The Causes of Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis can affect your scalp, sure, but it can also affect other areas that are close to your scalp. You could experience raised, reddish, scaly patches on your forehead, back of your neck, and ears.

What Causes Scalp Psoriasis?

You can’t catch it from someone else. Doctors don’t know for sure what causes it, but it likely comes from something being wrong with your immune system. Scalp psoriasis is caused by your skin cells growing too quickly and build up into patches. You are more likely to develop this overgrowth if scalp psoriasis runs in your family. Half of the 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis develop it on their scalp. Some people find their scalp psoriasis to be mild and unnoticeable, but others experience a severe and long-lasting case involving thick, crusted sores and intense itching.


Intense itching can affect your quality of life and even lead to infection or hair loss. It’s important to pay attention to your skin and catch your psoriasis developing.

If you notice any of the following, talk to your doctor about getting tested and the available treatments for scalp psoriasis.

  • Burning or soreness
  • Dandruff-like flaking
  • Dry scalp
  • Hair loss
  • Itching
  • Scaly, red, bumpy patches
  • Silvery-white scales

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