(Closed) Psoriasis

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
387 posts
Helper bee

I have psoriasis on my scalp!  I’ve had it for about 10 years now, and it is a HUGE pain in the rear!  There are upsides and downsides to having it where I have it:  nobody but me knows it’s there unless I tell them yet the skin flakes get caught in my hair and look like dandruff!  Not to mention, nothing works on my scalp bc it makes my hair look gross!

My uncle has it on his elbows and he uses this spray for it from this doctor and it really helps!!

I wish you luck, and I completely commiserate with you!  It’s like a bad habit now for me to pick my head because it itches and hurts!  ugh!

Post # 5
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t know if you’re already doing this… but my Darling Husband has it pretty bad on his arms/elbows and he uses lotion just once a day after he showers to lock in the moisture and that seems to work well for him.

Post # 7
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My dad has pretty bad plaque psoriasis. He uses 1% cortizone cream that he gets from his dermatologist, and it seems to help with the itching. He also uses Eucerine and Aquafore several times a day.

When I was little he used to do that light therapy. I’m sure it’s not good for your skin, especially since he’s prone to skin cancer, but it really helped clear up the patches. His always gets better in the summertime or when he’s in the sun a lot, too.


Good luck! Kim Kardashian has psoriasis…so it’ll probably be fashionable someday soon πŸ™‚

Post # 9
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I too suffer from psoriasis πŸ™  I use the following creams regularly: dovonex, elidel, and a corticosteroid cream fluocinonide. 

@LaviniaRose2013: I use fluocinolone on my scalp & it works best for me if I put it on when my hair is wet (like right after a shower) and then dab it with a towel to rub it in.  It dries with my hair so it doesn’t look oily.  Might be worth a try πŸ™‚

Also there are a lot of products like enbrel, methotrexate, and other immunosuppressants but they have some pretty crazy side effects so unless you have really bad psoriasis I’d avoid those if possible, or use them for a short course to get it under control then maintain with creams.

Oh yea, almost forgot- sunlight helps.  I know it’s winter and all, but some dermatology offices have UV lamps (less invasive & the only real side effect is a tan!!)

Post # 10
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I hope a fellow Bee doesn’t mind me sharing a PM, but I had to share a PM I got this morning:

“Good Morning!

So on the beauty tricks thread the other day you posted about Bag Balm… so I bought some from Walgreens and have been using it for 2 nights now and I swear it healed my skin up …probably 85% of the dryness and redness is gone… just thought I would share because now I am a Bag Balm enthusiast and I have only been using it for a couple of days!

My Fiance has psoriasis so I had him put some on his elbows ( always a trouble spot) and it even helped clear up more on the dryness in one night than his prescription cream.

So thank you for sharing!”

Bag Balm! It works!

Post # 12
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World

I get psoriasis on my scalp. I used a medicated serum from the doctor for awhile but it didnt help. Then I eliminated all lotions, shampoos, and soaps that contain sulphites, and started using Neutrogena T-Gel (it is brown and doesnt smell good but it works!), and the psoriasis has been so much better. Now it only flares up when I am really run down. Maybe eliminating products with sulphites would work for you too?

Post # 13
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@KatyElle: I love bag balm!  I’ve been using it for 10 years.  My husband despises it and if I put it on my lips and then go in for a kiss, he wipes it away.  πŸ™‚  My mom’s a pharmacist and got me a tub despite my protests of it “being for cows” and now I can’t use anything else all year ’round.  πŸ™‚  I’m so glad to find someone else who loves bag balm.

Post # 14
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Like PPs, I have it on my scalp as well. My doctor says it flares up when I am stressed. I use medicated shampoos once a week and have noticed that when I am active and exercising regularly it goes away…as I think exercise is a stress reliever. I’m not sure if you are a regular exerciser, but perhaps that will help too, in addition to creams and balms.

Post # 15
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have it but haven’t had an eruption/outbreak/whatever you want to call it in a few years. what worked for me was Olux-E (clobetasol propionate) foam from my dermatologist. :]

Post # 16
4366 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I have had the guttate form in the past.  Whole body including face (and eyelids) and genitals. It’s horrid.  I only have it on my scalp and a tiny bit on my elbow. Mostly I just put up with it.

@MsPanda: I use Aveeno.  But you can also use just oats.  Personally I found that the steroid creams and and emolliants didn’t help much. Made it less itchy I guess but didn’t reduce it.  I eventually had PUVA treatment.  It was keeping me awake at night and I had exams.  I can’t recomend it more!

Stress doesn’t help πŸ™

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