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SCALP PROBLEMS

Explore our guides to scalp conditions including scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis with tips and advice from our experts.

Seborrheic dermatitis
Scalp psoriasis

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is essentially a more intense or extreme form of dandruff.

It’s a skin disorder that affects areas of the body where sebum – the natural oil produced by your skin cells – is produced, including:

  • the scalp

  • face

  • upper torso

It’s caused by the same factors that cause dandruff, responding with more extreme symptoms of flaky, itchy or redskin.

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Scalp psoriasis

Psoriasis is a somewhat rare genetic condition causing dry, scaly skin that affects just 3% of people around the world.

Like dandruff, it causes an accelerated shedding of skin cells – usually grey or silver flaky patches on the skin, which are red and irritated underneath.

The areas affected by psoriasis can include:

  • elbows

  • knees

  • navel

  • palms

  • groin

  • scalp

  • face

  • upper torso

Psoriasis has a genetic link and tends to run in families – about 30% of people with a close relative who has psoriasis develop the condition.

Scalp psoriasis tips and advice