This is a very well formulated shampoo with only one contact allergen in there that we know of. However, the one active ingredient in there, salicyclic acid, will likely dry your scalp if you use it too frequently.
Reviewing Neutrogena T-Sal didn’t full me with much confidence. After my experience with T/Gel, their iconic but nigh on lethal coal tar shampoo, I didn’t think Neutrogena knew or cared how to formulate a gentle but effective shampoo. Plus,this shampoo has Salicylic Acid as it’s active ingredient.
Salicylic Acid doesn’t treat dandruff of any description but rather exfoliates the skin of the dead cells. It won’t treat the underlying cause at all but gets rid of the build up on your scalp. It’s a particularly popular ingredient with many scalp psoriasis sufferers and can help rid a build of dandruff caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is also an irritant and can dry out your skin. If I use it too much it gives me a beetroot red face after washing so I tend to use sparingly.
T/Sal is a clear thick shampoo that is both perfume free and as such is virtually odorless. The wash was excellent and considering the shampoo lacks any harsh sulfates, it felt really luxurious. Certainly for a medicated shampoo. I feared the worst when examining the ingredients and was amazed to see that it contains only one known contact allergen – the almost ubiquitous Cocamidopropyl Betaine (a foam booster/surfactant that has the dubious honour of winning Allergen of the Year in 2004). The rest of the ingredients are non-irritating to the vast majority of us which is absolutely fantastic!
Although I am not a great fan of Salicylic Acid, many people are and this shampoo is an absolutely superb choice if you’re that way inclined. It performs extremely well while using the mildest of ingredients. Neutrogena should be proud.
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