Can Scalp Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?

Itchy Scalp

Itchy Scalp

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes thickening of the skin, which can bleed if pulled off. One question many patients who are diagnosed with psoriasis may have is “Can psoriasis make you lose your hair?” Although the condition itself will not directly cause you to lose your hair, frequent scratching due to psoriasis can cause hair thinning. It is also frequently a painful condition which leads to stress. Stress inhibits hair growth by causing the follicle to enter a “rest phase,” which can cause hair loss.

If you’re suffering from psoriasis and your hair is thinning, it is strongly recommended that you avoid any scalp treatment products that contain salicylic acid. This can cause damage to the hair shaft, causing it to break off.

How to Spot Psoriasis

Of all the scalp diseases linked to hair loss, psoriasis is the most easy to spot because of the symptoms; dry, scaly, and itchy patches of skin on the scalp. These patches can appear on other parts of the body and they are often painful and can bleed if scratched excessively.

After the scaly patches dry up, they will turn white and scaly. Frequent scratching can also cause dandruff due to the dry skin flaking.

How to Treat Psoriasis

A dermatologist can recommend a scalp treatment for psoriasis such as a shampoo and most importantly, recommend not picking at the scalp. This can lead to alopecia, a condition that can cause further hair loss.

Topical treatments, prescribed by a dermatologist, that contain vitamin A, tazarotene, or steroids are also effective ways to deal with the skin condition. They may also recommend injections.

Another surprising way to deal with psoriasis is to get plenty of sunlight. However, if none of these treatments work, a dermatologist may recommend further treatment options.

After Psoriasis Has Cleared Up

Scalp diseases that are linked to hair loss, such as psoriasis, can be treated easily, but the hair loss might be permanent. If you’ve suffered from permanent, or even temporary, hair loss following a case of psoriasis, The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists offers a number of treatment options.

A hair transplant takes your existing hair and grafts it to the areas on your scalp affected by hair loss for natural-looking results. Depending on the severity of hair loss you can have either a micro-graft of three to four hairs or a maxi-graft of four to six hairs. No one will be able to tell the difference and the results are indistinguishable from your natural hair.

For patients who are fatigued with medical procedures following treatments for psoriasis, or if the hair loss is just temporary, we also offer hair systems that combine natural and synthetic hair.

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists also offers a number of options for relieving and treating psoriasis, such as our all-natural shampoo treatment made with keratin that effectively treats psoriasis while strengthening hair. For more information on our all-natural shampoo or other hair and scalp treatment products, shop our web site today.

Hair loss from psoriasis doesn’t have to be permanent; The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists offers a number of options for patients seeking scalp treatments. For more information or to book a consultation, contact us today.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.

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