Dealing with psoriasis can be difficult and stressful — but there are ways to manage this autoimmune condition on your own. For example, if you have psoriasis on your scalp, using the right shampoo can make a big difference. According to board-certified hair loss expert Dr. William Yates, with whom Elite Daily spoke for this article, the best shampoos for psoriasis contain salicylic acid or coal tar, so look for products that contain one of those ingredients. Salicylic acid can soften and break down thick patches of psoriasis, while coal tar is useful for people experiencing scalp irritation and itching. Shampoos containing apple cider vinegar can also help soothe inflammation on the scalp, says Dr. Yates, who even makes his own.
Dr. Yates also recommends steering clear of products that contain added fragrance and strong chemicals. He's also "not opposed" to using soothing oils on the scalp that can help calm irritation. And since psoriasis can be triggered by stress, he advises his patients to strive for as healthy and stress-free of a lifestyle as possible.
Below are the best shampoos for scalp psoriasis, all available on Amazon. But if using an over-the-counter shampoo isn't doing enough to alleviate the psoriasis on your scalp, speak with your dermatologist to discuss short-term topical steroids and other treatment options.
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