On Shampoos and Scalp Psoriasis

Shampoo is why I have scalp psoriasis.

I’ve been dealing with scalp psoriasis for several years now, and I hate it. The scales are huge and crusty, and they won’t come off without taking chunks of hair with it.

Over the years, I’ve had psoriasis spread to my ears, right eyebrow, and a few other places. They don’t itch, but they’re unsightly and annoying because they flake off, or start to and then hang. If I try to remove them the skin underneath gets red and irritated.

Some prescription cream took care of a few places for me, but obviously it wouldn’t work on my scalp because my hair is in the way. Shampoo containing coal tar also helped a little bit, but it didn’t permanently make it go away, not to mention the smell was really strong and added about 7 extra minutes onto my shower, so that wasn’t a great solution when I have a max of 8-10 minutes for a shower.

I decided that it was likely exasperrated by stress, which did seem to be the case, as low sleep and extra worrying did seem to coincide with enhanced crustiness at times.

I have really curly hair so extra moisturizing is the only thing that tames frizz. I had been using Tresemme Moisture Rich and Tresemme Luxurious Moisture shampoo and conditioner. It made my curls super soft, smooth, and shiny. Loved it.

For whatever reason though, I got bored and decided to switch back to an old favorite a couple weeks ago, Suave Almond and Shea Butter.

The weirdest thing happened. My psoriasis completely disappeared within 5 days of making the switch. No diet changes, no special creams or other medicated shampoos. Nothing. I just stopped using Tresemme and started using Suave.

So it became apparent to me that something in Tresemme was causing my psoriasis, or at least enhancing it and making it go out of control.

Ultimately, I really wasn’t happy with the switch back to Suave. My confidence in corporations to have my personal best interest at heart when they create products to make themselves money is just really not high, so I’ve been looking for alternative products and brands with all natural ingredients to help not only eliminate waste and reduce the carbon footprint, but also to stop putting harmful chemicals on and in my body.

So I tried Burt’s Bees Extra moisturizing Balboa. My hair felt like silk and I was happy that it was 99.99% all natural.

Happy that is, until my psoriasis came back. And this time there was no stress to accompany it. Ugh. So Suave is the only thing that doesn’t give me psoriasis. Lovely.

I read that sodium bicarbonate, a common ingredient in shampoos, builds up around the roots and can cause blockages and ph imbalances and etc which may be the cause. So maybe that’s to blame? Not sure.

I know I’ve had psoriasis flare-ups while using Suave before, so the results I’m getting now will likely not be a permanent fix. It’s only a matter of time before my scalp reacts negatively to it as well.

So. I decided to quit shampoo altogether and just use water: also known as the ‘No Poo’ method, the results of which I will discuss in a future blog post.

All this to say that if you are dealing with scalp psoriasis, it might do you some good to try switching to a different shampoo.

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