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Scalp Psoriasis and Natural Hair: What Worked For Me and What Didn’t

• Jul 16, 2012

By Christina of The Mane Objective

Scalp challenges go far beyond dandruff and excess oil. There are some scalp conditions that require medical attention and regular treatments and if left uncared for, can result in hair loss and damage. Not to mention, they can be unsightly, embarrassing, and carry self-esteem crushing social stigmas. Three of the most common scalp conditions are psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis. I suffer from psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a non-contagious, auto-immune condition characterized by skin redness and irritation .With psoriasis, the skin growth/regeneration process is accelerated, causing scaly plaques of skin to surface rapidly. Psoriasis can be aggravated by stress, fragrant lotions/sprays/body washes, alcohol consumption, dry skin, and injuries to the skin. There is no cure for psoriasis, only various medications and treatments to help those with it cope.

During my 10th grade year in high school, my dermatologist diagnosed me with psoriasis. I remember being frustrated, confused, sad, and ashamed, among other things. Being in high school was hard enough —  but now I’ve got to walk around with red flaky scales all over my body, and in my hair, like some kind of contagious freak. Even as an adult, dealing with flaky scalp (Black shirt? No thank you!) and skin scales has been difficult and at times, embarrassing. But as time ticked along, I began to accept my psoriasis and learned how to effectively cope with it on my skin. Wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants was inconvenient, but simple. The challenge? Trying to camouflage scalp scales, or even better — get them to go away.

Over the past twelve years that I’ve dealt with psoriasis, I have tried a number of remedies that didn’t work at all, worked but wrecked my hair, or worked well but required regular upkeep. Having psoriasis presents a particular set of challenges to sufferers:

  • Frequent flaking makes wearing scalp-showing styles embarrassing (no cornrows or braids).
  • Scales surface quickly (every 3–4 days), requiring frequent washing/lifting from scalp, which leads to high manipulation, and drying of hair.
  • Scales are itchy, and frequent scratching lends itself to damaging skin, making sufferers more prone to infections (and hair loss at site of infection).
  • Frequent scale removal increases hair loss (because strands of hair become caught in the flaking skin).
  • Straightened styles (i.e. flat iron or blowout) last no more than a week, because of flaking.
  • Psoriasis adapts to treatments quickly, which requires a rotation of products to maintain effectiveness.
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    There are a lot of products out there that claim to provide relief from psoriasis. Let’s explore them — breaking down the good, the bad, and the overall effectiveness.

    Solution 1: Coal Tar & Salicylic Acid Shampoos

    Needless to say, Head & Shoulders isn’t going to do the trick. Coal tar and salicylic acid are two additives to shampoos like Neutrogena T-Gel and T-Sal that are believed to help psoriasis sufferers. Coal tar extract is dark brown in color, and is a byproduct of the coal carbonization process. Coal tar works topically, slowing the growth of skin cells and helping to reduce inflammation. Salicylic acid (yes, the same product in acne/blackhead face washes) also works topically, helping to remove the thick layers of dead skin from psoriatic plaques, which allows other medications and treatments to penetrate the skin more effectively. Both coal tar and salicylic acid are effective, but have long-term implications. Frequent use renders them less effective. In fact, it is recommended that psoriasis sufferers alternate between the two shampoos. Unfortunately, all coal tar and salicylic acid shampoos contain sulfates, which are drying to the hair and can lead to breakage. Also, frequent washing (which is necessary for sufferers) leads to increased (and sometimes premature) hair loss.

    Solution 2: Clobetasol Propionate Foam (Clobex, Rx Only)

    Clobetasol Propionate is a corticosteroid available in an array of forms (ointment, gel, etc.) but for the scalp, most doctors prescribe it in foam form. It is a very strong steroid, and is not recommended for use beyond two weeks. It is effective in reducing plaques and inflammation, but has a laundry list of potential side effects. Not only is the foam solution in alcohol (yes, the drying kind that we run away from), but it can cause allergic contact dermatitis, burning, cracking, dryness, folliculitis, hair loss, hyperpigmentation, itching, finger numbness, skin atrophy, and more. I would stay away from this, unless you are desperate for relief and are all out of options. My dermatologist prescribed this to me at the beginning of the year, and I have yet to touch the stuff.

    Solution 3: Tea Tree Oil

    Tea Tree Oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal natural oil believed to help psoriasis sufferers. In truth, it is excellent for keeping the scalp clear and preventing infection (from frequent scratching/itching), but does nothing to relieve the psoriasis itself. Shampoos containing tea tree oil are often ineffective, have nominal amounts of tea tree oil (they mislead you by adding peppermint oil or menthol for scent/that tingly feeling), and can contain sulfates. Tea tree oil is most effective purchased in pure 100% concentration, and a few drops can go a long way. It is best used in a mixture with coconut oil, and applied directly to the scalp.

    Solution 4: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo

    This shampoo has been a godsend. It is all natural and sulfate free. The black soap and plantain enzymes definitely provide relief in terms of reducing itching and inflammation, much like coal tar. The willow bark extract has the same exfoliating effect as salicylic acid, and the tea tree oil provides that necessary anti-bacterial/anti-fungal layer of protection. It is an excellent all-natural alternative to the sulfated shampoos. It does not dry out or irritate the scalp, but does have a clarifying effect on the hair. It performs best in conjunction with the accompanying African Black Soap Purifying Masque. However, much like any psoriasis treatment, it requires regular use and rotation. It will not make psoriasis disappear, but will provide noticeable relief.

