Few years ago, the word ‘’Psoriasis’’ was considered bizarre in the skincare world. Not until big names like Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne openly share their struggles with the respective skin diseases. Now, people are more aware of these not so common skin problems known. Skin Psoriasis—can easily be detected due to its obvious physical symptoms like itching, redness, sensitivity and soreness. And while both Kim and Cara suffer from body skin psoriasis, there are people who actually suffer from scalp psoriasis. Which is considered worse, because it can seriously affect their whole self-esteem and confidence, having to deal with constant patches, dry scalp and excessive dandruff problems. 

Similar to those with sensitive scalp problems, scalp psoriasis also demands a special shampoo that won’t further irritate and damage their skin. They mostly aim for products and formulas that can effectively shush away the flaky texture and soothe irritation. Hence, most scalp psoriasis treatment comes in a mixture of natural ingredients of oils, steroids, and ointments. However, according to dermatologists, those who suffer from scalp psoriasis problems should consider using ingredients like salicylic acid and surprisingly, coal tar. A cool tar is a dark liquid by-product of coke and coal gas which is extracted from the coal itself and commonly used by dermatologists worldwide to treat psoriasis problems and dermatitis. 

As intimidating as it sounds, the coal tar is believed to help to slow the production of clogged pores and reduce inflammation—so really, they could be your best friend in treating psoriasi. Don’t be scared. Read more to find out Beauty Insiders’ choice of shampoo to treat scalp psoriasis problems, and the most common questions about the skin problem. 

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What Is Scalp Psoriasis? 

Scalp psoriasis is an extended skin psoriasis problem. Some people experience irritation in one area of the body, scalp or body, others face both. Psoriasis mainly occurs due to the dead skin cells having been built up for so long until it thickens in the deepest layer on your skin, which in this case, makes it harder to shed away. Dead skin cells normally should be cleaned off and replaced every 3 weeks prior. But those with psoriasis problems, the ‘’recycling’’ of skin cells tend to take up so quickly at around 3-7 weeks. The results of this overgrowth were the sole reason behind the psoriasis problem. 

What Does Scalp Psoriasis Look Like? 

Psoriasis problems tend to face the same physical complication which involves red patches, flaky dry skin, dandruff-like, itchiness and inflammation. It’s a long-lasting, which can be chronic conditions, usually can involve a period where it dissolves slowly, and when you think they’re gone for good, they’ll resurface, flaring up worse than before. If you start to notice bald patches on your scalp, excessive hair shedding and severe itchiness, we suggest you pay a trip to the clinic. This could be a sign you’re developing a skin psoriasis. Your doctors will recommend suitable medications or hair care products that will treat and soothe your psoriasis problem. If you notice more redness and dandruff layering up around your scalp, stop using your current shampoo and find a product made specifically for psoriasis. 

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Is Skin Psoriasis Contagious?

Absolutely not! Psoriasis problem—be it scalp or skin—cannot be transmitted via touching. It is not an infection, so you don’t have to worry about ‘’transferring’’ the skin problems to anyone around you. Psoriasis is mainly caused by genes or your lifestyle, so you cannot give or get psoriasis by physical contact. But bare in mind that fouly environmental can further trigger your psoriasis concern. Bacterial infections, stress and medications all can cause flare ups. So you need to be careful.

Scalp Psoriasis Shampoo 

1. Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Extra Strength

Listen, this Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Extra Strength has exceeded more than 1,000 reviews and rated five over five stars across all marketplace on Google. No wonder it is highly recommended by dermatologists worldwide. This shampoo by Neutrogena was made with coal tar (which is known to treat psoriasis), while leaving your hair looking smooth and shiny. A must have!

Why we love it: 

  • Contain coal tar 
  • A 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner 
  • Dermatology tested and approved

Price: RM 57.00

Where to buy: Lazada

2. Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff 

With scalp protection ingredients like selenium sulfide, anti-fungal properties and oil-control elements, this magical shampoo by Head and Shoulders is recommended by dermatologists and is certified straight from New York’s Dermatitis Clinic. This magical shampoo works wonders in soothing scalp itchiness, soaking up the remaining sebum and dissolving dandruff problems altogether. Suitable for all of you with severe scalp concern.

Why we love it: 

  • Contain Selenium Sulfide 
  • Approved by the best dermatitis clinic in New York 
  • Treat itchiness and dandruff problem

Price: RM 118.00

Where to buy: Ubuy Malaysia

3. Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti Dandruff Shampoo

Also approved by New York’s based dermatology, Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti Dandruff Shampoo made specifically to target itchy, inflamed and sensitive scalp. The ingredients include the trusted zinc pyrithione which addresses the overall dryness around your scalp and hair. 

Why we love it: 

  • Less harsh than most shampoo 
  • Suitable for all scalp even the driest 
  • Restore scalp hydration 

Price: RM 95.00

Where to buy: Ubuy Malaysia

4. Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Shampoo Plus Conditioner

Another 2-in1 product made to cure the scalp psoriasis problem. This shampoo from Dermarest consists of 3 percent of salicylic acid, a zinc complex which is targeted to ease the appearance of redness all around your scalp, tackles itchiness and decongests all dead skin cells that are trapped underneath. As a result, your scalp feels lighter and fresher. 

Why we love it: 

  • 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner 
  • Contains a number of sensitive-friendly ingredients 
  • Scalp feels a lot fresher 

Price: RM 19.50 – RM 117.95

Where to buy: Shopee

5. Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo

Not only is it affordable, but this Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Dandruff Shampoo was made with ingredients that can control the levels of yeast production on your scalp. Because your scalp is one of the tiniest surfaces on your body, also it is one of the most exposed skin to the sun, you will need extra protection on your head and area. This shampoo contains selenium sulfide which will protect each barrier of your scalp. 

Why we love it: 

  • Contains Selenium Sulfide to protect your scalp 
  • Can help lower the production of yeast
  • Not too thick in texture 

Price: RM 98.00

Where to buy: Shopee

6. MG 217 Psoriasis Shampoo

This 3% Coal Tar Psoriasis Shampoo is a heaven-made shampoo that is created specially to combat psoriasis scalp problems. As usual, the coal tar will help to fight off the preclusive dead skin build ups and encourage new skin growth which is much healthier and fresher. Though, as suggested by other users, this shampoo should be left on for around 5 minutes before you rinse them off to encourage deeper penetration. 

Why we love it: 

  • Contain a good amount of coal tar 
  • Washed off all dead skin cells 
  • Steroids-free

Price: RM 125.00

Where to buy: Shopee

7. DHS SAL Shampoo

This DHL SAL shampoo is suitable for all of you experiencing severe scalp problems, like psoriasis, sensitivity, excessive dryness and others. This shampoo also is one of the best products that can totally eliminate dandruff and flaky scalp concerns. They’re not too harsh which makes it easier for you to use it frequently. 

Why we love it: 

  • Strengthen you scalp barrier 
  • Can be used everyday
  • Scalp feels a lot fresher 

Price: RM 92.00

Where to buy: Ubuy Malaysia

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