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Itchy flaky scalp- maybe even psoriasis? Shampoo please!

(83 Posts)
GnarlyOldGoatDude Sat 01-Apr-17 09:42:30

My poor scalp has always had a tendency to be flaky but it's awful at the moment. I suspect it may be psoriatic as I feel plaque like bits on the skin- can anyone recommend a shampoo that could help please? I've been trying the orange L'Oreal men's Elvive for months after seeing it recommended on MN, but it just hasn't shifted the problem.

Thank you smile

MrsDoylesTeabags Sat 01-Apr-17 12:15:48

Well you could try Nizoral, or anything with Tea Tree in it.
Neutrogena T Gel is good too.
if it's really bad and affecting your heir growth then it may be worth going to your GP who can prescribe medicated shampoo

ItchyFoot Sat 01-Apr-17 12:17:05

I use the body shop ginger shampoo for mine. Works a treat.

GnarlyOldGoatDude Sat 01-Apr-17 13:38:12

Thank you both!

user1490538976 Sat 01-Apr-17 14:34:31

I have the scalp comes off in massive chunks.
Underneath it feels greasy ..
I use a tea tree shampoo

Daisy2315 Sat 01-Apr-17 14:58:34

Dh has had psoriasis on his scalp and I went to lush and they recommended a shampoo which was great and his scalp improved very quickly. I'm sorry I can't remember the name of it though

Daisy2315 Sat 01-Apr-17 14:59:30

Forgot to say this worked much better then all the suggestions from the gp

Notonaschoolnight Sat 01-Apr-17 15:01:26

Have you tried just going sulphate free

EllenJanethickerknickers Sat 01-Apr-17 15:04:50

'Simple' shampoo is the only one I can use these days.

PollyPerky Sat 01-Apr-17 15:08:39

Philip Kingsley for itchy scalp. ££ but works.

You might have eczema and your GP could give you Betnovate lotion to apply.

Milestogobeforewesleep Sat 01-Apr-17 15:09:45

If it's psoriasis then coal tar is your best bet: T-gel is available in chemists. Standard anti-dandruff stuff won't shift it. If T-gel doesn't work, you may need a prescription product.

Whosafraidofabigduckfart Sat 01-Apr-17 15:10:29

My scalp used to react really badly when I was stressed. I used nizoral.

Following a recommendation here I switched to body shop ginger shampoo which gets same results but is a lot cheaper 😄

Milestogobeforewesleep Sat 01-Apr-17 15:13:17

The Lush one is a solid shampoo bar, soak and float. It works but I personally found being solid it was harder to rinse out than T-gel.

thesunwillout Sat 01-Apr-17 15:16:26

My friend swears by the Philip Kingsley one and she has had chronic problems. Had tried everything and they just stung or made it worse.

pinktransit Sat 01-Apr-17 15:21:16

I have scalp psoriasis, and find that Nizoral is ok, and Alphosyl 2 in 1 is good. What has really cleared it though is Epsom salts. If I don't have a bath with a cupful in at least twice a week then it starts to flare up again.
I'll try the Body shop ginger one though to see how that goes.

WrenNatsworthy Sat 01-Apr-17 15:24:44

I use a Faith in Nature one - Lemon and Tea Tree.

Chippednailvarnishing Sat 01-Apr-17 15:26:35

Polytar or the lush shampoo bar mentioned upthread.

bexmwood88 Sat 01-Apr-17 15:28:38

I had the same thing. I had some ointment on prescription from the docs which cleared it up. Now I use Yes to Cucumbers shampoo and conditioner which keeps it at bay. I find anything with sulphates irritates.

user1483387154 Sat 01-Apr-17 15:33:06

I have tried T-gel, tea tree oil, most shop brands of anti dandruff shampoo but by far the best is Kerastase

mbinsider Sat 01-Apr-17 15:33:54

clarifying shampoo! Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Shampoo is amazing for that.

skincarejunkie Sat 01-Apr-17 15:34:31

Yes to Body Shop Ginger, Tgel and Nizoral. PK smells nice but is ££. You can get a stronger Nizoral from the pharmacy too. Good luck. Get your GP to tell you if it's scalp psoriasis or sebhorreic dermatitis as they respond to different ingredients in shampoo. It's a horrid thing, either way. You've my full sympathy!

TheDuchessOfKidderminster Sat 01-Apr-17 15:37:07

The Body Shop ginger shampoo is the best I've found - my scalp feels great, it smells lovely and leaves my hair looking nice and healthy too.

mickeydobbs Sat 01-Apr-17 15:41:30

I have similar, and was led to believe it was psoriasis for years. But actually it is sebhorreic dermatitis (same as cradle cap in babies).

GP recently prescribed Dermax shampoo which you can buy. It worked really well.

I was also prescribed Eumovate cream which is the first cream to work in years. Probably because I was being given treatments for psoriasis not SD.

wheatchief Sat 01-Apr-17 19:42:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dahliaaa Sat 01-Apr-17 19:43:57

Body shop ginger is brilliant

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