    Solution 5: Henna

    Oh lawsonia inermis, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Back in January, I began a quest to strengthen and thicken my hair and discovered henna. My hair was thinner than normal, and weak/brittle from frequent manipulation due to psoriasis. At the time, I wasn’t thinking about relief from psoriasis – but rather a solution to make my hair more resilient. I sauntered down to Whole Foods and purchased my first of many boxes of Light Mountain Red Henna (I know it’s not the fancy online herbal mystic brand, but it IS 100% lawsonia inermis and that is good enough for me).  I did a four hour treatment of henna, water, and coconut oil, and was in for the surprise of my life. After washing out the henna with the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo, I discovered my scalp was completely clear. Like, I could part my hair clear. I figured it was an anomaly, and that the shampoo was just working really well that day. Weeks later, my scalp was still clear. After about a month, I experienced some slight itching towards the nape, and felt a few small flakes. So I henna’d again, and it went away. Twice is nice, but the 3rd time is the charm. After my March henna treatment, I realized that this plant was providing something I hadn’t had in YEARS – a clean scalp. There isn’t a lot of research on henna, nor a solid explanation for why (beyond it carrying anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties, and that is irrelevant for psoriasis) – but for me, the proof is in the pudding. Henna smells awful (although creating a henna mix with a yummy smelling conditioner does help), and is incredibly messy, but I am committed to monthly treatments at the beginning of every month. I am on month 7 of henna treatments, and I will continue them until it becomes ineffective.

    Hopefully, this helps provide some relief and sheds some light on alternative treatments for psoriasis. It is difficult to deal with, and a definite hurdle in the race for healthy hair. Over 6 million people in the US suffer with it, and every little bit of information helps. Pass this on to someone you know.

    About Christina Patrice

    Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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    205 Comments on "Scalp Psoriasis and Natural Hair: What Worked For Me and What Didn’t"

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    Dee
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    That image made me itch.

    Alisha
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    Me, too. 🙁

    Tuesday
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    Ugh… same here =/

    au napptural
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    Me as well. They should’ve done a stock photo of a girl scratching her head and left it at that.

    K1908
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    Me too. My scalp and face are itchy!!! Oh lawd…

    anastasia
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    +1000…All I could do ‚after the itchy feeling of course, is shake my head and say, “Awww, poor thing”.

    Janae
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    Yea that was pretty nasty. I have never seen anything like that.

    Laila
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    put a trigger warning on that or something. I have skin problems and images of skin problems without warning set me off.

    the info is great though

    Princesssookeh
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    Neither have I; this is downright scary. I feel for anyone that has this.

    Amma Mama
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    same

    sandra
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    gagged a lil but kept scrolling back up to look at it. damn thats tough and thats coming from a person who had folliculitis that is just barely under control.

    Cassandra
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    Sandra,

    I have a very close family member that suffers from folliculitis, and has been for nearly a decade. I think he has tried every medicine and natural remedy, what have you used that youve found successful? Any help is appreciated.

    thanks,
    Cassandra

    Eman
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    Hi.…Iam suffering out of this skin ailment..At very beginning when I started getting, I immediately undergone with the Ayurvedi treatment and just kept me cooool always (no stress)…It has been cured in 7 months and doctor suggested me to have the medicine continously for 3 years atleast to not get that problem in future..Tat works..happily sharing this information to you…

    Princesssookeh
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    Me too. I just suffered the WebMD effect and rushed to my mom to make sure that this wasn’t what I had. I didn’t(thank god!)

    AJ
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    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this post. I suffer with a combination of scalp psoriasis and seborreheic dermatitis. Believe me, it’s not as fun as it sounds. 🙂 lol I really appreciate this post because I am always looking for new things to try and help me rotate my products so thank you for this! I also have tried coconut oil on my scalp as a pre poo and that seems to REALLY help a lot so that may help as well. 🙂

    Alisha
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    I find coconut oil helps me, too.

    Janae
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    Yes coconut oil works wonders!

    Coily Africana
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    For now coconut oil works for me, but one thing that is in constant rotation is Black soap. next i want to try neem oil.

    Kels
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    I have seborreheic dermatitis for about a year. I tried anti dandruff shampoos but they didn’t work. My scalp remained red and weepy. What worked for me was using all natural products.I used various organic shampoos and I kept may scalp lubricated with coconut oil. After about 3 months, the dematitis patches began to get smaller and smaller and my scalp began to stop weeping. And then after about ten months, they completely disappeared.

    John Davidson
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    Can I recommend you find an SLS free shampoo, you can read about the type of cleanser you should be looking for at http://www.skinsalveation.com, then might find something equivalent in the US.

    Alisha
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    This was super informative! I have dealt with seborric dermatitis since high school, and while it comes and goes, it is annoying. I just discovered Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo, and I love it. I had been using the T-Gel, but it’s sooo drying. Now my hair is soft and easier to detangle with the Shea. Plus, I HATE the smell of the T-Gel… So medicinal.

    Shanese
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    I have that too and I have been shampooing with medicated head and shoulders. I just might try Shea Moistures African Black Soap Shampoo. I currently have another bottle of their shampoo too to wash after I use head and shoulders (its so drying!) thanks!

    Akilah
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    What was the consistency of henna to coconut oil/water?

    Cee Mac
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    Awesome! I deal with eczema and it aint pretty either. I’ve used the T-gel (dried out hair and left it matted), the clobetasol and my it definitely cleared out my really flaky scalp but I started getting headaches. I’ve also used tea tree oil concentrated form mixed with 100% eucalyptus oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil but I don’t know if that worked. My scalp was really itchy and I had small flakes. So I found out about Dandruff Eeze scalp treatment through a friend and it definitely does the job! No more itch and flakes and I’ve been using… Read more »
    Nisha
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    I have scalp psoriasis too and it’s horrible. I am using the Shea Moisture Black Soap Shampoo. And you’re so right, it definitely works better with the black soap mask. I decided to switch around and use the gold label mask instead and it’s not the same. And don’t get me started on cornrows. After a couple of days, I had to take those suckers down. My scalp was loaded with those crusty ass scales. I have to check out these other treatments. Great post!

    Uh
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    That picture is so gross.

    Vonnie
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    It may not be appealing but for some people its an everyday reality.

    KH
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    It would be nice if some people would really think before they comment. Yes it might not be a pic of the healthy scalps and hair you are accustomed to seeing but do you not think the lady knows this? She lives with it like many others. It affects a person emotionally and impairs physically until they can reach a treatment plan that actually works. Be sensitive or bypass a post that is similar next time.

    PMS
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    This is the Internet. People can post what they want. You can’t tell a person how to feel about a picture just like I can’t tell you how to feel about this post. The scalp does look gross, unhealthy in fact.

    T.
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    Well, it looks unhealthy because it’s a picture of a skin ailment; it’s a photo of skin that is, by definition, not healthy. That’s kind of the point of the photo, to illustrate what psoriasis can look like.

