I would try soaking the skin before you apply your topicals. You can find answers to common questions like these Here https://new.reddit.com/r/Psoriasis/wiki/index?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf, Whatever you do, please don't do that. share. If you’re in the US, Trader Joe’s has a decent one. :cool: Nice to meet you. Highly unusual for me since I'm normally up scratching! It’s very bad for me as I sometimes search my scalp for scales to pick which results in my scalp bleeding in some places. The red rash of plaque psoriasis is generally sheathed in gleaming white “scales,” which are extremely dead skin cells.The surface layer of scales can without much of a stretch chip away, however those fair underneath will in general stick together. You can simply wash off the scale with water and your fingers, or use salicylic acid to remove it. The underlying cause of psoriasis is not known, as of November 2010, and it usually appears in young adults. These skin cells accumulate, forming thick silvery scales and dry, red patches that are sometimes itchy or painful. Most salicylic acid products are marketed for acne and hence could be drying. 1.) Previous Next 1 of 8 Types of psoriasis. Good luck, I was actually able to sleep through the night! Certain baths, lotions, sponges to use etc. Get Rid of scales night before UVB treatment, soriataine question? Before I knew what I had, in the back of my head, I began to use just plain lotion, on it. I try to tell him it's not like having a wound and picking a scab off.... it's like you literally have these flakes that are most of the time not … When it affects the skin it commonly appears as red scaly elevated patches called plaques. https://new.reddit.com/r/Psoriasis/wiki/index?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf. When there is nothing to pick I have it under control. Don't use your fingernails to scrub your scalp when you wash your hair. As you pick scales, your hair will also fall down. Dab the cotton ball on your psoriasis patches. Its a thing for some people, I think. Request a prescription-strength cream or cleanser from your doctor to treat stubborn scales. (This makes it easier for medications to do their job.) Send help. I too find that I pick slightly less when I frequently descale - but that procedure is honestly so tedious I don't so it often enough. Fay. Hello jnjfraz! According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, around half of all psoriasis sufferers will experience psoriasis of the scalp. Avoid very hot showers or baths, as this can further dry the skin. When I put a topical on my P spots, should I flake/peel off the bad skin just before? However, they should be counseled to avoid this practice, which could cause an infection. The active ingredient in Dovonex is easily inactivated, particularly by acidic compounds like salicylic acid. Scratching and picking psoriasis plaques. cut or bite fingernails SHORT. Wish I could give better advice. I've used it when my skin gets really thick. Protopic is a miracle for my face. Scalp psoriasis is a common skin disorder that makes raised, reddish, often scaly patches. He told us that doing such could very much spread the affected area. Hello it sounds like Mike has given you some great advice. join me over on r/compulsiveskinpicking, Keep your fingernails short, wear a baseball cap, get lots of exercise and keep yourself busy so you’re not bored. Many community members state they have found over-the-counter moisturizers or emollients that work for them, others find that a prescription from the physician works better. Salicylic acid: Also found in acne medicines, it’s one of the most common treatments for psoriasis. The only thing I have found really helps is reducing the scales in the first instance. Instead, Dr. Steven Feldman (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) suggests putting on an ointment or oil-like medication to soften the scale. I would then pick out the softened stuff in the morning..then shower and shampoo. Apply a pea-sized amount of salicylic acid ointment to a clean cotton ball. Sometimes I would try to see how much skin I could pull off without tearing it (I know strange). Yeah me too, when I descale I can tell myself there’s nothing there to pick at so the urge reduces slightly. This is me. Also, since the scales grow around the hair follicle, we're essentially picking the scales off each hair follicle which definitely damages it over time. 8 Replies. The lotion doesnt make the hair greasy...so it all washes out. ** Originally posted by JustDucky ** For treatment to be effective, you need to apply the medicine or medicated shampoo to your scalp. I'd suggest trying apple cider vinegar (diluted with water), using tea tree oil, Neem oil and see if any of these work for you. However, it’s also possible to itch in areas of your body that aren’t covered by psoriasis scales. The nice thing with olive oil is that it washes out of hair pretty easily, not the case with Aquaphor (I tried it once on my scalp and had hair that looked like it was from 1950's for a few days). 10 Replies, even though my psoriasis has improved alot in the past 3 months but lately i been itching and peeling somewhat--i moisterize twice a day. It’s very bad for me as I sometimes search my scalp for scales to pick … I never had it spread from that..but, I dont think its so good, because it hurts. Dry, cracked skin that may bleed 4. I’ve read the descaling guide repeatedly but I always seem to lose hair, a lot, when I descale. I am determined to find a natural remedy that works for me. Mikel, ** Originally posted by MikeK ** ** Originally posted by Mikel ** A thin coating of salicylic acid ointment should cover the psoriasis patches. Scalp and forehead peeling driving me nuts, http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=10988, http://www.psoriasis.org/treatment/psoriasis/topicals/dovonex.php, http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3351&highlight=scaring. 19 Replies, The psoriasis (at least the derm thinks it's P vs seborrhea dermatitis) on my scalp, hairline and forehead is driving me nuts with the flaking ... Even when I descale there are still scales. 8 Replies, ** Originally posted by slg ** I am 12 weeks off of Amevive and using UVB 2x/week. Be careful with it though. This has been going on for about 5+ years now, and I can't stop no matter how much I want to. Feel like I’m going to end I bald. I'm sort of new to this P thing. Thickened, pitted or ridged nails 6. Hi Mikel, But dandruff flakes are different from the chunks When I was 90-percent covered I could sit for minutes at a time and pick and pull at my plaques. This discussion is closed to comments. I would seperate the hair..and try to rub it on the scalp. I was going to start this as a new thread but I thought this one will do. Large flakes falling off your scalp could be very embarrassing. Honestly I understand it is very tedious, I find myself picking a lot more when I’m stressed personally, Heyo. Some medications, i.e., Dovonex, with salicylic acid because the salicylic acid can actually deactivate the Dovonex. Hi jnjfraz, I am on soriataine (for about 7 day snow) and both of my hands and fingers ... Preparing psoriasis scales An important first step before removing scales is to cover the affected area with either a moisturizer that is thicker in nature or an emollient. Tea tree oil (diluted) has been very good for controlling my psoriasis, I like to use a few drops mixed with coconut oil, it helps with the itching/soreness created by me picking and scratching. The scales can actually act as a barrier that prevent the medication from attacking the psoriasis, so loose scales can and should be gently removed. I have scalp psoriasis and I have had it for quite some time now, however I have a habit of picking scabs (anywhere on my body) so of course I do not hesitate to pick the scales from my head. Protopic is a miracle for my face. Psoriasis plaques frequently occur on the elbows and knees, but can affect any area of skin including the scalp and genital area. More than 10 milligram of omega-3 fatty acids necessarily cure psoriasis epidermis layer. It will help it get thinner. Apply more ointment to the cotton ball, if necessary. This is a topic that really confussed me because we have had derms who have said to sluff off the scales in the shower and then we changed doctors and started seeing Dr. Menter (the president of the international psoriasis coucil). Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. ** Originally posted by partial ** Thanks so much.... you can read and read and not quite know what to do. My question is the same as the original question here, what can I do to lift the scale on my scalp. 10 Replies, ** Originally posted by JKNY ** After five days of S, my elbows are peeling big time! MG217 (http://www.mg217.com) makes a salicylic acid ointment that I highly recommend. The problem is that I can't stop picking and peeling off the psoriasis (flakes). It look better but never really cleared it up really helps is reducing the scales patches appear. A symptom of an underlying condition called dermatillomania is there anyone who picks at or the... 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