Understanding Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic, inflammatory condition that comes and goes. Symptoms may include irritation, itching, redness, and flaking. Scalp psoriasis may extend beyond the scalp onto the forehead, back of the neck, and skin around the ears. About 50% of people living with psoriasis have scalp psoriasis1. People with scalp psoriasis may feel ashamed, embarrassed and self-conscious about having this condition2,3.

How is Scalp Psoriasis Different Than Dandruff?

Scalp psoriasis and dandruff are common conditions that affect the scalp. These two conditions share some similar signs and symptoms. If you are not sure what condition you have, please see your Doctor. The pictures and descriptions below may help you.

Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp Psoriasis

  • Red skin covered with flakes and silvery scales
  • Patches that may extend beyond the hairline or appear on other parts of the body
  • Itching or soreness


  • Skin flakes (dandruff) that may attach to the scalp and hair shaft
  • Skin flakes in your hair and on your shoulders
  • Possibly itching

Source: Mayo Clinic
1. Merola, et al (2016) Prevalence of psoriasis phenotypes among men and women in the USA. Clin Exp Dermatol. Vol. 41: 486-489.
2. Sampogna, et al (2014) Quality of Life assessment of patients with scalp dermatitis using the Italian version of the Scalpdex. Acta Derm Venereol. Vol. 94:411-414.
3. Armstrong, et al (2012) Quality of Life and work productivity Impairment among psoriasis patients: findings from the national psoriasis foundation survey data 2003-2011. . PLoS ONE 7(12): e52935. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052935

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