    Jo
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    Where is the compassion?THis article is to help people not to make people feel good.I understand your are entitled to your oPinion but a bit of tact would go a long way.

    Mimi
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    You sound so childish. We KNOW it’s the internet ffs. It’s counter productive to tell people with a different opinion than yours not to have an opinion because You don’t agree with it.

    goyta
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    and it could be yours. think about that next time, will you?

    Lanie
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    I understand what you’re saying and do believe that articles like this are important, but I just ate some icecream and that picture literally made me throw up. A little warning would have been nice or maybe placing the picture under the cut. Something that gave me the option of not seeing it.

    There are many ailments that people suffer from, my reacting to a photo doesn’t mean that I don’t sympathize with them. It means I have a weak stomach and I do.

    Landry
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    I just winced looking at that photo! My little sister suffered with eczema as a child and it has gotten better with age. She would often scratch her skin raw because of the itchiness.

    sarah
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    I’m so glad this was posted at lunchtime (-_-)

    Igbomaiden
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    a little sensitivity ladies! anyways back to the topic; I think you should try palm kernel oil hot oil treatment for your scalp. Plam kernel has strong anti bacterial/ anti fungal properties and is a popular trad treatment for skin disorders among the igbos of Nigeria.

    Natural cleansers like shikakai, ritha nuts, tulsi, african balck soap, fullers earth… may also provide relief.Commercial shampoos can be drying and irritating for the scalp.

    You should also up your intake of good fat like fish, eggs, sea food, nuts, coconut and palm oil.

    That’s all i’ve got. I really hope this helps.:)

    Coily Africana
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    I will give it a try, though it being hot is not advisable, as that will surely cause a flareup

    Pat
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    Thanks for this post! I have eczema nearly all my life. I’ve learned that henna is great for my hair and scalp. No shampoo for me anymore.

    Articles like these are mostly illustrated with pictures of someone with healthy skin. I have always wondered why.

    Caribbelle
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    Henna has been my saving grace, and its the main reason I use it. I have seborric dermatitis and its been a pain in the behind for the past 10 years. I noticed about a year or two ago that henna was the only product that actually helped my scalp over long periods of time. The mess of the application is soo worth it. I don’t have to manipulate and damage my hair like I used to just to clean my scalp. The neutrogena T-gel was a temporary fix and it always dried my hair out terribly. Now I use… Read more »
    Caribbelle
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    seborrheic dermatitis**

    Ola
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    @caribbelle , what do you do to your hair in between henna washes? Do you shampoo or co wash and if so, what kind of shampoo or conditioner wash do you use? Thank you.

    jasmine
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    I suffer from psoriasis and eczema, and I get them were exactly where the picture shows, around my hairline, brows and the corners of my nose. I use to use castor oil, but it took a few days to work. I started using vegetable glycerine and love it; overnight the psoriasis and eczema disappeared. For most of my 40 odd years, my legs looked like fish scales; I was ashamed to wear shorts or short shirts, so I would wear them at nights, but just after a week of using vegetable glycerine after I showered, my skin made a drastic… Read more »
    Roz
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    Jasmine is right! Doctor say i have psoriasis/seborric dermatitis started after college. hairline, eyebrows, forehead…last week i was on a site and they were talking about glycerine/vegetable glycerine i found glycerine on the first-aide aisle in Walmart for 3.99. I use the one part glycerine to 2 parts water method in a spray bottle, I wash my hair, part it and spray the water glycerine mix right on the scalp. So far so good i have NOT seen a flake yet.! For legs, elbows etc that stay dry… pour the glycerine right from the bottle rub it on like lotion… Read more »
    Coily Africana
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    I have seborrheic dermatitis/psoriasis on my scalp/face/ears and just psoriasis on my body. A few months ago I added quite a bit of vegetable glycerine into my neutrogena body cream and my skin has been so good but I never thought to try it on my scalp. But i do know henna is fantastic and I always use African black soap for my scalp.

    APM
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    HOPE THIS HELPS!! I also suffer from psoriasis and I am not a very DIY girl (lol), I have had truly AMAZING success with products from LUSH Cosmetics. Ill include the links to products below in the order that I use them. In a month my I saw a decrease in the dryness, itch and flakes that I have dealt with most of my life. Their products are ecofriendly, vegan, organic, etc. , totally worth checking out. Some people are bothered by the scents of these products BUT they don’t bother me at all. These products aren’t that cheap BUT… Read more »
    Candice
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    I worked at the Body Shop a while ago, and a man with psoriasis SWORE by hemp oil. I know hemp oil is the closest oil to what’s naturally produced by your skin. Hope you ladies get some relief.

    Nikki
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    I WISH I KNEW YOU SO I COULD GIVE YOU A BIG HUG AND KISS!!!! YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER. I’LL BE GOING TO WHOLE FOODS TOMORROW. THANK, THANK, THANK YOU 🙂

    Ana
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    Oh my gosh!! *bookmarking*

    I cannot wait to henna my hair!!!!!!
    I’m not even gona talk about how bad my psoriasis/dandruff has been
    sigh if this works..
    I will be so happy.

    Sophie Ann
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    The henna treatment that I did on my hair actually helped a lot with my dandruff also. I haven’t officially been diagnosed with scalp psoriasis, and looking at that picture and some that I saw on google, I don’t think I have it; but I do have TERRIBLE dandruff. The kind that comes back a few hours after shampooing and conditioning… It makes me miserable sometimes.. T-Gel, Head & Shoulders and all that stuff doesn’t do squat for me… My dandruff comes back as soon as the water dries off my hair. After I did my henna treatment last month,… Read more »
    Nikki
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    Hi Sophie, are there directions on how to apply Henna? I’ve never used it but I absolutely need to in order to calm these huge flakes down.

    Gabriella
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    I have suffered with an itchy scalp and bald spots for years. After googling I never really found out what was the cause but I heard about henna. I’ve finnaly found a supplier so I’m hoping to apply it this weekend. I really want the itching to go away!!!

