Psoriasis is a skin condition that builds up on the scalp results in flaky and red patches that feel itchy. Psoriasis is caused due to building up new skin cells on the skin. The condition can worsen with time , it may crack and bleed. Don’t confuse between dandruff and psoriasis, they both are different skin conditions. Psoriasis is a more serious disease than dandruff.

Psoriasis is a flaky and scaly disease that can be worse if you don’t treat it on time. This condition can spread to the forehead, neck and back of the ear. It’s a chronic disease that means it’s not a long term disease, it comes and goes back over time.

There are some home remedies which can be more beneficial than any other treatment or medication. Home remedies can reduce the psoriasis but if you have worse condition then consult a doctor.

Well! The most beneficial and effective remedies to manage scalp psoriasis are discussed below:

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera has healing properties and it’s the best natural ingredient to treat skin conditions. You can apply Aloe vera gel on your scalp for 1 hour and wash off. There are many creams which contain Aloe vera gel to reduce the scalp itching, flaking, redness and inflammation. This should be applied 2 times a day to moist your scalp. It may show the results after consistent application for 1 month.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar reduces the itchiness caused due to scalp psoriasis. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water in 1:1 proportional. Apply this organic apple cider vinegar into your scalp. Rinse off after 1 hour of application. If you have crack and bleeding then don’t use it on your scalp. You can apply it 2 times a week and results will be shown after a few weeks.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the most calming and soothing remedy. Coconut oil is loaded with fats that promote skin health. You can also go for avocado oil, it works best for psoriasis. Take the lukewarm oil and massage with it gently. Leave it for 2 hours. Rinse your hair. You should use this whenever you are going to wash your hair. This is very effective for scalp psoriasis and this starts to show the results after months.

Baking soda

Baking soda is an easy and quick remedy for itching and scalp psoriasis. Take water in a bowl and mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into it. Pour this mixture onto your scalp to calm down the itching and redness. And rinse your hair after 1 hour. Take a cotton pad and apply the mixture into your scalp for 1 hour and rinse off. Don’t use this remedy for crack and bleeding scalp.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps to reduce the symptoms of scalp psoriasis. It reduces the itchiness and provides a soothing effect. Spend the maximum time in sunlight daily. And morning time is best for taking sunlight. You can also put on the SPF and spend 15 minutes in the sun. If you are consulting the doctor then please make sure that it doesn’t harm you.


Turmeric is mostly known for its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. It helps to heal the psoriasis and treat the itchiness. You can apply paste of turmeric and water into your scalp. Rinse off after 1 hour. You can also take the turmeric supplement. Also, incorporate the turmeric to food and cooking. Including turmeric daily in your cooking is considered to be safe and effective for the body.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree soothes the scalp and reduces the itching and redness. Tea tree is a plant considered to treat scalp psoriasis. It works as an antiseptic and reduces the inflammation of the scalp. But tea tree oil can be allergic to few people so consult before using it. Apply it on your scalp and massage well. Rinse off after 1 hour.

Omega 3 

Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of supplements and fish oil are considered to be good for managing scalp psoriasis. Well, it’s not the most proven way to treat scalp itching and inflammation but yet it is safe and beneficial to take a daily dose of omega-3. Plant based supplements such as flax reduce the inflammation and itchiness.

Sea salt

Sea salt reduces the inflammation and redness and gives a soothing effect. Soak your head or whole body in sea salt water. Stay in it for 15 minutes at least and apply moisturizer to reduce the dryness of the scalp after the bath. It helps to manage scalp psoriasis and do this whenever you take bath. It proves to be very helpful for managing the scalp psoriasis.


There is a wide range of shampoos available to treat the scalp psoriasis. The best are those which contain witch hazel herb. Also, the shampoo which contains anti-inflammatory salicylic acid or coal tar should be considered. Consult the doctor before taking any shampoo and use it according to the directions on the bottle. Or, use it directed by the doctor.

Causes of scalp psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis occurs when the immune system gets weak and doesn’t work properly. People who have family members suffering from psoriasis are more likely to be prone to this. People who smoke, take stress and have obesity are more likely to cause scalp psoriasis.

When skin cells develop so quickly, rather than growing in a week it starts growing in a day. The body is not even able to shed these cells and then it accumulates. This results in scalp psoriasis.

Bottom line

Scalp psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that comes and goes over time. Generally it is caused by the immune system and other reasons. It can be completely treated by medication and using home remedies. Home remedies help to manage the condition and treat it fast. You can better manage your scalp psoriasis and add home remedies to treat the symptoms.

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