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Problematic skin is usually a cause for great concern, and even a slight blemish or breakout on the face can often be quite distressing. Chronically problematic skin, as you can imagine, is double the trouble and distress. Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that is usually marked by flaky or patchy skin, can be extremely difficult to keep under control – especially when it’s affecting your scalp, as that often means it will have an impact on not only your skin but also your hair. Over-the-counter medications don’t always work well for everyone with scalp psoriasis and tend to come with a range of inconveniences and side-effects; while trips to the dermatologist’s office can be excruciatingly expensive and not everyone is able to afford them.
Does the struggle sound familiar? Then take a look at these effective remedies that are easy to access, and will help you to keep your scalp psoriasis under control in no time!
1) Revise your diet.
Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, it needs to be treated from the inside as much as it does from the outside. Internal cleansing, or detox dieting, is a crucial step to take when dealing with scalp psoriasis and it is unlikely that you will reap the full benefits of whatever remedies you’re using externally if you aren’t watching what you eat. Psoriasis is caused when your skin cells shed and multiply at a pace that is much quicker than normal, so cutting down on – or completely eliminating – foods such as dairy, red meats, sugar and anything processed – all of which are known to aggravate inflammation – will help tremendously in keeping your scalp clear and psoriasis-free!
2) Exercise and drink plenty of water.
Exercise is generally considered to be one of the cheapest yet most effective remedies known to man! Its benefits are plenty and go as far as to help your body fight off inflammation and inflammatory diseases. Since exercise serves to strengthen your immune system, your body will naturally begin to regulate any irregularities that are occurring, thus warding off the causes and symptoms of scalp psoriasis. Exercise is also known for its tendency to help us overcome stress and anxiety related issues – which are both equally guilty culprits of scalp psoriasis!
3) Expose yourself to some sun.
Dermatologists and nutritionists have drawn the link between a lack of Vitamin D in the body and psoriasis, stating that the nutrient helps to maintain a normal and healthy immune system. It is no wonder dermatologists use UVA and UVB lighting to treat psoriasis in patients! But you know what would be an easier and cheaper remedy? Sitting in the sun, of course! This summer, try to expose your scalp to 7 – 10 minutes of sunshine every day, and prepare to bid your scalp psoriasis goodbye!
4) Minimise stress and anxiety.
When it comes to psoriasis, nothing will serve to work against you as much as stress and anxiety. No matter your schedule, try to grab at least 10 minutes daily to relieve yourself of tension by meditating and practicing effective relaxation techniques. Make sure you organise your time well and keep a diary – one of the best remedies for overcoming stress and scalp psoriasis!
Scalp psoriasis is often aggravated by dryness and lack of moisture. This is one of the reasons it tends to flare up so much during the winter months. Hopefully, no one will be switching on those darned, drying heaters this summer, so you have a better chance of keeping that moisture you so desperately need! Make sure to always oil your scalp using coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil before washing your hair, and pay very close attention to the harder-to-reach areas such as the back of your scalp and around your hair roots.
6) Homemade hair masks.
Onion juice, garlic extract, apple cider vinegar – you name it; they smell horrid, but they are miraculous remedies for scalp psoriasis! Want a very quick and easy remedy? Massage your entire scalp with coconut oil, wait a few minutes and then spray apple cider vinegar. Make sure to get every inch of your scalp by rubbing it in with your fingertips. Let it settle for about 30 minutes, and wash off. Repeat this procedure every other day, and soon watch your scalp psoriasis disappear before your very eyes! Scalp psoriasis can really take a nasty toll on the health and condition of your hair. Try to incorporate castor oil, raw honey, and egg into your remedies. These will tremendously help your hair to regain its strength, thickness, and vitality.
Scalp psoriasis isn’t completely curable and can be immensely stressful in itself. But with the right remedies and lifestyle choices, you can be sure to keep those pesky symptoms at bay!
What are your tips for dealing with scalp psoriasis? Let us know in the comments below!
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British-Algerian writer & poet, aspiring journalist, history lover, art enthusiast & unicorn.