    Curly cuban
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    I was diagnosed with serreboric dermatitis in my 30s an used prescription shampoos and sulfate laden products for over 10 yrs but the problem didn’t go away… 8 months ago I got fed up and started all natural remedy of oils; I use tea tree, rosemary, coconut, olive, veg glycerin, avocado, jojoba, vitamin e oil, and castor RELIGIOUSLY every week. I leave it in 1–2 hours or even over night if i have time. I also use henna once a month mixed with amla and I have noticed a 1000% improvement in my scalp and hair. Where before my scalp… Read more »
    Suzie
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    Join the discussion Curly, please how did you mix the henna? Where do I get the Henna, and what else do I put with the Henna?

    Shayla
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    That picture ruined my night. YUCK!!! Could you guys have found something a little less gag worthy??

    Nikki
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    Um… the article is about psoriasis. They provided a pic of psoriasis. It is a skin condition. What else would they provide in its place? A picture that is not of psoriasis. This is what it looks like.

    Jo
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    I’m sorry you feel this way however truth can be uncomfortable and for some this is what try live with so a bit of encouragement would be helpful.it’s important to have articles like this it can’t always be roses.

    Kamaria
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    Thank you for this article . Actually my mother suffer from psoriasis since many years ago hair also the body.
    Her head is often bleeds and it prevents her hair from growing.
    We live in France and here doctor advice her natural product olive oil,and many product But it does not last long time
    I will try to order this product and hope it will be good for her.

    Olivia Watper
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    My uncle have a psoriasis too and he told me that there are only few things he take and even things to put over his skin. The first one is a petroleum jelly which makes his skin more smoother than ever before and an organic lotion. The one he drinks is a tulsi tea which he got from India from http://organicindia.mercola.com/tulsi-tea.aspx and he told me thse are the thing I should use and drink if ever in the future, I’ll have a skin disease(hoping not).

    Jasminicole
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    Praise GOD for Henna! I’m going to go get some tonight! I have actually been staying away from it since i haven’t desired to color my hair(but psoriasis AIN’T cute!!) So that and Shea Moistures African Black Soap Shampoo i’m getting tonight!- but Christina, how do you combine the henna & the coconut oil? is it required?

    kai
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    that picture made me say “Ew!” outloud…

    Simone
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    I have literally run out of options for my seborrheic dermatitis, sometimes I can’t even bare to look at my own scalp because as the author said it, “can be unsightly”. I might just have to try Henna, what else is there to do?

    Ray
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    This picture made my stomach turn sooo bad

    Ashley HAggerty
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    Laurie
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    Please, next time showing a picture of this sort… try to put a warning or simply choose a more appropriate one. Thank you

    LaMetria Dunn
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    Why do they need to put out a warning?? The article is about scalp psoriasis…the lady in the picture has scalp psoriasis. Nobody told you to click on the article, maybe you should be more sensitive to the people that are actually going through this.

    Donna Palmer
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    I’m can’t believe that more people haven’t heard of emu oil! It is almost a miracle anti-inflammatory! There’s a lot of info on it… it’s used to RAPID healing. It’s not that hard to find either. There’s an article about it at http://howtostophairlossforwomen.com

    lisa
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    I didnt need to see thay pic.…no wim itching like a motha

    cygnet
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    To the offended and the non-empathetic: If the back of your head looked like that because of something you suffered, which would concern you more, the aesthetics of a photograph or the help being offered by the article to which the photo was attached?

    Any more appropriate, the person would have had a head full of scales and no hair to cover it.

    The article is about psoriasis. The picture shows psoriasis.

    Appropriate. Absolutely.

    Sometimes life is ugly. Squeamishness is often NOT the appropriate response. Compassion, now, THAT’s appropriate.

    goyta
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    thanks cygnet. i can’t believe how insensitive a lot of the people are being here. i think this is one of the most useful articles here, and i’m glad it was posted. my husband has scalp psoriasis and it seems to be a neverending battle with it.. i gave up on it for a time, because he wasn’t being consistent with using his shampoo and now his condition has gotten worse. it’s spread and i don’t know what to do. he can be self-conscious about it sometimes, but thankfully he has a head full of very thick hair that makes… Read more »
    Stephanie
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    I have scalp psoriasis and I use a mixture of water and witch hazel (like 3 parts water 1 part witch hazel) in a spray bottle and spray it on the scalp and let it sit for about 15 minutes or so. It does a great job of softening the scabs. I doesn’t have any long-lasting effects but it makes it easier to get the scabs off of my scalp when washing without too much scratching. As far as the ppl that are offended by the pic stop complaining b/c the people that suffer from psoriasis have to look at… Read more »
    Vesta
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    I am a newbie blogger from London on my hair journey and i found this as a huge blessing. My GP gave me Nizarol and the itch has gone down but the flakes keep coming so I am going to rotate the medicated shampoos. I am so subsribed now…thank you!

    MizCriz
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    I have sebhorreic dermatitis on my scalp that is under reasonable control now, but could get worse at any time. I also have terrible eczema on my arms and legs. I will definitely try vegetable glycerin for the eczema. I have locs and would like to try henna and the Shea Moisture African Black Soap shampoo, but I worry that they might loosen my locs? I hear henna does that sometimes. I started my locs two years ago and they have only just reached maturity in the last few months, so I’d hate for them to unravel. Does anybody know?… Read more »
    Aja
    Guest

    I suffer from Sebo PsoraisIs and have found complete relief from Nizoral. I used it daily for about a week and would leave it on minutes at a time. Now I just use it occasionally when I feel the itch. Definitely worth trying. Cleared the nasty flaking, and itchiness, also cleared what effects I had on my eyebrows just from the rinsing of the shampoo.

    C Knight
    Guest

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the article 🙂 I’ve never tried Henna, but I’m gonna have to give it a try now … Can someone please share their Henna recipe and process? I think I would prefer a Henna that I can easily purchase (i.e. Whole Foods, as opposed to getting it on the internet) … Thanks in advance.

    Tise
    Guest
    I had something similar to this on my scalp and was the very reason that I went natural. Fast forward…I NO LONGER HAVE THIS. It’s been gone for over 2 years. I tried everything under the sun, the medication, shower filters, washing my hair every 3 days. I’m not sure what worked for me exactly, but I think it was a combination of NOT using shampoos/conditioners/stylers with sulfates, and chemicals in them I couldn’t pronounce, and also doing a ‘scrub’ with a paste of baking soda and water, and following up with an ACV wash. It WORKED miracles. I have… Read more »
    Aye
    Guest

    THAT PIC WAS FUCKING GROSS. SORRY FOR YOUR AILMENT, BUT DAMN. CAN I BE GROSSED OUT? JEEZ. I DON’T KNOW WHY PEOPLE ARE SO OFFENDED.

