While fewer Blacks are diagnosed with psoriasis than other ethnicities, the condition still causes some concern. That’s because the condition’s characteristic lesions and rashes can present differently on Black skin. These differences can make it difficult to diagnose in Black people, which in turn leads to many people dealing with psoriasis on their own. To make matters worse, psoriasis doesn’t only affect the areas you can get to easily. Many people with this skin disorder have to contend with an itchy scalp while trying to keep their hair healthy. If that sounds familiar, here are a few ways you can effectively deal with that issue at home.
1. Baking soda
With this simple treatment, you only need one tablespoon of baking soda in a small glass of water. You can use a cotton ball to apply the solution directly to the affected areas or pour it all over the scalp. You can use it as often as necessary to alleviate an itchy scalp.
2. Aloe vera
The aloe vera plant has been shown to be effective at soothing itchy skin as well as healing irritation. Products that contain as little as 0.5% of the plant will be helpful but if you can get aloe vera, that can work as well. Use the gel from the plant on your scalp and wash your hair thoroughly afterward.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Whether diluted or not, you can pour apple cider vinegar on your scalp to alleviate the itch. Allow it to dry then wash your hair thoroughly. Make sure there is no broken skin, though, as the vinegar will burn and cause irritation in that case.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric come from ingesting it rather than applying it to the affected areas. You can add the natural herb to your diet but supplements may work just as well.
Oatmeal has well-documented soothing properties when it comes to irritated and flaking skin. In this case, it’s recommended that you add a cup of raw ground oats to a warm bath and soak your scalp for at least 15 minutes.
6. Epsom Salts
Adding Epsom salts to your bath water is another option. After soaking your scalp for at least 15 minutes, you should feel some relief from the persistent itchiness. It’s advisable to use a good moisturizer after this soak.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil may have some anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help with an itchy scalp. You can either use hair products that contain the oil or use a bit of the oil itself. Bear in mind that some people have an allergic reaction to the product though so test it on a small area of your skin first.