How to Use a Psoriasis Shampoo and Conditioner
by Michael Marenick on Jun 14, 2016
Look For an All-In-One Shampoo
If you suffer with scalp psoriasis or dandruff problems a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner can benefit your condition considerably. Unfortunately many people buy these products and don’t use them correctly. When using a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner it is very important to follow the instructions that are listed on the product.
What to Look for in a Psoriasis Shampoo and Conditioner
Unless your condition is severe you should be able to find a quality psoriasis shampoo and conditioner at your local pharmacy. These products will be specifically labeled for the treatment of psoriasis and will likely contain either salicylic acid or coal tar as an active ingredient. Both of these ingredients are recognized by the FDA for their ability to treat the symptoms of scalp psoriasis and dandruff. Both of these ingredients will help your scalp to more quickly remove the dead skin cells that occur with psoriasis and dandruff. More often than not you will find these shampoos combined with a conditioner. The reason for this is because the two active ingredients can dry out your scalp and hair if used alone. Since many people in their daily lives don’t use a conditioner the manufacturers combine the two to ensure proper use and to simplify the treatment. Some of the conditioning ingredients you should look for in a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner should include:
Acidifiers are ingredients that regulate the acidity or the pH of the product. By adjusting the pH to around 3.5 the product will help smooth out your hair and give it that soft feeling we are familiar with after using a conditioning shampoo.
For our hair to look healthy and have a nice shine it needs to be naturally moist. Humectants ingredients like almond oil are often used to help hold moisture in.
Surfactants are really the cleaners in your shampoo. Basically they lower the surface tension of the water and help to easily remove dirt and oil from the hair.
Hydrolyzed Keratin, a protein that will help nourish and strengthen the hair. Silicones, help produce a brilliant shine and prevent hair from getting damaged due to heat. Natural oils like coconut or olive oil can penetrate the hair and help it become more flexible so it won’t break off.
So How Do You Use a Psoriasis Shampoo and Conditioner Properly?
A psoriasis shampoo and conditioner must be left on the scalp for 2-3 minutes to get any benefit. The active ingredients need time to work and be effective in treating your psoriasis or dandruff problem. Most people lather in their shampoo and begin washing it out typically in less than 60 seconds. If you do this with a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner you will literally be washing your money down the drain.
For best results you should lather in the psoriasis shampoo and conditioner at the beginning of your shower. Then you can take some time to wash your body while the product is working. By using this method it reduces the time you are thinking about how long it has been on your head. Two to three minutes sounds like a short time but if you would actually watch the clock it would feel like an eternity. Waiting till the end and shampooing almost never works. Most people will not wait out the full 2-3 minutes. Then they will think this psoriasis shampoo and conditioner doesn’t work. The bottom line… If you don’t use a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner correctly it won’t work.
Read, Learn and Use the psoriasis shampoo and conditioner Correctly
Don’t rush. Take the time to read the label on the product you purchase. Follow the direction closely and you will get the best results. The way you use your daily shampoo is not the way you should use a psoriasis shampoo and conditioner.