    Gabriella
    Guest
    I hope you and every one else whose stomach was “turned” seeing that picture stay healthy for the rest of your lives and never ever get sick!! Gone was a time when people would have courtesy (The showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others) and tact (a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense)and empathy. Empathy is the capacity to recognize feelings that are being experienced by another. Ladies how hard and unfeeling you have become!! You are no longer deserving of being called a lady because you all can’t even feel… Read more »
    Janae
    Guest

    How dare you say somebody does not have the right to be called a lady? Who gave you that honor? People have natural feelings and have the right to express them. Everyone has and will get sick and you don’t want to hear the nasty details of someone’s sickness! Get a life!

    goyta
    Guest

    wow. what a disrespectful attitude. how insensitive and full of cruelty. good thing you’ll never have to live with psoriasis, because i have a feeling that if you only knew what people with psoriasis go through you wouldn’t be so callous as you are now. oh and for the record, i second gabrielle’s opinion.

    Linda
    Guest

    great article! because both my boyfriend and myself suffer from this condition pretty bad; his condition shows more because he is very light. also, does it matter which henna is used red, black or brown?

    Gabriella
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    I have suffered with scalp psoriasis for years. It is actually responsible for the severe hair loss I have experienced over the last few years. The scales can weaken and thin the hair at the root. Also removing the scales can lead to hair loss. FINALLY after years of experimenting I have found what WORKS FOR ME consistently. I use Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil ( both purchased from Whole Foods) . Along with a Fish oil supplement, Evening Primrose supplement, and a multi vitamin. I purchase the supplements from Whole Foods as well. This is the first time… Read more »
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    I am glad that you found what works for you. Just having an itchy scalp is bad enough for me, so I can’t imagine what you go through.

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    Yeah it’s tough I have thought about shaving my hair all off several times!

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    Will any of these work well for Caucasian skin/scalp? Like the African Black Soap Shampoo or the henna? Or are these formulated just for black skin type?

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    You should be able to use the Black Soap Shampoo I don’t think it mattters if you are caucasian or not. Shampoo is shampoo as long as it is not drying that is not good for anyone’s hair. What I have found to help me is aloe vera gel ( pure from Whole Foods) and taking fish oil and evening primrose supplements. I put the Aloe Vera gel in an applicator bottle I purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply Store and apply it straight to my scalp. Hope this helps! Good Luck 🙂

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    Hi Everyone, I’m truly grateful to read this article and the many responses. I’d like to share some of my experiences if it can help anyone. I found out that I had psoriasis only two weeks ago and since, as a student of Naturopathy I’ve desperately been searching for a natural alternative to healing this condition. My dermatologist also has a background in Naturopathy and I sought him out in hopes that he would only give me natural solutions. But of course he gave me a Tar shampoo to use every day that contains sulphates and is badly drying out… Read more »
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    I have psoriasis on my scalp so I have to be quite careful about the products I use on my hair. I started using the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo and Shielo Hydrate Conditioner about 8 months ago and it has earned my unfailing brand loyalty (and I’m quite a fickle girl). Obviously I can’t say it has cured my chronic skin condition, but it has definitely helped reduce the severity of my flare-ups because it’s so gentle. It seems to be keeping my hair in great condition as well. It doesn’t build up in my hair so I never feel like… Read more »
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    Hey guys, I was diagnosed with Seborrheic dermatitis about a year ago (facial manifestation with scalp itching) and told that it was from using too much oil. My hair is pretty good with retaining oils and I thought that maybe the sulfate free shampoo I was using wasn’t quite getting all the oil out of my hair, in an effort not to strip it. Have any of you ever felt this way?? Of course I didn’t stop using oils in my hair (coconut oil with shea butter mainly) but I laid off of the olive oil. My hair does okay… Read more »
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    Do you have any data to back up the claim that frequent washing (e.g. shampooing every day) leads to hair loss? It was in your description of T-Gel. It seems plausible, but there is a normal amount of hair that falls out every day which is in the shedding phase. That is not necessarily abnormal. Just curious.

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    Psoriasis runs in my family and I have had it since I was an infant. Thanks so much I will be looking into henna because those rx were killing my hair. Washing my hair daily is just not an option even when I deep conditioned after I lost unhealthy amounts of hair. Every dermatologist looked at me like I was crazy when I said I couldn’t wash it more than once a week (my mom tried when I was young pre rx). It’s helpful to know I’m not alone in this.

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    Just wanted to share, I was using fish oil and evening primrose pills a long with Aloe Vera gel on my scalp that appeared to be working for a few weeks. But the scales came back with a vengeance. So I decided to try something my sister’s best friend recommended. ACV. This stuff REALLY WORKS!!! I used two parts water to one part ACV and sprayed my scalp every single day for 1 1/2 weeks straight(even on wash day) and the flakes have been gone for 3 months STRAIGHT! To maintain I now just spray my scalp a few times… Read more »
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    What is ACV?

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    I think ACV is apple cider vinegar

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    Thank you

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    I’m so grateful for this article!! I’ve had sucha horrible outbreak with psoriasis!! I want to wear wigs just to hide myself!

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    thanks for this article. i’m going to try some of the suggestions mentioned here. my hubby may end up with red hair once it’s all said and done, but if we can put an end to his scalp condition, it’ll all have been worth it! oh and a lot of these comments were absolutely appalling.

    Tm
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    I suffer from psoriasis too, and get it on my scalp as well as my whole body. I’m African American and did not get it until after I had my daughter. I noticed back in 07 I started to get it all over my body. It is an annoying and complicated disorder, but I’m learning to deal with it, slowly but surely. Henna is excellent for my hair and works for me as well. I use coconut oil on my scalp and mix it with some good essential oils and the black castor oil (which is an anti-inflammatory agent). Since… Read more »
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    It’s so good to know that I’m not ALONE!! I hate not being able to get regular hair styles but I’m gonna try some of the remedies Thank U All. For those asking what is AVC. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

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    Thank you for this information. I have been on a search for a remedy. I was just diagnosed with eczema and psoriasis last year but I’ve suffered my entire life. My hair used to be down my back and since becoming natural I’ve watched it fall out. It’s now shoulder length. I was looking for alternative hair color techniques and henna was an option. I’m definitely going to give this a try.

