With so much on your plate each day, it can be difficult to find the time or energy to see a dermatologist, even if your skin is acting up. That said, some skin conditions are so debilitating that avoiding professional help can make it impossible to get anything done.
Like many skin problems, scalp psoriasis can range from mild to severe, so your motivation to seek medical attention may depend on just how bad it is. As a general rule of thumb, though, it’s always a good idea to visit your dermatologist when suffering from a skin ailment, including mild forms of scalp psoriasis.
Here we will go over what scalp psoriasis is, how to take care of it on your own, and how a dermatologist can provide you with the best treatment for your condition.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes rapid skin cell growth. The excess of cells creates scaly, flaky, itchy patches on the skin. While psoriasis can affect any part of the skin, scalp psoriasis (as its name suggests) refers to psoriasis that expresses itself on one’s scalp, as well as other areas of the head such as the forehead, neck, and ears. Like other forms of psoriasis, scalp psoriasis may flare up and calm down sporadically.
Dermatologists still don’t fully understand what lies at the root of scalp psoriasis. However, evidence suggests that immune system malfunction has something to do with it. Essentially, a glitch in one’s immune system can cause white blood cells (the body’s main defenders against foreign substances) to begin attacking healthy skin cells, which triggers the creation of new, healthy skin cells beyond what’s necessary. As more cells are created than the skin can naturally shed, they build up on the surface and lead to those scaly, itchy patches.
The reasons for this white blood cell activity lack a concrete explanation, though genetics seem to play a role. But while scalp psoriasis causes remain a mystery, a number of psoriasis triggers are well-documented. These triggers refer to environmental factors that lead to or worsen psoriasis symptoms, including but not limited to:
Unfortunately, there is no cure for scalp psoriasis (or any kind of psoriasis) as of yet. That said, this condition can be treated in a number of ways to reduce symptoms, minimize flares, and provide relief.
If you’re trying to treat your scalp psoriasis on your own, your results may vary. For starters, the steps you take to mitigate your scalp psoriasis should depend on the severity of your symptoms. For instance, scalp psoriasis home remedies can be helpful when fighting milder forms of scalp psoriasis, but might not do the trick against severe cases. Here are some treatments and lifestyle adjustments you can try to take care of your scalp psoriasis prior to seeing a dermatologist:
As mentioned in the beginning, it’s always best to seek professional medical advice when your skin is acting up. Sure, you can treat your mild to moderate scalp psoriasis at home, but you probably won’t have access to the best treatment for psoriasis until you receive a thorough examination from your dermatologist. Plus, severe scalp psoriasis requires a stronger treatment approach than simply changing your behavior and moisturizing your skin. And finally, your dermatologist can check for and treat other problems related to scalp psoriasis, such as bacterial infections, immune disorders, and more.
So, if you’re looking for the right scalp psoriasis treatment for your needs, talk to your dermatologist. They might suggest/prescribe options such as:
Let the professionals at Premier Dermatology Partners help you take proper care of your scalp psoriasis and any other skin conditions you may have. To learn more about our team and all the services we provide, contact us.