Psoriasis & Hair Loss: Understanding the Connection

Psoriasis & Hair Loss - Understanding the Connection
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects roughly 2-3 percent of the population. According to data available in the United States, psoriasis affects around 7.5 million people, with approximately half experiencing scalp psoriasis. While temporary hair loss is a potential side effect of psoriasis, it is relatively rare as the sole cause of significant hair loss. However, those with psoriasis can experience challenges managing the condition, which can cause significant psychological and emotional stress. 

In this article, we’ll delve into the relationship between psoriasis and hair loss, provide tips to prevent hair loss due to scalp psoriasis, and discuss how scalp micropigmentation can be a solution for permanent hair loss.

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Psoriasis & Hair Loss - Understanding the Connection

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Risk of Scalp Micropigmentation When Psoriasis is Active

It is important to note that while scalp micropigmentation can be a solution for permanent hair loss due to conditions like alopecia or male pattern baldness, scalp psoriasis requires special attention. When a person has an active episode of scalp psoriasis, a scalp micropigmentation treatment is not recommended because there is a risk of making the condition worse. Before undergoing scalp micropigmentation, it is crucial to speak with a dermatologist to manage the condition.

Understanding Hair Loss Due to Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis occurs due to the excessive buildup of skin cells on the scalp, which causes scaling and flaking. This overproduction of skin cells can affect the hair follicles, leading to hair loss. Living with scalp psoriasis can be an uncomfortable and painful experience, and the condition can be challenging to identify and diagnose. Many patients are initially diagnosed with dermatitis before a definitive diagnosis is made.

Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis

People with scalp psoriasis experience several symptoms. Common symptoms include scaling, redness, and itching on the scalp. In severe cases of scalp psoriasis, patients may also experience pain and hair loss. While hair loss due to scalp psoriasis is relatively uncommon, it can still be a source of stress and anxiety for patients.

Risk Factors for Hair Loss Due to Psoriasis

While scalp psoriasis is a potential risk factor for hair loss, several other risk factors can lead to hair loss. For instance, temporary hair loss can be due to severe stress, hormonal changes, or a nutrient-deficient diet. Permanent hair loss can be due to male pattern baldness, alopecia, or hereditary factors.

Preventing Hair Loss Due to Scalp Psoriasis

While there is no definitive cure for scalp psoriasis, several strategies can reduce its symptoms and prevent hair loss. The following are tips that can be helpful in managing scalp psoriasis:

1. Choose the Right Products. To mitigate scalp psoriasis, it is crucial to be selective with the products used on your scalp. Consult with a dermatologist to identify gentle options that are suitable for the condition.

2. Moisturize. Using a safe conditioner recommended by a dermatologist can help moisturize the scalp. Shampoo alone can cause further dryness on the scalp.

3. Wash with Cold Water. Cold showers can reduce inflammation associated with psoriasis. In contrast, hot showers can exacerbate the condition.

4. Skip the Blow Dryer. Blow dryers and other heated styling tools should be avoided as the heat can contribute to dryness and damage the scalp, making the psoriasis symptoms worse.

5. A Well-balanced Diet. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins D and B12 are essential for maintaining healthy skin. A dermatologist can recommend supplements to ensure they are met.

6. Proper Stress Management. Stress can worsen and cause psoriasis flare-ups. Stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, and physical activity can be effective in managing stress.

SMP as a Solution for Permanent Hair Loss

Scalp micropigmentation is a hair restoration technique that involves tattooing the scalp with tiny dots to create the illusion of hair follicles. Those suffering from hair loss due to psoriasis cannot undergo scalp micropigmentation tattooing during an active flare-up. However, those with underlying psoriasis could opt for the procedure once doctors have given the clearance.

At Elegant SMP, you get the most natural-looking and undetectable scalp micropigmentation treatment in Buffalo, NY. Our revolutionary and well-sought-after technique around the world by hair loss sufferers is known as the faded hairline technique. A faded hairline is a method that leaves a less dense pigmentation on the hairline hairs, gradually changing to a more substantial density and shade towards the back of the scalp.


Scalp psoriasis is a skin condition that can cause temporary hair loss, but it is rarely the sole cause of significant hair loss. However, many people living with psoriasis face challenges managing the condition, causing significant psychological and emotional stress. Managing scalp psoriasis involves using a safe conditioner, washing with cold water, and avoiding heated styling tools while at the same time seeking medical treatment. 

Scalp micropigmentation is a solution for permanent hair loss in individuals with conditions like male pattern baldness or alopecia. If you had psoriasis on your scalp and still suffering from hair loss, SMP may be an option for you only if you’ve been cleared by a dermatologist. Contact Elegant SMP for natural-looking and undetectable results, using only the best technique and equipment in the industry, and explore our guide to Buffalo, NY attractions and eateries while you’re in the area.

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Elegant Scalp Micropigmentation was founded in Buffalo, NY with the goal of providing clients with a compassionate and understanding atmosphere for their hair loss troubles. We’ve been through it ourselves and at Elegant SMP, are devoted to providing our customers with the knowledge and confidence they need to make a well-informed decision about their SMP treatment plan. 

It is our pleasure to offer our premium SMP services that will unveil a rejuvenated, true version of yourself. With our continued dedication to perfecting this craft, we aim to help our clients rediscover their confidence and enjoy a renewed sense of self-esteem.

What our customers are saying

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23:17 28 Jan 23
I recently had a consultation with Tommy, and I was impressed with his professionalism. He spoke clearly and answered all of my questions about the procedure and Pre and Post-care instructions. I had a positive experience and I am looking forward to getting my SMP done with Tommy and I would highly recommend him to others.
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Tommy provided me with a image of how I would look with SMP his service was awesome, simple and quick id recommend Tommy’a website to anyone wanting to see what they look like with SMP
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Elegant SMP is the place to get your scalp micropigmentation if you are interested in quality technique. Not all SMP is the same and your practitioner's training really does matter. For me, understanding how my artist could achieve an authentic looking hairline was very important, and very few SMP artists have the training to achieve that. Tommy at Elegant SMP is a true professional who understands how to get a natural looking result that is difficult to replicate - which is a true testament to his training. My SMP results exceeded my expectations and I would recommend Elegant SMP to anyone who is interested in getting the highest quality work the first time, or repairing SMP work that missed the mark.
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I knew from the consultation with Tommy that he was a genuinely good guy. Their professionalism is top-notch and the work he does is amazing! I can't stop looking at my hairline and just how natural it looks. I'm 100 % satisfied with the results and highly recommend his services!
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I just finished my third session with Tommy over at elegant smp. He did a great job and was extremely professional. His attention to detail was amazing giving me the desired look I was going for. I would highly recommend his services for anyone looking to have this procedure done. Everything about the experience was pleasant and stress free.

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