Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but when it forms on the scalp it is referred to as scalp psoriasis. The name can be a bit misleading. Scalp psoriasis can actually extend past the scalp onto the forehead, back of the neck, and behind the ears. Scalp psoriasis may appear as:
- Reddish patches on the scalp that can become thick and inflamed
- Dandruff-like flaking or sales that are usually silvery in color
- Dry scalp that may include skin cracks and bleeding
- Itchy scalp that can vary from minimal to severe and life-disrupting
- Burning sensation
- Temporary hair loss
Regardless of where psoriasis forms, the cause is the same. Psoriasis develops when a person’s immune system has faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. New skin cells form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells. The skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin, causing patches of psoriasis to appear.
Scalp psoriasis can be a source of discomfort, embarrassment or even depression for some individuals. If you suffer from scalp psoriasis, the board-certified dermatologists at Forefront Dermatology are here to help. There are many safe and effective treatments available. Treatment will be determined by your dermatologist based on your current condition. Treatments options may include:
- Medicine applied to the scalp
- Medicated shampoos
- Scale softeners
- Light treatments
- Biologic therapies
If you are suffering from psoriasis and looking for help, our team of skin care experts is here to help. Find a location near you today to schedule your appointment.