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Which shampoo is best to use to remove dead skin caused by psoriasis?

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Use a salicylic acid shampoo. Available by prescription and over the counter, this product helps break down scales. You may need to leave the shampoo on the scalp for about 5 minutes. Use as directed by the label. For some people, salicylic acid can cause temporary hair loss.

After using the salicylic acid shampoo, follow with a regular shampoo. This will make sure you get rid of any odd “medicine” smell and make your hair easier to style.

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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