A Dry Scalp Shampoo containing Cardiospermum and natural honey has been found to help combat dry scalp dandruff.
Dandruff is a troublesome and often embarrassing condition suffered by millions of people. However although treatment may appear straightforward in the form of anti-dandruff shampoos – in fact the causes of dandruff are more complex and may require different treatments depending on the cause.
Some dandruff is caused by fungus, in which case most OTC anti-dandruff shampoos contain an anti fungal agent and so should be effective.
However some dandruff is caused by a dry scalp and using anti-dandruff shampoo could actually make the dandruff worse! So if dandruff does not responding to normal anti dandruff shampoos –it is highly likely to be dry scalp dandruff – in which case alternative treatments need to be sought.
Our NEW Dry Scalp Shampooas been formulated by one of the UK’s leading trichologists and is designed specifically to help people with dry scalp dandruff.
The new shampoo contains three ingredients designed to cleanse the scalp and clear skin flakes much like normal anti-dandruff shampoos without causing additional drying to the scalp caused by ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) which is a harsh foaming agent present in most OTC anti-dandruff shampoos and recorcinol, which can cause inflammation to already highly sensitive dry scalps.
The key ingredients in the new dry scalp shampoo are honey, cardiospermum and sugar beat.
Pure honey has been used as this is a natural moisturiser for the hair and scalp tissues. Moisturisation is important as the composition of sebum (the skin’s natural oil and moisturising agent) can be affected resulting in a drying of the scalp, the honey will help to counter this dryness without the danger of an adverse reaction.
Cardiospermum (botanical term Cardiospermum halicacabum), has been used due to its widespread reputation for its anti-inflammatory and dermatological effect. Cardiospermum is one of the commonest herbs used for skin problems from Skri Lanka and has been studied in more than 12 published trials, including one recent UK trial, for its medicinal effects on inflammatory dry skin conditions.
Sugar beet is used as a mild natural foaming agent. Unlike the foaming agents in conventional anti-dandruff shampoos, this ingredient will not cause irritation on sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
In addition to the anti-flaking ingredients in the shampoo, the shampoo’s Ph balance is 6, which is very close to the skin’s natural Ph of 5. Most OTC anti-dandruff dry scalp shampoos have a very high Ph to help kill the dandruff fungus, but this high Ph is too harsh for dry scalp dandruff and can actually make the flaking worse.
A leading trichologist in conjunction with Bath university carried out a small trial on the new shampoo on 20 people with dry scalp dandruff in April 2006. He says: “The results of the trial results show a very high success rate with the Dry Scalp Shampoo not only for clearing the scalp of scales and flakes but also preventing their return, reducing any underlying erythema (inflammation) and causing a marked reduction in irritation and sensitivity of the scalp.”
Skin Shop’s Dry Scalp Shampoo is available for £5.99.