27 Jun 15:50
My first psoriasis began in my scalp about a year ago and had since spread to my back. No progress managing it yet. Is it better to try to remove the layers of plaque or leave them alone?
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27 Jun 17:01
Jean, you can remove them but you need to soften them first otherwise you might tear hair out. I use almond oil warmed up and rubbed well in then left to soak for and hour or two then washed out. Do this a few times over two or three days and the plaques will soften and come out when you wash and brush your hair. Others use different oils but the principle is the same, soften the plaques first.
27 Jun 17:30
I have scalp psoriasis as well. I was prescribed with scalp oil from my dermatologist and was given instructions to apply them in scalp then Cover with plastic cap. Minimum says 4 hours but I leave them overnight. I shampoo and style but I still get the flakes. I’ve also tried, olive oil, coconut oil and tea tree oil mix trim up and the same in my scalp, overnight. Shampoo, in the morning. I still get same result though. Get flakes but it helps it minimize the flare up and makes your hair softer and healthier... James I will check out the almond oil. 🤓
27 Jun 17:37
It won't stop the flakes unfortunately, it's simple to get rid of the plaque the flakes form if left untouched. Washing regularly with T-Gel shampoo helps some people but I'm sure others might know even better things. Lemons seem to be helping in all sorts of ways and I do wonder if, after the plaque is dealt with, a regular soak in pure lemon juice might help.
27 Jun 17:40
Lemon juice.. I’ll try that too! Thanks!
27 Jun 18:42
Welcome to Flaym, Jean! Sometimes it can just spread like wildfire... other time it just stays in the same places for ages! It's hard when your back is covered in psoriasis as it is hard to reach and moisturise / treat. I used to scratch at the plaque and it would peel, but now I don't do that at all. I'd been trying to stop for a long time (well 2 decades) but actually it was my dermatologist saying about psoriasis being like an injury to the skin that made me stop and think "I am injuring it even more when I pick it...". That was the change, right there.
30 Jun 11:07
I wish I'd never begun picking at my scalp, because the habit's difficult to stop, and I end up pulling up scabs, then more sores.... I AM trying, though, and what others said about applying oil does help. I've just discovered that adding a drop each frankincense and myrrh to a couple drops of oil (I use grapeseed) really helps with the itch - which, in turn, is helping me to leave my scalp long enough to help it heal. I have a few patches of psoriasis on my back which, thankfully, don't seem to itch as much. Or perhaps they itch less because I can't get at them with my nails?
30 Jun 14:09
I'm glad you've found something that helps you with the itch.
30 Jun 14:21
Yes, Bev, and I FiNaLLy took Clint's advice this morning and applied lemon to my most aggravating spots. It's been about an hour now - NO ITCHING!!!! So excited - and grateful that God led me to this forum. I'm learning things here I haven't read before, and I've been scouring the Internet for the past two years!
01 Jul 07:34
Absolutely Jean. Try coconut oil on your patches for a while. Then give the skin a good scrub to remove scales. Works well well on scalp too.
01 Jul 11:33
That's such good news Ava Lemon is amazing!
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