Is Psoriasis Limiting Your Hair Style Choices? Here Are A Few Ways to Combat That
Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by scaly and flaky skin patches that turn red when scratched. Although the condition is noncontagious, it is also incurable once you get it.
Needless to say, patients living with this condition need to be extremely careful about chemicals they come into contact with as they can cause mild to severe irritation. Others can lead to a flare-up, intensifying the number of patches on the skin.
While psoriasis may have several subtypes, scalp psoriasis happens to be one of the most common ones. Just from its very name, you should gather that the scaly patches, which can also be crusty, are localized on the scalp. And although scalp psoriasis isn’t the same as dandruff, most commercially available shampoos are designed to treat either condition.
As already mentioned, psoriasis is incurable, but scalp psoriasis shouldn’t limit you into trying out new things with your hair, especially when it comes to dyeing. All the same, you have to be extra careful to avoid aggravating your situation.
So, what cheat codes are available to circumnavigate the limitations of this condition? Well, first, you have to open up to your hairdresser about it. It seems like something very trivial but if they’re in the dark and they use the wrong hair product on you, things could go from zero to a hundred in a jiffy.
If they aren’t that well-versed with scalp psoriasis, be sure to provide them with as much information as you can, and they can then make an informed decision when choosing out a dye for you.
You should also do a patch test, and Healthline term this the safest approach for anyone with the skin condition. The test involves applying your dye of choice to a small hair patch, with the back of your neck being the best place to try this out, being that it is very sensitive and it’s where most adverse reactions would hit. Keep the dye on you for at least 24 hours, and if there’s no reaction by then, you are safe to proceed.
Additionally, you should be careful not to let the dye touch your face. Luckily, this is a problem that a little petroleum jelly solves instantly. Apply it along your hairline, and it’ll act as a barrier between your hair and your face, potentially avoiding a flare-up.
If you were really looking forward to dyeing then a flare-up hits, postpone the treatment altogether. For one, a flare causes your hair to clamp, so there’s no way your dyeing will come out evenly, but the even bigger issue is that a flare puts you at a higher risk of adverse reactions.
Most hair dyes have the ingredient PPD, otherwise known as p-phenylenediamine. Healthline reports that this particular molecule is responsible for most allergic conditions caused by hair dye, so you’d be doing yourself a favor by avoiding its products.
Henna is an appropriate alternative for those avoiding PPD, but not the black type. This one contains high levels of the molecule, making it more likely to react with your skin.
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