15 Best Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Scalp Psoriasis Effectively August 22, 2017

If you thought psoriasis could only affect the skin on your arms or legs or back, well you are wrong! Psoriasis can affect any surface of the body, even the scalp. Many a times, people forget that the scalp is essentially skin too It can get affected with the regular skin issues too – scalp psoriasis being one of them. If you do have scalp psoriasis, then this article is for you! Keep reading to know more about this problem and how you can treat it with home remedies.

Below, we shall discuss a little about the skin disorder first before delving into the best remedies you can try.

What Is Scalp Psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis is common skin disorder that affects many people. Those suffering from this condition develop reddish and scaly patches on their scalp. There can be a single patch present or multiple patches can also develop. This condition can also easily spread from the scalp to other areas such as back of the neck, forehead or even behind the ears (1).

What Causes Scalp Psoriasis?

The exact cause of scalp psoriasis, or any other type of psoriasis, is still not clear. But it is believed to be a result of an abnormality in the immune system. This abnormality may cause the cells in our skin to grow rapidly but these aren’t shed at the same rate. As a result, patches form on the surface of the scalp. A genetic predisposition may be responsible for this. Another factor that can cause psoriasis to flare-up is stress (1, 2).

 Scalp Psoriasis – Signs And Symptoms

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  • Patches or bumps on the scalp (usually pink/red)
  • Silvery-white scales
  • Scalp dryness
  • Flaky skin that resembles dandruff
  • Itchy bumps
  • Inflammation or burning sensation
  • Increased hair loss
  • Bleeding (from scratching the scales) (3, 4)

These symptoms may not all be present at the same time and may be present intermittently. Although there is no cure for this skin disorder, there are other remedies that can help treat it and control the flare-ups that often occur. Home remedies for scalp psoriasis work as a better cure than anything else.

The following are the best remedies that scalp psoriasis patients can try out to get relief.

Home Remedies For Scalp Psoriasis

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Epsom Salt
  5. Glycerin
  6. Garlic
  7. Ginger
  8. Henna
  9. Listerine
  10. Shea Butter
  11. Witch Hazel
  12. Yogurt
  13. Baking Soda
  14. Coal Tar
  15. Dead Sea Salt

Top Scalp Psoriasis Home Remedies

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Q-tip

What You Have To Do

  1. Dilute the ACV with water.
  2. Apply this on the scalp using a Q-tip.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This can help reduce the soreness and irritation of the affected skin. Its antiseptic properties can also help to prevent any infections from developing on the scalp (5, 6).

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[ Read: Psoriasis Causes]

2. Aloe Vera For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 6-8 drop lavender oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Preferably, extract fresh gel from an aloe leaf and blend this along with the lavender oil.
  2. Apply some of this on the scalp and let it sit for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with a mild shampoo.

You can also use aloe vera gel by itself to treat scalp psoriasis.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a week on the affected skin.

Why This Works

The soothing properties of aloe vera give relief from the itchiness and irritation. Its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants help to reduce the swelling and treat the skin condition faster (7).

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3. Coconut Oil For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

2-3 teaspoons virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Lightly heat the oil to melt it.
  2. Apply this on the scalp and massage gently.
  3. Leave this on overnight.

For faster results, add a few drops of an essential oil to coconut oil before applying it. Best essential oils that benefit scalp psoriasis patients are lavender oil, tea tree oil, neem oil, and peppermint oil.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is one of the best home remedies for scalp psoriasis which gives outstanding results. This will give your skin relief from the symptoms and lock the oil’s nutrients in your skin, preventing the dry patches from spreading or recurring (8).

If you do not have coconut oil handy, there are many alternate oils that can be used for scalp psoriasis. These include castor oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, mustard oil, hemp oil, and vitamin E oil.

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4. Epsom Salt For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
  • Shampoo

What You Have To Do

Mix the salt with your regular shampoo and rinse your hair and scalp as usual.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every time you wash your hair.

Why This Works

Epsom salt can do wonders for the treatment of scalp psoriasis. It helps soothe itching and infiltrates scales and plaques to give you relief. The dry skin will also be exfoliated by the salt (9).

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5. Glycerin For Scalp Psoriasis

You Will Need

Glycerin

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply glycerin on the patches on the scalp and leave it on as an overnight treatment.
  2. Rinse your hair as usual in the morning.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a week depending on the severity of your patches.

Why This Works

Glycerin is a great humectant and emollient. It locks in moisture and treats the dryness and flakiness (10).

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6. Garlic For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil OR olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Lightly roast the garlic in a pan. Crush this and add it to the oil.
  2. Keep this aside for a day or two.
  3. Apply some of this oil on the scalp and let it sit for an hour before rinsing it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Garlic has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help treat various symptoms associated with scalp psoriasis (11).

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7. Ginger For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger herb
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the herb in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Strain the tea and add honey and lemon juice for flavor.
  3. Sip on this tea while it is still warm.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink 1-2 cups of ginger tea every day.

Why This Works

Ginger detoxifies the blood and has anti-inflammatory effects on scalp psoriasis. It also contains antimicrobial compounds that will prevent infections (12).

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8. Henna For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons organic henna powder
  • 1-1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste by mixing the henna with the oil. Add some water, if required, to adjust the consistency.
  2. Apply this on the scalp patches and let it sit for a few hours.
  3. Rinse it off with shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a month.

Why This Works

The cooling properties of henna can help give relief from the irritation at the affected site. It is also an astringent that can help bring the pH on the scalp under control and heal the patches. Antifungal and antimicrobial compounds are also found in henna (13).

Caution

If you have never used henna on your skin, conduct a patch test to ensure your skin is not allergic to it.