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    Hi all, I have psoriasis and my hair has always been my thing so along with the skin issues, to have my hair brittle and thinning due to wear and tear and medical shampoos was just too much! This article is great as I’m looking for alternatives on the shampoo side. I’ve found the shampoo with Salicylic acid work best to fight flakes and itching but were making my hair feel like straw. I’ve been using an amazing line of products to fight that by SoVain. I use the entire line of products they have listed under Dry/Damaged hair: http://www.thatssovain.com/collections/dry-damaged-hair.… Read more »
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    Thank you for addressing this issue, which is never talked about from a natural black woman’s pov! I too was diagnosed in high school and tried many, many treatments (Rx and OTC). Part of the reason I went natural was to avoid the irritation that began to develop after a touch up. Now I’m 3yrs natural struggling to find balance between products that help calm flare ups without drying out my already fine textured hair. I will definitely be trying out the black soap shampoo (i already use and love the body-wash)and the tee tree/coconut oil treatment. Since I’ve recently… Read more »
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    I have terrible terrible “plaque psoriais” atleast thats what the dermatologist told me. I tried henna and you were right. in the first time since EVER, i was completely unable to find ANYTHING on my scalp after washing! i thought it wouldn’t last either, but it did!!!! UNTIL, i went to the beach.…and since then it’s come back with a vengeance. I have never had it this bad. I think my pH is out of wack or something. atleast I hope so, so that it can be fixed by henna. if not im screwed. Im currently in a place where… Read more »
    Diane Lehmann
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    Your article gave me tremendous knowledge for my ten year bout with dermatosis. The money I have spent on meds and over the counter drugs has been misleading and obnoxious. In the end your hair has been damage, and probably almost bald. I will be trying the black shampoo, coconut oil and henna.

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    Adrienne Rupinta
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    Would love to know if you are still having luck with the henna and the shampoo you mentioned? My poor 10 year old daughter suffers with psoriasis on her scalp and I want to try everything possible to help her during flare ups which happens to be all winter long! Just bought some coconut oil…how do you use this in your regimine? Have you ever used Oregano or Eucalyptus oil?

    Christina Patrice
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    Hi Adrienne, I do still have much success with Henna, after over one year of use. I use coconut oil in my henna mixes, and as a pre-poo on my hair, or just to massage my scalp and help lift the scales. I’ve never used Oregano or Eucalyptus oil, though. I hope this helps!

    Kathy
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    Hi, could you please tell me how you use the henna and coconut oil? I have never heard of or used Henna before. I have struggled with psoriasis on my scalp for years and I have lost so much hair… I would greatly appreciate your response on the process of how to use these items.
    Thanks, god bless.

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    Hey all. Whole Foods carries a henna brand “Light Mountain” and you can get the one that is for conditioning only with no color in it.

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    So glad i found this. in so desperatr! Would you be able to send a link for the henna please? I’m only finding hair dye henna.

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    Hi Liss! I purchase my henna from an eBay vendor. They are my trusted source for pure Body Art Quality Henna. Here’s the linkL http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-X-FRESH-2012-Jamila-BAQ-Henna-mehndi-powder-IF-YOU-BUY-5-YOU-GET-1-FREE-/150945549346?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23250e4c22

    Michele
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    Question — do you mix the henna, water and coconut oil together?
    Thank you.

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    Hi Michele, I do mix all 3 together. I also make sure to melt the coconut oil first. As long as you’re using Body Art Quality henna, there shouldn’t be much separation (if any). If it’s not mixing well, add a little (or a lot) of your favorite protein-free conditioner to make a nice yogurt/pudding consistency.

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    Hi Christina, I was wondering if this is the Henna that you pruchased from Whole Foods:
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    Hey, this is all great to know and I’m anxious to try the henna and coconut oil. I followed the link to the henna but it still looks like it dyes hair. I’m blond and wanting to stay that way until after my wedding, but I want my psoriasis gone before then. Is there a henna you can use that doesn’t dye?
    Thanks!

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    im in year9 at the moment and i really hate having scalp psoriasis, like who doesnt. i got it in year 5 and its definitely decreased. its not as thick as before but my hair is thinning and falling a lot recently. (i used to have really luscious, thick hair)So if i tried the henna way, would my hair by any chance thicken? when you used the light mountain red henna, did your hair colour change?

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    my boyfriend has really bad scalp psoriasis. he’s tried hot oil treatments but the results are only shortly temporary. I know it would be hard to get him to sit still 4 hours while henna sits in his head. are there any other things we could try?

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    Hey gang,

    I beat psoriasis when I was 22. I had suffered from it on my scalp and hands and elbows from ages 11–21. It wasn’t until until I went on a serious no carb diet and took rounds and rounds of probiotics and Garlic that it went away. I found out around age 30 that I suffered from systemic yeast infections most of my life and that psoriasis was a side-effect of that problem. If you want to beat your psoriasis, quit the steroid creams and start an all natural path to killing Candida. Best of luck!

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    Here all the products I used to get some relieves and a clean scalp ( for more than 48 hours) : — the day before the shampoo, i massage my scalp and hair with a oils mixture (almond, castor oil, jojoba, rosemary, bay st thomas, tea tree, sage) it helps taking off all the flakes without hurting.. I sleep with this. — for taking off all the oil from my hair, I mix some shikakai powder with neem oil teatree oil I shampoo 2 times and the last rinsing is done with ACV. It may take some time to do… Read more »
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    I just read about a guy that eats lots and lots of cilantro that clears up his psoriasis think ill try it.

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    Thank you for sharing. I have been suffering from psoriasis for abt two year now. I had heard of Henna to help but never tried it. I need some relief. I will be heading down to our whole foods store today and will also be getting the shampoo, as I have seen it in walmart. Please tell me exactly how you mix and apply the henna mixture to your hair. I know you shampoo after letting it sit for 4 hrs, but what kind of conditioner, leave in if any, or grease do you use?

