I didn’t know how self-conscious a flaky scalp could make a person feel until it happened to me. At first, I thought it was just dandruff that decided to make an appearance for no reason. I washed and rewashed my hair more often, and even rubbed my scalp vigorously with fingernails (which is not recommended), but it only got worse.
It seems I could have a case of mild scalp psoriasis. It started out as just tiny bumpy spots that looked like dandruff, but when scratched revealed a (sometimes crusty) sore.
(Is it possible to develop psoriasis as an adult, out of nowhere? Good question – I still have to ask a dermatologist. Hopefully it will shed some light and I can share the findings here.)
So, here’s what it looks like: visibly white crusty patches that may be thicker along the hairline, especially the very front, over the forehead. The sides of my hairline are not too affected. I wish it were only the sides instead because at least I’d be able to cover it more effectively. Anyhow, if scratched, the area is pink/red and flaky. It looks exactly like dandruff, just more excessive and whiter and it’s so attached it doesn’t come off as easily. It can itch and you’ll feel an urge to scratch, but I think it’s best not to.
I’m no expert, but I can confirm now that rubbing too hard when washing, scratching, and stressing too much about it can aggravate things. It will be embarrassing, but eventually it will clear up – I know people who have psoriasis.
In the meantime, I’m using this over-the-counter shampoo: Itch and Flake Therapy by Avalon Organics.
• Contains salicylic acid for the treatment and prevention of dandruff
• Relieves scalp dryness, itchiness and flakiness caused by contact dermatitis, seborrheic and psoriasis
• Contains naturally soothing aloe vera, tea tree, chamomile and essential oils
pH Balanced and Biodegradable
Directions for use: For best results, use at least three times each week. Wet hair, lather, massage onto scalp. Rinse and repeat if desired.
Related Article: Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
For more information on how to get rid of dandruff or a scalp psoriasis, as well as be able to buy a medicated shampoo, it is best to see a doctor. But if looking for an over-the-counter solution, this anti-dandruff shampoo may help. Good luck!