5 Home Remedies for Scalp Psoriasis

Although this is a chronic illness, some natural treatments can help improve scalp psoriasis and control its symptoms.
5 Home Remedies for Scalp Psoriasis
José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli

Reviewed and approved by the doctor José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli.

Last update: 13 August, 2022

Scalp psoriasis is an immune system disorder that, as the Mayo Clinic states in this report, causes a buildup of cells on the surface of the skin. These form thick, silvery or reddish scales that often cause pain.

It can extend to the back of the neck and behind the ears, causing itching, burning and one or several scabs which do not look aesthetically pleasant. Furthermore, although it’s not contagious, and can manifest mildly, many people treat the symptoms to keep it from worsening.

While there are many conventional creams and shampoos which help control it, there are also several low-cost, natural solutions with similar benefits. In this article, we want to share five effective remedies to try if you’re faced with this condition.

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1. Yogurt-banana for scalp psoriasis

Prevent psoriasis of the scalp

This yogurt and banana mask has hydrating properties that help to minimize the scales caused by the psoriasis of the scalp.

On one hand, green bananas have antioxidant properties (according to this study conducted by the National University of Colombia).

On the other, yogurt has the ability to soothe irritation, according to research conducted by the Universidad Regional Autónoma de Los Andes in Cuba. Thus, its natural acids restore skin pH and help soothe itching and burning.


  • 6 tbsp. of natural yogurt (120 g.)
  • 1 ripe banana


  • Firstly, pour the yogurt into a bowl and mix it with a ripe banana until you have a creamy paste

Method of application

  • Separate the hair into chunks and spread the paste throughout the affected areas of the scalp
  • Then, allow it to do its thing for 30 minutes and then, rinse
  • Then, use at least three times a week until the problem reduces

2. Aloe vera-olive oil

Because of its regenerating, healing and moisturizing properties, this aloe vera cream (according to this study conducted by the Hospital Clínico Quirúrgico Docente Provincial “Amalia Simoni Argilagos” Camagüey, in Cuba) and olive oil (according to this study conducted by the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, in Brazil) can help reduce the severity of psoriasis.

Futhermore, applying it regularly helps get rid of scabs and reduces dryness and irritation.


  • 6 tbsp. of aloe vera (90 g.)
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil (48 g.)


  • Firstly, place the ingredients in the blender and blend them until they’re well mixed

Method of application

  • Wet the hair and carefully rub the treatment into the whole scalp
  • Then, allow it to act for 30 minutes and then, rinse
  • Then, repeat treatment twice a week

3. Garlic-coconut oil

Garlic and coconut oil

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic combined with the moisturizing action of coconut oil can facilitate scalp cleansing in the face of psoriasis outbreaks. At least according to a study conducted by the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China.

Furthermore, their active components improve the circulation and, by improving the oxygenation of the scalp, accelerate relief from this problem.


  • 2 cloves of raw garlic
  • 3 tbsp. of coconut oil (45 g.)


  • Firstly, crush the garlic cloves and mix them with the coconut oil

Method of application

  • Spread the treatment on the affected areas and leave it to act for 20 minutes
  • Then, rinse with abundant cold water and repeat two to three times a week

4. Oats-honey remedy for scalp psoriasis

The combination of oats and honey offers us a gentle treatment to hydrate the scalp and remove dead cells. The first is very nutritious; the second has healing properties, as stated in this study by the “Cira García” Clinica Central in Cuba.

Also, their active compounds calm the irritation and itching sensation and, little by little, reduce the presence of scales.


  • 2 tbsp. of oat flour (20 g.)
  • 3 tbsp. of honey (50 g.)


  • Firstly, mix the oat flour with the honey and, if you consider it necessary, add a splash of water to make the paste creamier

Method of application

  • Apply the treatment to the whole scalp and leave it to act for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Then, rinse and repeat use three times a week

5. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Applying apple cider vinegar stimulates the blood circulation in the little blood vessels of the skin and, thanks to this, improves the state of the scalp. So says this study conducted by the University of Bridgeport (United States).

In addition, its natural acids re-establish the skin pH to normal levels and soften the scales to ease their removal.


  • 1/2 c. of apple cider vinegar (125 ml.)
  • 1 c. of water (250 ml.)


  • Firstly, dilute the apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water

Method of application

  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it onto your whole scalp
  • Then, allow it to act for 20 minutes and then, rinse
  • Then, repeat this application every day until your symptoms go away

Try one of the above-mentioned treatments if you have any symptoms of scalp psoriasis. While the results aren’t immediate, you’ll see improvement after several applications.

Finally, if the problem persists, consult a doctor or dermatologist.

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