The difference between psoriasis and dandruff

Both dandruff and psoriasis are conditions that affect the scalp. Unlike dandruff, psoriasis is a problem rooted in your immune system.


Scalp Psoriasis is a common scalp disorder that affects both men and women. It causes the skin to become raised, reddish, often with scaly patches. It can appear in small patches or affect they entire scalp. It can spread to the forehead, the back of the neck and behind the ears.

Scalp Psoriasis happens when your immune system sends faulty signals and skin cells grow too quickly. It’s not contagious, so you can not catch or pass it on to someone else. Itchiness is a common result of the Psoriasis, however you should not scratch. It can cause you to bleed and might lead to infection.

  • Red patches of skin on your scalp that are covered with scales with a silvery sheen.
  • When removing the psoriasis scaling or thick crust from the scalp, resulting in the scalp bleeding.
  • Is a constant condition.


Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear. Dandruff is a common condition, which is marked by itching. In some cases it can be embarrassing and not easy to treat. With dandruff, the new cells are produced at a faster rate than they die. This results in more skin being shed, making dandruff more noticeable.

  • scalp is red and has oily patches. The red patches are covered by yellowish or greasy white scales.
  • The scales or flakes are easily removed.
  • It comes and goes

Dandruff tends to affect men more often than women.
If you are suffering with either dandruff or psoriasis, give our trichologist a call and book an appointment to see what he can do to help. To know more about the trichology clinic click here.


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