T/Gel is an age old classic for dandruff sufferers containing too many age old classic contact allergens for our liking
T/Gel is a name synonymous with dandruff control. There are a few variants out now but this original formula has been an absolute mainstay for controlling scalp psoriasis and mild seborrheic dermatitis.
The shampoo contains coal tar, a (needlessly!) controversial active ingredient because it contains hundreds of active ingredients in itself. However it is also an ingredient that has helped many many folk over the years.
The shampoo is similar in color to ice tea but the first thing you’ll notice when washing is the smell. This stuff smells bad. Imagine a regular medicated shampoo on fire and you’re half way there. It smells like coal. It foams well but your hair will smell a little. It makes my hair feel dry, but do you know what, it helps control scalp psoriasis/mild seb derm and it’s an absolute classic brand.
Although I have used this stuff for years and years I’ve never paid attention to the ingredients until this review. Do you know what? It’s absolutely crammed with contact allergens in there. I’d like to think that’s why Neutrogena are releasing different formula to this one. Hopefully, this was put together in less enlightened days but only four of the ingredients aren’t known contact allergens and two of them are salt and water! This stuff contains sulfates, parabens and formaldehyde releasers derived from animal urine (really!). It also contains perfumes. I have no idea what this stuff would have smelled like without the perfumes!
They’ve thrown the contact allergen kitchen sink at this shampoo. Coal Tar is a contact allergen itself in many of us so be very careful with this shampoo, it’s not exactly mild and nowadays there are better coal tar and scalp psoriasis alternatives out there. But it’s still a classic and works for millions of people out there. So who am I to judge?
The site owner. I founded, and have ran this site for too many years now.
I have extremely sensitive skin, have suffered from seb derm for all my adult life and this site is my way of doing something about it.
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