Dr. Friedman also recommends T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo, another favorite from Neutrogena, for those with milder scalp psoriasis. It’s less intense than T-Gel but still contains salicylic acid to chemically exfoliate scales. It also controls redness and itching, which are commonly associated with the condition.
MG217 3% Coal Tar Formula Shampoo
Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti Dandruff Shampoo
MG217’s 3% Coal Tar Formula Shampoo is another one of Dr. Shah’s favorites, particularly for people with severe scalp psoriasis. It contains the equivalent of 3 percent coal tar, which is very effective for eradicating scalp buildup and irritation.
New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD recommends Dove’s DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti Dandruff Shampoo for the scalp. It contains zinc pyrithione, which she says addresses dryness, flaking, and dandruff. It’s less intense than the formulas that contain coal tar, so you may want to give Dove’s shampoo a try first.
Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Shampoo Plus Conditioner
Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Anti-Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Shampoo
Enriched with three percent salicylic acid and a calming zinc complex, Dermarest’s Psoriasis Medicated Shampoo Plus Conditioner targets multiple symptoms of scalp psoriasis, including itching, redness, and severe flaking. “The salicylic acid in this shampoo helps to lift off scales and soften thick psoriasis plaques on the scalp,” says Claire Chang, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “This also allows for deeper penetration of topical medications applied after.”
Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Anti-Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Shampoo is a powerhouse option recommended by New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Joyce Park, MD. “This shampoo contains one percent of selenium sulfide, which helps to control skin flaking through its anti-fungal and oil-controlling properties,” she explains. Additionally, it works to combat excess oil production, which can make flaking and itchiness worse.
Baker Cummins P&S Shampoo
Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo
Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
“Bakers P&S shampoo with salicylic acid is a favorite of mine,” says New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Shari Marchbein, MD. “Like other salicylic acid-containing shampoos, it can really help the flaking and itching associated with psoriasis.” She advises leaving it on the scalp for at least five minutes post-lathering to give it time to loosen the scales.
Selsun Blue’s Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo is a dermatologist favorite — plus, it’s under $10, which is always nice. “It contains selenium sulfide, an anti-microbial ingredient that lowers levels of yeast on the scalp,” says New York City board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. “By lowering yeast, you can reduce scalp inflammation that contributes to flaking.”