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Alphosyl is far superior a shampoo for psoriasis than Polytar
Active ingredient (Coal Tar) is 5% instead of 1%...
It smells nicer, has a nicer texture, and doesn't run out your hand when you are about to apply it.
In case anyone (like me) has been using good old Polytar for the past however many years but hating it - give this one a try. I'm amazed at Polytar actually because they have something called "Polytar Plus" which still only has 1% of the active ingredient. Weird.
Went into my little local chemist the other day and Polytar was sold out and they had Alphosyl on the shelf so I think Polytar has got itself the "unfair share of the market" but give the Alphosyl a try. You'd think at 5% it would stink but it doesn't
And its green not brown, always reassuring (well nearly always)...
By the way PSIloveyou if she is really bad you could try something called Betacap which is the Betnovate scalp application. Obviously you will need a prescription for this from the GP, but it does work if nothing else does.
I am only just at the start of the arthritis at the moment. Have had it about 4-6 weeks or so and on steroids to get me through my holifay to Florida in next fortnight. But need to see a rhuematologist once back, poss this week if possible.
The dairy free thing does seem to be helping the actual psorasis though.
In terms of how resilient your skin on your scalp is( in terms of treatments and steroids) I asked a dermatologist about whether it should be treated like the face. His words 'no, scalps are tough as old boots'. He was talking about my 5 month DC
I dispute anyone that argues that Polytar wasn't the best product on the market. I've used it since I was a teenager and I didn't realise how bad my psoriasis was until I wasn't using it any more. Within weeks I developed huge crusty lumps on my sculp that caught on a comb. I have tried all the other stuff mentioned above and it DOES NOT WORK for me. I managed to get hold of a few small bottles - at huge expense and within a month the lumps have gone
Come on Glaxo Smith Kline - pull your finger out and get it in production.
I've suffered from scalp psoriasis for about 20 years and find that regular use of any shampoo loses its effectiveness and can make my scalp worse - my bathroom looks like a chemists I have so many half-used bottles! I don't have a miracle cure but the best I find is a combination of (very messy) Cocois and Diprosalic Ointment - both on prescription. Hate it!