Psoriasis Shampoo For Inflammation, Redness, And Scalp Bumps
Scalp psoriasis is a skin disorder that affects many people. Scalp psoriasis causes red patches, called plaques, to form on the scalp. These patches are irritated, red, and can itch. The plaques are a buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp and the skin cells flake off. White blood cells sent by the immune system cause inflammation and redness of the plaques. Scratching the itchy plaques can cause bumps and sores that can become infected. There are two primary ingredients used in psoriasis shampoos to reduce the inflammation, redness, and scalp bumps caused by psoriasis.
Coal tar is a treatment for psoriasis that has been used for more than a hundred years. Coal tar is a carbonized coal by-product. It helps to slow down the growth of skin cells that cause plaques to form. It also reduced inflammation, thus minimizing redness of the scalp. It can also help reduce the amount of scaling and flaking that occur with scalp psoriasis. Coat tar is used as the active ingredient in
Healthy Hair Plus Psoriasis Shampoo
, and a quick check of the label will state that the product includes coal tar. Some people don’t like the odor of coal tar, or the mess that can occur as a result of the color of the product, but it has been proven to be very effective for treating the symptoms of scalp psoriasis. It can make people extra sensitive to light, so avoid the sun or strong indoor lighting for a few hours after using a shampoo containing coal tar.
Salicylic acid is another ingredient commonly used in a
scalp psoriasis shampoo
. It is helpful for treating scalp psoriasis because it increases the amount of moisture in the skin, which helps to soothe inflammation and redness of the scalp. It also aids in dissolving the substances that cause the skin cells to stick together, making it easier for the plaques to shed the buildup of skin cells. This will reduce the size of the scalp bumps and help prevent new ones from forming. Although shampoos with salicylic acid contain only small amounts of the acid, some people experience redness or sensitivity to the product. If irritation occurs, you should discontinue use of the product. Shampoos containing salicylic acid also contain other ingredients that are helpful in soothing the scalp, preventing irritation or inflammation.
Other Ingredients in Psoriasis Shampoos
While coal tar and salicylic acid are the primary ingredients in most psoriasis shampoos, there are other ingredients in some that are helpful in treating scalp psoriasis. Zinc pyrithione (Zinc PCA) is an ingredient that helps to break down the buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp. Zinc pyrithione is gentler than salicylic acid, and can be used by people who have a mild case of scalp psoriasis. Shampoos containing tea tree oil are also helpful for people who have mild cases of scalp psoriasis. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic qualities, which can help reduce infection caused by scratching the plaques. The oil also acts as a moisturizer to soothe inflammation, scalp bumps and reduce redness.