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    I have had the same thing my entire life. This is actually pretty funny bc I’ve never heard of anyone else with this problem on the scalp. (In fact, drs couldn’t even diagnose this when I was younger!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE henna. The quality of henna is improving drastically these days. I use the ‘reshma henna.” It can’t cost more than $5/box. Also, the oil part is optional with this henna. You will see why when you mix it. I love the cooling touch it has to my scalp (after letting it sit in the refrigerator for 1 hr).… Read more »
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    hi, please im worried it will dye my hair that reddish orange collour.. does it do that??

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    I have light brown hair. Will the henna have a color-changing effect? How drastic should I expect the color to change?

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    I’ve been dealing with Psoriasis on top of my head for several years, trying the doctor route, tea tree oil regime, OTC products. Nothing really helped. Then, one day my son was making toast and the smell of the toast simply nauseated me. I Put my nose into the bread bag to see if there was something wrong with it and again, the smell of the bread was sickening. (Stay with me here) Now, 30 years ago or so I was told I was allergic to yeast, so I’ve always stayed away from those products. For some reason, I started… Read more »
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    It’s funny you mention about the bread. I’m not allergic to any foods, but I do notice that when I eat more than my share of sweets like doughnuts, candy bars, or sodas that the plaques came back quicker. I think there was an article somewhere that mentioned foods can be triggers.

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    Sugar! It is notorious for causing inflammation and that what psoriasis is caused by inflammation of the skin and scalp. Which is why steroids work. I would have never thought of the Monistat cream, but I bet it would work good on my eyebrows! Mine is mostly in my scalp but my left eyebrow at the arch is almost gone so I think I will give it a try ya never know!

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    I just read this after realizing i’ve had a spot of psoriasis on my head since birth. Tried monistat last night and skin isn’t scaling nor itchy. Yay. Will be using this for a while in rotation with my trusted Sulphur 8. Hopefully my hair will grow back. Thanks for the tip!

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    Beth
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    I use Henna, pure, straight from india. It doesn’t help with my psoriasis, it simply dyes the flakes red, which I find amusing. But then I use it for my hair not my scalp. And I let it dry on my head. What works wonders for me is pure avocado butter. It deals with all my psoriasis. But I don’t like having an overly greasy scalp so I don’t use it like I should. But I put it on the patch everywhre else and it’s so effective. Apple Cider Vinegar gave me the worst pso breakout ever. I’m still going… Read more »
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    I was diagnosed with psoriasis over 2 years ago. It was only a small patch in the back of my head when it first started, but now I have developed several other plaques about the size of an M&M on the sides and top. And from what I can tell, my hair is thin or broken off in those areas. Anywho, the treatment that has helped me a great deal is Taclonex. I used it in the summer of 2011 when I was diagnosed for about a 7–10 days. I believe most prescriptions say 4 weeks, but I didn’t want… Read more »
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    Thank you all for providing helpful tips, advice and sharing your experiences. I recently found out that I have psoriasis. My scalp is itchy and I have red scaly spots on my body. At first I had no idea what it was. It is uncomfortable and embarrassing to me. But, I have been really stressed and have been indulging in very high sugary foods and carbs. Drinking more alcohol than usual as well. I am going to make a change in my diet and see how it affects this psoriasis.

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    The henna that you used says hair coloring. So is it a dye? If i use it will my hair be red?

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    Henna is made up of dirt, clays and sometimes ground berries which give it the color affect. I love using it for color I just find one that matches my natural color, they do have non color ones also, plus henna wash and conditioners, but I have never used those! I’m going to check out the henna she talked about, because the only ones I have ever used I got at Sally’s beauty supply, they are still 100% natural, but I like trying new stuff as well! I’m really hoping this works, because I am so tired of buying tons… Read more »
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    What was your ratio of henna to water to coconut oil?

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    Wow, I recently discovered that I have a psoriasis in my scalp and I really don’t know how I got it but now, it is clear to me, it is from a henna dye that I put on during my vacation in a famous beach in Asia.

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    Henna is all natural, its basically mud and clays like the Natives used to color their hair, so unless it had a bacteria in it there is no way the henna alone could give you psoriasis.

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    Well I replied to this but it did not show up 🙁 Yes I was very wrong!!! Thank You for all the info and recipes, I’ve been doing a lot of research the last couple of days and I did not really know anything about henna! I always bought the boxes from Sally’s that came in different colors :O Yep Ive been reading all the stuff you talked about, but I’ve also been looking high and low for this post and could not find it. I am so glad you commented! Thank You!!!

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    Dominique
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    I looked through the comments but could not find a mix ratio of the henna to coconut oil. I bought a tub of henna and a middle eastern market so I don’t even have the convenience of a prepackaged portion. Any information on how much henna to coconut oil and water would be great.

    Janice
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    Dominique, there is no recipe. You just add just enough water to turn the henna powder into paste than add enough coconut oil to make it the consistency of thick pudding. The amount of henna powder you need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. You just gotta eye ball it.

    Here is some info on henna gloss

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/05/curlynikkis-henna-gloss-recipe.html

    Also if I’m not mistaken you have to stir the mixture with a non-metal instrument.

    Lorijean Raissis
    Guest

    I have a daughter who just got and do not know what to do cause she is 9 years old. Do not want to use any unnatural product or dyes? Anyone know what to do for a little girl.

    Edith Thurman
    Guest

    The Henna is natural, I’ve used hennas for year on my hair, but have not done one in a long time due to 3 neck surgeries, but after reading her post I may just have to start again!!

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    Isabelle
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    I had been dealing with psoriasis for months and nothing helped. I was at my lowest and struggling with self-image issues due to psoriasis. I’m at the age where I want to show off my body, but I couldn’t because of psoriasis. It made me insanely jealous to see other girls flaunting their skin that they took for granted. I was so insecure. Then one day I stumbled upon this natural remedy, after 2 weeks of following it to a tee, I finally feel pretty again, the skin on my legs is no longer scaly and I can show them… Read more »
    July
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    I have had scalp psoriasis for 7 years and have tried everything! i changed so much and nothing but the coconut water helped! I admit my journey with psoriasis helped me to become super healthy but it also took a toll on my hair and wallet. I started working out 4 days a week. I quit drinking milk and eating sugar. I started drinking lots of water and eating fish. I quit eating fast food entirely. I dropped 3 pant sizes but the psoriasis stayed. Thinking maybe the psoriasis was my body lacking some vitamin I began researching every vitamin… Read more »
    Edith Thurman
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    I’ve been drinking coconut water every day for about 3 years now it has helped moisturize my skin, but I still have psoriasis! So I don’t know if that was your cure or not.

