Is It Dandruff or Psoriasis?

September 9, 2020

When you see white flakes and spots on your clothing, you probably jump to the assumption that you have regular, run-of-the-mill dandruff.  However, those flakes could be a sign of a more life-impacting skin condition—Psoriasis. So how do you tell the difference? Here are some key clues.

How big are the flakes?

Larger flakes are more likely to be psoriasis than dandruff. Dandruff usually forms due to dry scalp; and when that is the case, changing shampoo is enough to solve the problem. But if the flakes are very large, it is more likely to be a scalp condition such as psoriasis. 

What color are the flakes?

Most of the time, dandruff is going to be white or almost white. It will come down on your shoulders during activity, brushing, or styling, and look like tiny white specks on your clothing. But when the flakes are a color other than white, you might need to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Some larger yellow flakes could also be a common scalp condition called Seborrheic Dermatitis.

Does anything help?

If you have tried dandruff shampoos and have found no relief, chances are you have psoriasis or another scalp condition. Dandruff shampoos are mostly designed to nourish and hydrate the scalp. Scalp conditions like psoriasis can’t be treated in the same way. 

If you believe you may have psoriasis or another severe scalp condition, contact us today to schedule your appointment at 866-967-3376.

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