Up until now, this is still my battle..
Since I can remember, I have always battled some sort of eczema, dermatitis patches coming and going on my body at different times, but three years ago, I felt a small bump in the back of my head which over next weeks spread over my scalp. I was exactly 30 years old.
For the period of these three years, different dermatologist gave different opinions for my condition. My scalp was burning and inflammed, red patches, really heavy dandruff, itching that would drive me insane. The diagnosis they came up with first was fungal infection which was completely wrong since over the counter products and creams for this condition only made mine worse.
From eczema, seborrheic dermatitis to psoriasis, all these were doctors different diagnosis. Everything pointed out to psoriasis, although no one in my family, back three generations, had the disease. And it did not show anywhere else on my body.
The journey with different medications and products started a long time ago, so this is my honest effort to help someone with the same issue..
When I accepted my diagnosis for scalp psoriasis, then began my research and the effort to get rid of this problem. I started with a corticosteroid shampoo Clobex which did not help at all. After the first wash my scalp was so dry and flaky that it was scary and after about a week and a half I realized it will not help me. After that I have tried multiple different shampoos and moisturizing products that really did not help.
Next in line over the counter products is Nizoral shampoo which provided some relief in terms of my skin burning less, but the itching and the dandruff was still present. The best products that I have found in terms of a shampoo, are Alpecin shampoo and Neutrogena coal tar shampoo. The first one eliminates the dandruff in such a way almost 95 percent, but the other symptoms stay pretty much the same. The coal tar shampoo seems to work the best for my condition, however, I will now explain that I have turned to other types of remedies, the natural ones.
The shampoos I tested..
The one thing I have learned is that, no scalp psoriasis /dermatitis is the same for everyone. So if a certain product helps someone else and not you, you should not despair.. You just need to focus on finding something that will suit your skin best.
What I have found is that, my skin was cracking, flaking and missing moisture desperately, my scalp was full of wounds from scratching and I was not able to sleep normally. So my mother suggested to try a remedy that she got from our grandma, oil of lily flower she made herself.
They used it for years on us when we had sunburn, any type of burn to be honest, skin cut, irritation etc, and the results and healing was amazing. I tapped it with a cotton bud and massaged all over my scalp every night for two weeks, I would hold it on my head for about 2 hours and then wash my hair normally. I was so surprised by the results, the wounds I had healed completely, the itching was much smaller, my skin overall felt so much better.
I was overwhelmed with joy. When I investigated a bit I found out the benefits this oil actually had! The oil contains potent moisturizing and soothing properties which helps to prevent dry skin and skin cracks. You can use it all over your body and even as a facial moisturizer to promote moisturized and healthy skin as well as to eliminate appearances of dry, flaky skin.
The magic of oils..
In my case, it was combined with olive oil (that is how it is made in my family). After this, I tried coconut oil as well, and these treatments actually helped the most. The battle is still ongoing as I mentioned but I am not giving up now that I have found a relief..
Hopefully, my story will help you in your battle..
Don't give up!
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Ivana Divac from Serbia on July 11, 2020:
Thank you for being brave and sharing your story! I'm glad you managed to find something that will help you out. It's important never to give up. Take care and best regards.