Is your Shampoo giving you “Itchy Scalp”
There are many shampoos on the market that are said to help you calm dry or itchy scalp. But do you know that many of these anti itch or dandruff control shampoos contain detergents that could be triggering your scalp issues. This is why it’s important to find out if the detergents are found in your shampoos and learn how to treat scalp conditions.
These detergents are found in shampoos which can cause irritation or dry, itchy scalp.
Some common detergents in commercially available shampoos which trigger itchy scalp are:
Cocamide DEA, TEA, or MEA (monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, and triethanolamine)
Cocamide DEA, TEA, or MEA are harsh chemical foaming agents also found in many commercial soaps, shampoos, body washes, and other cosmetics. These ingredients are categorized as Ethanolamines, which are colorless ammonia chemical compounds used to break down surface tension. This allows soluble and insoluble to become coherent. Cocamide DEA, TEA, or MEA is also a harsh, drying agent responsible for itchy scalp and dandruff.
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate is a harsh cleaning agent commonly found in commercial shampoos, soaps, and household cleaners. Because it’s a highly concentrated detergent, Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate could potentially lead to a dry and itchy scalp, and scalp irritations.
Similar to Cocamide DEA, TEA, or MEA, Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant-foam booster used in cleansing products for oral care, skin care, and baby and infant care. It’s the chemical agent used to create more slip and produce a foamy consistency. Contrasting to Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate and Cocamide DEA, TEA, or MEA, Cocamidopropyl betaine is a chemical derived from coconut oil and mistaken as a safe, natural ingredient. Cocamidopropyl betaine can potentially cause allergic reactions and irritations such as scalp inflammation (dermatitis) and skin rashes.
Consider this if the problem persists:
Here are simple and effective ways to treat your itchy scalp from harsh detergents.
• Use shampoos that do not contain sulfates.
• Look for hypoallergenic shampoos instead.
• Consider taking an allergy test to determine the cause/causes of your itchy scalp