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Scalp psoriasis can be very uncomfortable, but find the right treatment and avoid these 6 pitfalls, and you can keep your scalp in the best condition possible.

1. Dry skin
Keep your scalp hydrated by using a moisturizing shampoo every time you wash your hair.

2. Itching and scratching
Never pick at scales or sore patches of skin ­– this will make the condition worse!

3. Dry, cold weather
The weather can have a big effect on psoriasis. Cold, dry weather can make the symptoms appear worse, so make sure to wrap up warm in winter and consider getting a humidifier to take the edge off the dry air.

4. Certain medication
Tell your doctor about any medication you take and ask whether it might affect your psoriasis.

5. Stress
Stress is often linked with flare-ups, so try to reduce stress and anxiety. Meditation and yoga are a good place to start.

6. Alcohol
It’s thought that excessive alcohol consumption may worsen psoriasis symptoms, so drink in moderation. If you’re taking psoriasis medication, check whether it’s okay to drink alcohol while taking them.

How should you treat scalp psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis is a somewhat rare skin disorder, affecting about 3% of the population. If you haven’t yet been diagnosed with the condition, it’s worthwhile to check to see if your symptoms are the result of a more common scalp flaking disorder like seborrheic dermatitis.

Consider trying extra strength dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis treatments – if you suffer from one of these more common conditions, some over-the-counter shampoos provide symptom relief.

Try using Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis.

But remember, Head & Shoulders is not a treatment for scalp psoriasis, so if you have tried our other shampoos and the symptoms don’t improve, ask your dermatologist if you have scalp psoriasis and how to treat it.

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