Psoriasis Shampoo for Sensitive Skin

Tips for Finding a Safe, Natural Shampoo for Psoriasis

It's very challenging to find a psoriasis shampoo on the market today that doesn't contain harmful chemicals and fragrances.

Here are some ideas for creating your own natural shampoo for psoriasis with highly effective ingredients that are safe and non-toxic!

People with sensitive skin are especially frustrated at times trying to figure out a natural remedy for their scalp psoriasis due to the lack of products for this skin condition. However, there are many natural remedies that can and do work for people with scalp psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

This is a skin condition characterized by either very light scaling on the scalp or thick, crust-like areas that cover the scalp underneath the hair. It can also spread to other facial areas such as the forehead or to the ears and sometimes the neck. It can be an embarrassing skin condition, especially when you're not sure how to treat it properly.

It is a hereditary disease for some, but for others can be caused by high levels of stress, changes in hormonal levels, or when the immune system has undergone a great deal of stress.

Psoriasis is not a curable condition, but it can be managed well if you are diligent about proper hair hygiene and are willing to try natural remedies for the condition.

Most people head straight to the physician to see what can be done with the scaly skin on the scalp. Your physician may recommend steroid liniments or medicated shampoos. However, these are often too harsh for people with sensitive skin. Is it possible to find a more natural shampoo for psoriasis?

Natural Psoriasis Treatment

Instead of using a psoriasis shampoo that is likely to dry out your hair and cause an itchy scalp, you may want to consider the following natural remedies for treating your scalp psoriasis.

  • Use a safe, hypoallergenic shampoo to wash your hair - sulfate free shampoos are best
  • Allow your hair to dry naturally whenever possible - don't use a hair dryer
  • Essential oils - use olive oil with a few drops of calendula oil and a drop of oregano oil mixed together as massaging oil for the scalp. Take time to massage into the scalp and then use a natural shampoo to wash your hair.
  • Vinegar - apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties and seems to work well as a rinsing agent for people suffering with psoriasis. Mix together equal amounts of pure water and apple cider vinegar and then use it to rinse the hair and scalp, massaging as you work it over the scalp.
  • Chamomile tea rinse - boil some water, add chamomile tea bags or loose tea, allow it to cool, and use it as a rinse, much like the apple cider vinegar.
  • Olive oil at night - if you'd like to treat your scalp overnight, massage pure, unrefined olive oil that's been warmed into your scalp, put on a shower cap, and sleep that way for the night. Wash your hair as usual in the morning.
  • Buttermilk - put buttermilk-soaked clean towel or washcloth onto your scalp and allow it to soak in for a few minutes.
  • Baking soda paste - put 1/4 cup baking soda together with 1/2 cup pure olive oil and combine well. Apply to the scalp and leave on for 30 minutes or so. Shampoo as usual.
  • White willow bark - is a natural form of salicylic acid that can be applied directly to the scalp to reduce inflammation.

Quick One Minute Psoriasis Shampoo That
Really Works

As mentioned previously, it is difficult for people with sensitive skin to find a shampoo specifically for psoriasis that doesn't contain harmful chemicals, sulfates, and other harmful substances. There is however a way around that challenge!

First, start with Cleure shampoo . These products are completely toxin free and contain no harsh chemicals, including SLS. This shampoo works really well to create shiny and healthy hair. (I use this myself, you can see my "before" and "after" pictures at our hypoallergenic shampoo page.)

To treat your scalp psoriasis and create your own safe, non-toxic shampoo for psoriasis, simply add a teaspoon to a tablespoon of the Cleure Emu Oil to the shampoo, shake well, and then use as usual!

The Cleure Emu Oil is a pure and potent form of this very powerful natural anti-inflammatory oil which is used to bring relief to many inflammatory skin problems including psoriasis.

If you prefer vegetable based oils, you can try out some different natural psoriasis remedies to add to your psoriasis shampoo. It's always best to start with ONE ingredients at a time so see how your skin reacts.

For example, try adding one of these, which each have potent healing properties that are especially useful for making your own psoriasis shampoo:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Manuka oil from New Zealand
  • Tamanu oil
  • Jojoba oil

You can get more ideas of ingredients you can add to your own shampoo for psoriasis here at our Home Remedies for Psoriasis page.

Lifestyle Changes in Addition to Psoriasis Shampoo

It's also important to note that there are a few lifestyle changes you can make to help improve your scalp psoriasis symptoms. You can learn more at our Psoriasis Causes page.

  • Drink plenty of water each day. Water is essential for keeping the skin hydrated.

    Medical advice on this varies. Some doctors recommend 8 glasses of water per day. Others recommend that you simply drink water when you are thirsty.

    Naturopathic Doctors recommend drinking an amount of water that is equal to half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weight 150 pounds, they recommend drinking 75 ounces of water per day.
  • Increase your intake of omega fatty acids .
  • Opt for more fruits and vegetables and avoid excess sugar and fat.
  • Sunshine is known to help with the symptoms of psoriasis too, so when you can spend some time in the sun, do so (within moderation of course!)
  • Stop smoking and excessive drinking, as both are triggers for psoriasis. Learn more at our Psoriasis and Diet area.
  • Take shorter showers and use lukewarm or warm water as opposed to hot.
  • It's vital that you reduce the stress in your life too, as this is a huge factor for psoriasis. Be sure to make time to relax and have fun!

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