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9. Listerine For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Needs

  • 1/4 cup Listerine
  • 1 cup water

What You Have To Do

  1. After you rinse your hair with shampoo, pour diluted Listerine mouthwash (with water) on the scalp and hair.
  2. Leave it in for 3-4 minutes and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Fungal infections can easily develop along with scalp psoriasis. The antifungal properties of listerine can be used to get rid of this. It will give you relief from the itching sensation too (14).

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you have any open lesions or broken skin on the scalp.

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10. Shea Butter For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

Shea butter

What You Have To Do

  1. Using a double boiler, melt some shea butter.
  2. Apply this on the scalp and massage for a minute or two so that it gets easily absorbed into the scalp.
  3. Keep this on overnight and wash your hair with shampoo in the morning.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Shea butter is full of rich triglycerides (fats) that deeply condition and moisturize the scalp. Dead, flaky skin will be easily shed and the skin will be left supple and hydrated. This butter extracted from the nuts of the shea tree is also rich in vitamin A and vitamin E. It can be used for the treatment of scalp psoriasis and also general psoriasis patches on the rest of the body (15, 16).

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11. Witch Hazel For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel extract
  • 4 tablespoons water

What You Have To Do

  1. Wash your hair with shampoo.
  2. Dilute the witch hazel with water. On the wet scalp, apply this and massage for a minute or two.
  3. Rinse it off after a few minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that are key properties to treat skin conditions like psoriasis (17). Symptoms like itching sensation, flaky skin, and irritation can be reduced to a great extent.

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12. Yogurt For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

1/2 cup plain yogurt

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply the yogurt on the scalp and let it sit for half an hour.
  2. Wash the yogurt off with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once a week.

Why This Works

Yogurt helps to reduce itching by moisturizing the skin. It also exfoliates the dry and dead skin cells from the psoriasis bumps (18).

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[ Read: Treat Psoriasis At Home]

13. Baking Soda For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the baking soda to the water and mix well.
  2. Apply this on the scalp and hair, and let it sit for a minute.
  3. Rinse it off thoroughly.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

The antifungal properties of this powder that is commonly used for baking cakes can help reduce the intensity of the psoriasis patches. It can reduce the inflammation at the affected sites as well (19, 20).

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14. Coal Tar For Scalp Psoriasis

You Will Need

Coal tar shampoo OR coal tar gel

What You Have To Do

Use this product as directed by the manufacturer.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this as often as recommended on the product packaging.

Why This Works

The tar can help slow down the excessive skin cell production that is seen with psoriasis. The scaly texture of the skin will slowly return to normal. It can also give relief from itching and reduce the swelling (21).

Caution

Tar may not suit everybody. It is known to irritate and redden the skin. Conduct a small patch test to ensure your skin is not sensitive/allergic to it before using it for your problem. It is also advised not to step out in the Sun before 20-24 hours after using this remedy as tar makes your skin prone to sunburns.

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15. Dead Sea Salt For Scalp Psoriasis

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon Dead Sea salt
  • 2 cups water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the sea salt in water and pour this over the scalp and hair.
  2. Let this salt water sit on your scalp for a few minutes.
  3. Then, wash it off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

This salt is famous for its beneficial effects for a variety of skin disorders. It is calming and soothing for the itchy and irritated scales of scalp psoriasis (22).

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Scalp psoriasis can be easily managed with these home remedies. Many people across the globe have tried and tested their effects. Keep in mind that no matter what remedy you decide to use, you do not use it on bruised skin or skin lesions. Such small cuts are common when you scratch the psoriasis scalps. It is best to refrain from scratching and make maximum use of these home remedies.

Here are some frequently asked questions about scalp psoriasis answered for you.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is Psoriasis Contagious To Others?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is characterized by the presence of scaly and itchy patches on the skin. It is not contagious! You cannot contract the disease by touching an affected person.

What Vitamins Help Scalp Psoriasis?

Vitamin D has been widely researched for its role in the treatment of scalp psoriasis. It is used both topically and internally to treat the symptoms. This is because of the antiproliferative (stops excess growth of skin cells) and anti-inflammatory properties of this vitamin (23). To know the dosage that suits your condition best, consult your physician.

What Foods To Eat And What Foods To Avoid For Scalp Psoriasis?

Some recommended food items include –

  • Omega-3 fatty acids sources like fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna), olive oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, avocados, and flaxseeds. Fish oil supplements can also be taken for scalp psoriasis treatment.
  • Vegetables like carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, squash, and sweet potatoes
  • Fruits such as mangoes, blueberries, strawberries, figs, and oranges
  • Eggs as they rich in vitamin D
  • White meat, low fat dairy, soy-based products, and legumes

Avoid these food items that are known to be pro-inflammatory –

  • Red meat
  • Processed food
  • Fried and fatty food
  • Dairy products
  • Food high in sugar
  • Nightshade vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers, and tomatoes
  • Gluten-containing items like wheat, barley, and rye

Apart from following these diet recommendations, drink plenty of water every day. Have at least 8 glasses, if not more. This will help in treating scalp psoriasis as your skin stays hydrated from within at all times.

Now that you know how to treat scalp psoriasis at home, you can do away with the strong medications that are generally prescribed by dermatologists to treat the condition. Natural remedies help not only in preventing the symptoms of scalp psoriasis but also benefit every aspect of your health as they do not have any side effects.

The right combination comprises safe home remedies and a healthy diet! Scalp psoriasis will be way more manageable if you keep these two important aspects in mind.

Take care!

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  • Rachel

    Scalp psoriasis, the most annoying condition is not curable. But happy to know atleast there are remedies which can reduce the condition and prevent the flare-ups. Thank you for sharing a good number of remedies that would certainly help those with the condition.