoriasis, but there are some key differences in both the conditions. 

  • Sliver: The scales on the scalp appear silvery when in case of psoriasis.
  • Red Patches: Psoriasis causes red, irritating patches to appear on your skin.
  • Prominent: Psoriasis is very prominent while dandruff comes and goes.
  • Dermatologist: You can also consult a dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis.

If you have scalp psoriasis, you need to consult a dermatologist and start treatment for the same. It will take a few months to get it under control and stop hair loss.