PSORIASIS treatments for the scalp vary from unpleasant-smelling topical treatments to hospital light treatment. But Johanne Herald, Master Stylist at Charles Worthington, recommends this hypoallergenic Kérastase treatment.
Psoriasis isn’t just painful and itchy, it can be embarrassing and unsightly. Sufferers often make their symptoms worse by worrying about the condition and picking at the scabs.
Going to the hairdresser can be an uncomfortable experience but Johanne Herald, Master Stylist at Charles Worthington, has revealed her tricks of the trade.
The hair professional explained what she would suggest for psoriasis sufferers with scalp issues.
She said: “Psoriasis is often down to stress, I would recommend a good massage or facial to detox the body/skin followed by a scalp detox shampoo (hypoallergenic & with eucalyptus and peppermint).
“I would then offer an in-salon treatment using the Kérastase Spécifique range.”
She explained once the treatment is applied they then run an in-salon diagnostic on the hair – testing its strength and condition.
The customer is then advised to continue the treatment at home for a further three weeks.
Psoriasis occurs due to an over-reaction of the immune system, which causes inflammation and rapid growth of skin cells.
Johanne’s top tips come after it was announced thousands of patients with the psoriasis will now be able to access the drug called Otezla on the NHS.
Caralyn Burton, 51, who has psoriasis, explained the drug has been ‘life-changing’.
“My mother and my father had psoriasis, different types one plaque, one guttate and I developed it in 2002 at the age of 37,”
“I started with plaque psoriasis and I had full body coverage, I had like treatment at Chelsea hospital and was clear for maybe a year or two.
“I was then referred back in to hospital a couple years later for full body coverage again and have had various amounts of light treatment but you can only have light treatment when you are fully covered as it can damage good skin and there is also risk of cancer.
“Also your body can only withstand so many hours of light treatment throughout life.”
If left untreated, psoriasis can progress to further complications – increasing the risk people will be diagnosed with arthritis.
Patients can spend most of their lives trying multiple treatments that can control the disease, but often these can stop working or are ineffective.