I was managing the psoriasis on my body with topicals and lotions. But 5 years after my psoriasis diagnosis, the extreme itch and flakes on my scalp emerged. Did you know that about 56% of people who have psoriasis also have scalp psoriasis? I remember reading this on the National Psoriasis Foundation’s website and thinking, “Oh wow, what if I have scalp psoriasis? I have had dandruff for a while and it doesn’t seem to go away. Maybe it’s not really dandruff.” I learned that psoriasis plaques on your scalp feel thicker than dandruff does. I rubbed my hand over the plaques and thought, “Well, those feel really thick. Maybe that’s why dandruff shampoo isn’t working.”
Looking for answers
I scheduled an appointment with my dermatologist. I remember sitting in that office, thinking I was finally about to have answers as to why my scalp was still itching after months and months of using dandruff shampoo. I needed relief. I knew I had to speak up for myself because if I didn’t, who would? Was I supposed to keep living like this, always looking over my shoulder for those pesky, white flakes? No, thank you.
I told my dermatologist I had tried all these different dandruff shampoos, shampoo for dry and damaged hair, and even hair masks. But all the symptoms were still there: thick plaques, extreme itch, and severe flaking.
He examined my scalp and indeed confirmed what I already knew. I had scalp psoriasis.
Sabrina Skiles founded Homegrown Houston as a lifestyle resource for millennial women. She shares daily inspirations from fashion and home décor to family and motherhood to health and wellness.
In addition to lifestyle, she is also passionate about bringing more awareness to psoriasis and psoriatic disease. Sabrina has been living with psoriasis for 15+ years.
Throughout this time she has tried everything from biologics, topicals, tar shampoo and light therapy. She also lived in Maui, Seattle and now currently Houston—so she understands current challenges psoriasis patients face on a day-to-day basis and how environment can play a role in managing psoriasis and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Sabrina is also a volunteer mentor and coach for the National Psoriasis Foundation providing guidance to those newly diagnosed.
Sabrina’s mission is to empower millennial moms to find their self-confidence while getting rid of the mom guilt; and empower those living with psoriatic disease that it’s possible to live a healthy, happy and fashionable life.
Currently, you can see Sabrina sharing her psoriasis patient expert insights at Healthcentral. She has also written for Everyday Health, Healthline, Makeup.com and Webmd.
Sabrina has been featured with SELF Magazine, SheKnows and on the cover of Health Monitor Magazine’s Guide to Living with Psoriasis.
Sabrina and her husband Chris have been married for eight years. They have two young boys, Declan(2.5) and Beckett(7 months). They love to travel, try new food and binge watch new Netflix series. You will always see Sabrina with coffee(or wine) in her hand.