Some shampoos can help to treat body diseases through hair washing and with the property they bring, they can be effective in solving people’s complications.
There are many rumors about shampoo. Some people believe that only classic shampoos should be used for cleansing, but others are simply deceived by companies that take advantage of people’s ignorance and sometimes make shampoo appear as a medicinal substance that can be effective in stopping or reducing hair loss or hair growth, and even lighten hair, etc., in order to make more sales.
Some shampoos are not cleansers at all and are only considered medicines; For example, 1% Linden shampoo and 1% permethrin shampoo are used to treat dandruff and after using them and resting for 10 minutes, the hair should be rinsed.
There are many rumors about shampoo. Some people believe that only classic shampoos should be used for cleansing, but others are simply deceived by companies that take advantage of people’s ignorance and sometimes make shampoo appear as a medicinal substance that can be effective in stopping or reducing hair loss or hair growth, and even lighten hair, etc., in order to make more sales. In this article, in a conversation with Dr. Hossein Tabatabai, a dermatologist and faculty member of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, we have tried to provide more information in this field by introducing different types of shampoos so that buyers and consumers are not deceived by profiteers and choose the desired product with more open eyes and more knowledge when buying shampoo. Join us.
Dr! Can shampoos have healing properties in addition to their cleaning properties?
Shampoos alone do not have any therapeutic value for hair growth or stopping hair loss or treating skin and hair diseases, and they can be a complementary treatment only in special circumstances if a dermatologist deems it appropriate. In this situation, the specialist prescribes a suitable shampoo according to the type of disease and the type of the patient’s scalp.
What is the best type of shampoo that you recommend a person to use under normal circumstances?
Normal classic shampoos. This group of shampoos are used to wash and remove grease and impurities from the scalp and hair shaft and are divided into 3 groups: dry, normal and oily shampoos. Dermatologists advise people to use the relevant shampoo according to the type of scalp and the amount of fat secreted from the sebaceous glands.
Usually, people with oily hair, even though they use special shampoo for oily hair, they still complain about their scalp becoming greasy and their hair dry. Why?
Because instead of applying shampoo to the scalp, these people wash their entire head and hair with it. It is enough to gently massage the shampoo on the scalp and then rinse. The water and foam that falls on the hair shaft cleans the pollution. If the shampoo for oily hair is applied to the hair shaft separately, it will only cause the hair shaft to become more dry. Another mistake is to wash the hair with hot water. Hot water stimulates fat secretion. The correct way is to shampoo the head with lukewarm water and rinse the face with lukewarm water. One of the other reasons for dry hair shafts and excessive fat on the scalp can be excessive use of hair dryers, hair brushes or even hair dyes. If you have dry hair, we recommend using hair conditioners after shampooing.
Do you recommend herbal shampoos?
No shampoo is truly herbal. Maybe a small amount of herbal ingredients are really present in the shampoo, but its positive effect on the skin and hair has not been scientifically proven. In simpler words, what is called chemical shampoo today is actually the herbal products that are offered in this form with the advancement of science and technology to be more durable and usable. Shampoos that are advertised as cedar, henna, walnut, pomegranate and even egg herbal shampoos are only for commercial promotion and selling more products. Be sure that these so-called herbal shampoos do not have any effect on stopping hair loss or thick hair, etc.
What types of shampoos are medicated shampoos?
These types of shampoos contain medicinal compounds such as salicylic acid and whole tar, which have anti-inflammatory properties as well as degreasing. These shampoos are prescribed as a supplement to the treatment for people with flaky scalp and oily skin.
What is the reason for oily skin on the scalp?
Scalp skin is divided into 2 types, oily and dry. When the skin on the scalp is oily, for example, when a person has psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, etc., the compounds of the whole tar prevent the formation of skin and are anti-inflammatory. Salicylic acid compounds are also exfoliating and help to remove these scales. Of course, in people suffering from mild to severe types of these skin diseases, just using shampoo is not enough and medicine should be used as well.
What medical shampoo is suitable for dry flaking?
Dry flaking is more common in teenagers and is a natural problem that does not need to be treated with medicated shampoo. In this situation, it is enough to use regular anti-dandruff shampoo or classic 2 in 1 shampoos, which are also anti-dandruff, and the scaling will stop over time.
What about those with atopic eczema?
In the body of people with atopic eczema, the amount of linoleic acid is naturally low. In this group of people, the use of shampoos for allergic skin that contain linoleic acid can temporarily improve eczema.
Are anti-lice shampoos medical shampoos?
No, some medications are designed and manufactured in shampoo form for ease of use, such as anti-lice shampoos. These shampoos do not have cleaning power at all and are only considered medicine. After using this medicine and resting for 10 minutes, the hair should be rinsed. In our country, 1% linden shampoo and 1% permethrin shampoo are mainly used to treat lice.