What is Scalp Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes skin cells to build up in various areas of the body. Excess skin cells will shimmer, scratch, crack, and bleed, and form silvery-rooted patches.

Psoriasis is known as scalp psoriasis if it affects the scalp. Psoriasis of the scalp can affect the back of the ears, front, and neck as well.

Scalp Psoriasis is a widespread condition of the skin, which causes elevated, reddish, sometimes skinny spots. It may occur as one or several patches and even affect the whole scalp. It can even extend to your brow, back, or within your face. your neck.

Psoriasis of the scalp may be mild and nearly unnoticeable. However, it can be severe, long-lasting, and develop thick, crusted sores. Hard itching can control the normal life of sleep, and scratching can induce infections of the skin and hair loss.

Point to remember:

  • You cannot get scalp psoriasis from another person.
  • Doctors think that the causes is due to the incorrect immune system , which causing skin cell growth and patches to spread too much.
  • If it is in your family, you might be more likely to develop scalp psoriasis.


Symptoms can be found all over the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis, for example, may look like psoriasis. Psoriasis of the skin, on the other hand, appears powdery and silvery, whereas seborrheic dermatitis appears yellowish and greasy. Psoriasis of the scalp is normal in patients of colour, but due to the hair form, care can be complicated.

  • Patches that are scaly, red, and bumpy
  • Scales of silvery-white
  • Flaking similar to dandruff
  • Dry Scalp 
  • Itching
  • There is a burning sensation or  soreness
  •  Hair Loss
Consult a doctor or dermatologist if you have either of these signs. To rule out conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, they can simply inspect you or conduct a skin biopsy.

Probability of the occurrence

Psoriasis of the scalp is very common. Psoriasis affects 2 to 3% of the population globally, according to experts. It can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms if left untreated. It also triggers long-term inflammation, which has been related to severe diseases like:

  • Arthritis 
  • Cardiac disease
  • Insulin Resistance 
  • High Cholesterol 
  • Obesity

Causes and risk factors for scalp psoriasis

No one knows exactly what causes scalp and psoriasis. Professional believe it occurs if the immune system of a human does not function correctly.

Psoriasis patients may have increased production of T cells and neutrophils, two kinds of white blood cells. T cells are responsible for traveling around the body and battling viruses and bacteria.

If an individual has an abnormal number of T cells, they may mistakenly target healthy cells, resulting in the development of more skin cells and white blood cells. In the instance of scalp psoriasis, these cells surface on the cause skin inflammation, itchiness, redness, patches, and flaking.

Psoriasis can be caused by a number of causes, including diet and genetics. The factors listed can boost your chances of developing scalp psoriasis:

  1. Family background: The involvement of a single-family member with scalp psoriasis significantly raises the chance. If all their parents have the disease, you are much more likely to inherit it.
  2. Obesity: Excessive weight patients tend to experience scalp psoriasis more frequently. Many that have obese skin plugs and folds are most likely to be inverted in psoriasis.
  3. Smoking: If you drink, the chance of psoriasis will rise. Smoking also amplifies the severity of the disorder of psoriasis for those who experience it.
  4. Stress: High levels of stress are associated with psoriasis when stress is affecting the immune system.
  5. Viral and bacterial infections: Those with chronic infections and immune systems affected, especially young children and HIV infections, are at an elevated risk of psoriasis.

Triggering Factors

Many with scalp psoriasis can find a series of factors worsening or affecting their symptoms. This usually includes:

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Addiction to alcohol
  • stress
  • infections, such as strep throat and acne infections
  • InjuriesSkin 
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Any drugs, such as magnesium, beta-blockers, antimalarial medications, and iodides

Is hair loss caused by scalp psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis does not cause hair loss in and of itself, but rubbing excessively or very hard, pulling at the scaly patches, painful therapies, and the discomfort associated with the disease may all result in transient hair loss. Hair loss is a frequent complication of scalp psoriasis. Fortunately, the hair normally regrows when your skin recovers.


Psoriasis therapies help to slow the growth of skin cells and eliminate scales. Creams and ointments (topical treatment), light therapy (phototherapy), and oral or injected medicine are also options.

Scalp psoriasis treatment varies depending on the severity and area. Treatment of the head, neck, and face of psoriasis is often more supportive than treating other areas of the body.

Many forms of psoriasis are present, from moderate to severe. Scalp psoriasis is one of the most prevalent types of plaque psoriasis. It produces red, scaly, plaque-based patches that can damage any portion of the body. The most common form of psoriasis involving the head, facial, or neck is psoriasis plaque.

Any home therapies may help to alleviate scalp psoriasis symptoms. There is experimental proof. These are best used in combination with medical therapy that has been shown to treat this disease effectively.

Note: The medications you use are determined by the severity of your psoriasis and how open it has been to prior treatments. Before you discover an option that works for you, you may need to try various medications or a mixture of therapies. However, the illness usually recovers.

Ayurvedic Approach to Scalp Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is known as Kitibha kushta, and several other skin disorders mentioned in Ayurveda exhibit symptoms of Scalp psoriasis.

Scalp psoriasis is treated in a variety of ways. Stopping the consumption of the causative factors and fixing the vata, Pitta, and Kapha imbalances induced in the body.

Ayurvedic skin disorder treatment includes dietary and behavioural changes, as well as a few treatments that speed up skin improvement.

Our Take

Elite Ayurveda emphasizes the treatment part of the skin conditions in all ways including diet, exercise, and medications. 

Our lead expert Dr. Adil Moulanhikkal supported by the trained team members will help you to regain your normal skin.

“All skin conditions can be treated if the individual is ready to obey the instructions given by the Doctor’ says Dr. Adil, who is keen on the betterment of every individual affected with skin issues.


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