If you’ve never had scalp psoriasis, consider yourself lucky. Having raised, scaly, red patches on the top of your head can drive you mad with the itch, but also the peg to your self-confidence. Having to deal with scalp psoriasis is no small feat, and trying to soothe the terrible itch associated with it is just one aspect to having the chronic skin condition.
Almost as frustrating as the condition itself is finding a shampoo for psoriasis and a conditioner that doesn’t make it more irritated. It can be a game of trial and error, with most of the scores going in the error column, either because nothing improved or because the psoriasis worsened – which has to do with the ingredients, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
So, what do you do? You look to the blossoming natural hair care solutions as much as you can! Chemical concoctions are just not a wise idea and most of the usual shampoo and conditioners you’ll find at your local Target or drugstore all have the worst possible ingredients that will agitate and worsen your scalp psoriasis. So, turning to more natural ingredients can be gentler and more effective. Especially when you invest in Manuka honey in your shampoo.
Let’s help your search by identifying a few of the enemies and allies in psoriasis shampoos!
What to Avoid
When it comes to soaps and shampoos, most commercial products are simply too harsh for the skin. They strip away too much. Your skin, especially your scalp, needs a healthy balance of vital nutrients and oils in order to remain healthy and to keep your psoriasis at bay. Upsetting the balance can make psoriasis worse and we all know how that downward spiral goes! The acid mantle – the thin protective layer at the outside of your skin – can be weakened by strong chemicals in many shampoos, something you may not have realized before.
Here are ingredients to avoid in any shampoo and conditioner, but especially for scalp psoriasis:
- Added fragrance. Any fragrance is always a thumbs down for psoriasis sufferers.
- Propylene glycol. This is the stuff they put in electronic cigarettes. There’s a lot of debate about its effectiveness. Some studies claim it helps with psoriasis, but plenty of people also experience allergic reactions to it on the skin.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. Steer clear because they can irritate your scalp and trigger an even bigger psoriasis flare.
What to Use
There’s no shortage of internal or external factors that can impact your psoriasis negatively. Your shampoo should not be one of them. In order for a shampoo and conditioner to be effective against scalp psoriasis, look for the following:
- Manuka honey. Nature’s wonder skin treatment. So gentle, calming and with amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
- Aloe vera. Renowned for centuries as a soothing, regenerative skin treatment. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
- Cehami flower extract. Sheer relief from the pain and itching because it’s three times more effective than Aspirin as an analgesic.
- pH balanced at 5.5
- Every ingredient explained in plain language.
- Fragrance, dye and preservative free. Don’t risk further damage to your already vulnerable scalp and hair.
When you need relief for your irritated scalp, nature knows best. Now that you know to stay clear of chemical-laden products and turn to a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner made with gentle organic ingredients that really work, your scalp will be on its way to less inflamed, itchy, and more healthy!
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