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Which oils are best to soften and remove dead skin caused by psoriasis?

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Roughly half of people with psoriasis get scales on their scalp. Thick scales on your forehead, hairline, behind your ears, or on the back of your neck can be softened with coconut, olive, or peanut oil. Massage a small amount into your scalp, then put on a shower cap overnight, and shampoo in the morning. Repeat for two or three nights. The dead skin should soften and wash away.

You can use a comb to lift off the softened scale. Hold it almost flat, and gently move it in a circular motion. Don’t scrape your scalp.

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Psoriasis.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Over-the-Counter (OTC) Topicals,” “Herbal and Natural Remedies.”

Jacobi, A. , March 2015. Dermatology and Therapy

Akamine, K. , August 2013. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Coal Tar,” “Psoriasis: Recommendations for salicyclic acid.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Salicylic acid.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Scalp Psoriasis.”

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Psoriasis: An Algorithm-Based Approach for Primary Care Physicians.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 27, 2016

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Psoriasis.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Over-the-Counter (OTC) Topicals,” “Herbal and Natural Remedies.”

Jacobi, A. , March 2015. Dermatology and Therapy

Akamine, K. , August 2013. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Coal Tar,” “Psoriasis: Recommendations for salicyclic acid.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Salicylic acid.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Scalp Psoriasis.”

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Psoriasis: An Algorithm-Based Approach for Primary Care Physicians.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 27, 2016

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