    Jan Watson
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    I used to suffer from psoriasis for about 15 years so I have tried every single cream & ointment there is. Unfortunately almost every cream had little effect at all but thankfully I was actually able to completely cure my psoriasis after my cousin told me how she cured hers. I only had to do 2 things: 1. Use a humidifier in your house. This will add moisture to the air and to your skin without you knowing. 2. Follow every step in the free video & guide seen at http://curehealthproblem.com/psoriasis Try those two steps and hopefully you will get… Read more »
    Edith Thurman
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    Thats a load of crap and you should not be posting a sales add! If I could I would report you!!!

    Jan Watson
    Guest

    P.S. I also vouch for tea tree oil!

    Amber
    Guest

    What store can I find that African black soap shampoo at? I need it quicker than Amazon can ship it to me, also does it matter if it’s not organic? I found one that says all the same things except it’s a dark color instead of the light one you posted and it doesn’t say organic.

    foxydiva
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    Try Walgreen’s or CVS… At times they have that whole line buy one get one free…

    Tiera johnson
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    I have suffered from psoriasis for years, and while I tried prescription drugs, and topical ointments, I would still experience flair ups of irritation from time to time. It wasn’t until I started my natural hair journey that I began to see some relief. I just wrote an article on my blog Hapnaturally.com that includes some tips, and natural home remedies, that really helped me when dealing with psoriasis and how switching to a natural hair regimen really helped me relieve the symptoms

    TM
    Guest

    T-Gel doesn’t work for me. In fact it makes it worse. I normally use MG217. Have you tried it?
    You can read about how I cope with P on my website sterlinghappiness.com

    Cheyenne Dawson
    Guest

    I am definitely going to try this henna treatment! I have found an oil treatment that works for me but you have to do it multiple times a week and you have to wear it to bed. UGh Cross my fingers I hope the henna works for me!

    Liz Finch-Belcher
    Guest

    THANK YOU! I am definitely going try these remedies!

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    Xavier
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    ACV! It has been a godsend and I’ve had it in my pantry my entire life. Soak your scalp with 1 part ACV and 3 parts water and let it sit for 30 min. Then follow up with your normal hair routine. No vinegary smells and I can now got the allotted 2 weeks between hair washings

    VeronicaBonaccorso
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    i have bough DermalMD Psoriasis Treatment serum for my aunty, whom is a long time sufferer of a very bad and severe psoriasis, i can say that this is the best product she has ever used and thanx to god she is very happy now and results are amazing within just 2 months of use.

    E
    Guest

    Iv had scalp issues for 20 years until I did henna regularly. Ill never e without my henna again. I also used light mountain but most hennas worked the same.

    Nat
    Guest

    I highly recommend Derma E’s Scalp Relief Shampoo and the conditioner. Before I was my hair, I apply Mint Almond Oil to my scalp. You can make your own (peppermint oil and sweet Almond Oil) or get the one that Mielle Organics makes and then I apply olive oil to my strands. The Shampoo is tar-free and natural, and is made with tea tree oil, neem, burdock, bearberry, and salicylic acid.

    Yahaira Lidia Reyes Jimenez
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    Yahaira Lidia Reyes Jimenez
    Hiya, I just found this great article since Im experiencing a horrid itchy scalp since I dyed my hair about 6 months ago. I have suffered from Eczema in the past and I have had problems in my scalp when I was using a relaxer. After I went Natural, it stop until I was stupid enough to use the dye without doing a test first. When you say “I did a four hour treatment of henna, water, and coconut oil” could you expand on that? do you mean you mixed water, henna, and coconut oil and left the mix in… Read more »
    JuAnita C.
    Guest
    Thank you soooooo much I’ve been dealing with this for a few years now and It seemed that nothing would work. I recently saw a dermatologist and although the acetone based steroid oil and shampoo she prescribed worked it is EXTREMELY drying and nothing seems to replace my moisture levels.….not to mention that I’m supposed to wash my hair every few days and I’m a sucker for braids. I was wondering what do you recommend for use as a deep conditioner and for a daily moisturizer/leave in conditioner? I have a 4c “60’s Black Power” type of Afro and I’m… Read more »
    Kelsey
    Guest

    This post is everything. Been dealing with a major flare up. So I went out and I just bought some henna… I really want to do the hair mask treatment!! God I’ll try anything!! I’ve never used henna before. Like ever. What ratio did you use of henna to water to coconut oil? My OCD needs to know haha. Thank you!!

    Cicely
    Guest

    Thank you soooooo much. So happy to have found this sight. I equally suffer from psoriasis and was doing a scalp scrub made of ground walnut seeds sulfate free shampoo and tea tree oil. The abrasiveness of the finely ground walnut seed requires me to part hair and be very cautious scrubbing each section. Within 3 -4 days the scaly scalp has accumulated again and requires this remedy every week for constant relief. I believe the Shea Moisture Shampoo and Henna Conditioner would remedy the scalp and not risk hair damage more effectively.

    Jen
    Guest

    Thank you SO MUCH for this post. I suffer from scalp psoriasis too, and have been going crazy trying to find the right natural products to treat it while still taking care of my curls. Your post has been a godsend!!!

    Kim
    Guest

    Hello..I came across this while searching for remedies for my daughter. Could you tell me how much Henna you would use for your treatment? And then you mention 4 hrs, do you go thru this process (with the Henna) 3 times (one day) once a month? Then the rest of the month do you just use the shampoo?

    Jasmine
    Guest

    Anyone have these symptoms but when goes leave a lighter skin tone?

    Suzie
    Guest

    Please can ANYONE tell me how much and what to mix with the Henna, and how much Henna?? I am desperate, please help!

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