I have been diagnosed with scalp psoriasis. I use a variety of topical ointments to keep it under control and it seems to be doing much better. However, I have lost a lot of hair because of this condition and now have a very thin area on the side of my head near my part. My question is, will using a hair growth product like rogain for women help “jump start” new growth in this area? And I also wonder about what I have read that once you start using Rogain, you have to use it forever or the hair will just fall out agian? Thank you so much for any advice you can give me
First, a doctor should determine if you have other causes of hair loss since psoriasis, by itself, rarely causes it. Most people with hair loss and psoriasis either scratch the skin constantly, pulling out hair and that can cause traction alopecia or they may have another condition that may be the cause of hair loss.
For women, you need an accurate run down on your hormones to rule out other diseases such as thyroid disease, etc. Make sure that you are not on a bizarre diet, as weight loss is a cause of hair loss. Both men and women need to have their scalp and hair checked out for miniaturization, looking for genetic hair loss causes. Other autoimmune and inherited conditions can contribute to this as well. Never assume the obvious, for the price is too costly in non-reversible hair loss.
For information about using Rogaine with psoriasis, please see: Psoriasis and Rogaine.