After decades of having to use a coal tar shampoo every 3 days or suffer severe itching, flaking, and red spots that bled, I now can go weeks and sometimes months without using any special shampoo and only occasionally using a 3% salicylic acid shampoo. The coal tar shampoo stunk and had to be followed by a pleasant smelling shampoo but the salicylic acid shampoo doesn't seem to have any scent at all.
I still follow it with a pleasantly scented shampoo of my choosing. I also had to wash my eyebrows in the coal tar stuff...ewww! And I remember rubbing it across my cheeks so I wouldn't break out there. I didn't 't want to have itchy eyebrows or cheeks.
The stigma for me was to be seen scratching and having flakes flying around from the area I was scratching. How embarrassing!! I rarely let that happen, though, it was too bad a feeling...I made sure I shampooed every third day, if not sooner! Often sooner due to exercising and going to the beach or pool, etc. And now? I rarely have to even think about psoriasis at all. Who knew?
I hope this happens to everybody reading this who has psoriasis!