Do you notice a silvery, scaly buildup on your scalp? Is your scalp itchy most of the time? You may be suffering from scalp psoriasis. This is a skin disease. Psoriasis can affect skin on any part of the body.
Scalp psoriasis or infection causes hair loss due to the continuous scratching of the scalp to ease itching. This damages hair follicles.
This is an autoimmune disease, affecting about 7.6 million Americans, as per a survey.
During cell regeneration, newer cells are produced. Dead cells move towards the surface. This is a gradual process. Eventually, dead cells are shed off. The whole process takes around 30 days.
In case of psoriasis, the process can happen in just a few days.
This is what exactly happens. The infection fastens cell regeneration. Dead cells quickly accumulate on skin surface. Before they get shed, more dead cells come up. As a result, a buildup takes place. Doctors call it plaque.
Psoriasis can happen anywhere on the body, but when it happens on the scalp, you see buildup of silvery flakes. They itch badly. As you scratch (and it’s hard not to), you hurt the skin and follicles present in it. Continuous scratching damages follicles. It badly affects hair health and growth cycle.
Your skin drastically changes when infected. It could be anywhere – scalp, behind ears, back of neck, or forehead.
In case of scalp infection, you may notice:
Your dermatologist can prescribe you appropriate treatment for this skin condition. Meanwhile, you must save your hair.
The American Academy of Dermatology advises against doing certain things when suffering from scalp Psoriasis.
Once your scalp is clean of the infection, it’s wise to keep it well-moisturized and nourished with essential oils and vitamin-fortified shampoos.