A dermatologist reveals the best way to deal with scalp psoriasis
Scalp psoriasis is a common skin disorder that causes raised, reddish, scaly patches on the scalp and can extend beyond the hairline onto the forehead, the back of the neck and around the ears. It can vary from being very mild and unnoticeable, with slight fine scaling, or very severe with thick crusted plaques covering the entire scalp.
Dr Conal Perrett, dermatologist and founder of the Devonshire Clinic and one of London Medical Concierge’s network of doctors, answers your questions on scalp psoriasis.
What causes psoriasis on the scalp?
As with other types of psoriasis, we don’t know what causes it and ongoing research is being done to try and identify why it occurs. Doctors believe it comes from a deficiency within the immune system that causes skin cells to grow too quickly and build up into patches. You may be more likely to get scalp psoriasis if it runs in your family.
Scalp psoriasis is not contagious but it is incredibly uncomfortable, itchy and can cause confidence issues in many people.