Effective Shampoos For Your Psoriasis
Having psoriasis myself and suffering from scalp psoriasis flare ups for over 20 years is a real annoyance and a royal pain in the, you know what. I know many of you wonder if shampoo for psoriasis really works. Are they worth all that money you are going to have to pay for them? The answer is yes?
None of us enjoy having this nasty skin disorder. What we like less, is going to work or out in public and having lesions people can see or having an itchy scratchy scalp and hoping we don’t scratch without thinking to stop and end then, end up leaving scales all over our clothes. This is bad and none of us look forward to this happening to us. So again, the answer is yes! These shampoos for psoriasis are worth it.
Allow me to go through some of the top brands. More importantly brands that work and see if we can answer some of your questions and put your mind at ease about the pros and cons of psoriasis shampoos.
In general, if you haven’t figured out yet, us sufferers of psoriasis should be discreet in all of our toiletries everything from soap, shampoo and perfumes can be detrimental to our healing process or an occurrence of a flare up, depending on you personal case.
Coal Tar Shampoos:
Most of the over the counter (OTC) psoriasis shampoos are going to contain coal tar (coal Tar and Pine Tar). This is a popular treatment for scalp psoriasis. Some of the best shampoos for psoriasis are: Mig 217 Psoriasis Shampoo, Psoritrix 5% tar Shampoo, DHS Tar Shampoo, Grandpas’ Pine Tar Shampoo.
There is also body soap for psoriasis or coal tar soap available for your skin that works very well like Grandpas’ Pin Tar Soap, Grandpas Pine Tar body gel soap (works good with a soft lofa), Black Tar Soap and Adovia Sea Salt soap. To name a few bar soaps that work well on maintaining moisture in your skin.
If you don’t know where to get these products for your psoriasis you can find all of them online here. Just copy and paste any of the products names we discussed in the search bar and you will find what you are looking for. Hope this helps.
Salicylic Acid Shampoos:
If you have tried the tar brands and this is not your type of shampoo then there are the ones with the active Ingredient is Salicylic Acid. They give strong relief from itching and are an effective control of crusting, scaling and flaking. These types are: Dermerest Shampoo and conditioner, TriDerma Psoriasis Shampoo, etc. Look for the 3% Salicylic Acid products
Note: Knowing a little about this disorder myself. What we are trying to do (skin or scalp) is, we want to get rid of the plague first and get to smooth, healthier skin and then maintain the moisture, to keep our skin looking healthy. With that in mind the shampoos with salicylic acid (a scale lifting medicine) should be used first. Then maintain with the coal tar (moisturizing medicine) shampoos. This works best for me, I hate to tell you to get two different kinds of shampoo but if it works, then it works and that is what matters the most.
You shampoo with this product leave in you hair for eight to ten minutes then rinse out. This will leave your hair clean, not greasy but some of these products do not smell the best. After shampooing you can, as I do sometimes, a low fragrance but nicer smelling conditioner.
Once your flare up has gone away you should stop using you shampoo for psoriasis and go back to your regular shampoo with conditioner or a regular dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders, Selson Blue, etc. 2-3 times a week after you have your scalp psoriasis under control.
For cases of severe scalp psoriasis again consult your physician. They will probably suggest this, it is a psoriasis topical treatment, Clobex shampoo for your scalp condition. This is a prescription psoriasis treatment shampoo that can only be obtained from your Dr. or Dermatologist. Clobex shampoo contains clobetasol propionate, which is a very strong steroid medication.
Bottom line, what we all want is to be “Psoriasis free For Life”! Using a shampoo for psoriasis and all of these products, unfortunately is a necessity at this point in our life but, how do we change that? Please read more…