I was 6 years old when dandruff took over my life. Throughout the years, it flared on my inner part of my elbows, my knees, my neck, my chest, rarely on my face, and severely on my scalp. I would do a great job at hiding it by wearing long sleeves to school and my hair down. At plain sight, I looked like a normal girl with no skin disorder, but truthfully, I was suffering.
The changes in the weather messed with my skin. It would flair if it was too hot, it would flair if it was too cold. Despite it taking a toll on my insecurities, it was also itchy as hell. What was up with this dandruff?! I tried every dermatologist-approved shampoo and cortisone cream you can find at your local drugstore, but nothing seemed to work. It was then, at 17 years old, that I decided to finally go to a dermatologist and was diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin condition that causes scaly patches and red skin, mainly on the scalp. It can also occur on oily areas of the body, such as the face, upper chest, and back. It's very common in the U.S. affecting more than 3 million people of all ages—primarily newborns and teenagers.
He prescribed some medicated creams and shampoos that controlled my skin issue for many years but after a while, it would come back. Those who have dermatitis know it's a life-long nightmare. Suddenly, not even the medicated products would work and it just got worst and worst as I got older.
I went to four different specialists, one even overseas, and none of their products could tame my itchy and scaly scalp. I had lost all hope until I decided to test my luck with another dermatologist in mid-2017. He had the solution and surprisingly, it was a shampoo that could be bought at any drugstore without and prescription. Not you, Head & Shoulders. Not you, Selsun Blue.
He advised I wash my hair once a week with Neutrogena's T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo (Extra Strenght) and let it work its magic. Again, I refused to believe anything anymore, but went ahead and made the $18 investment for the large bottle. After nearly three weeks of using the shampoo, I began seeing results and less than six months, my scalp cleared out. No more dandruff, no more red patches, no more itchy scalp—at least for now.
I tried every prescription, every DIY remedies (looking at you, coconut oil), and everything you can think of in the book and nothing has been able to work miracles as this shampoo. If you're in my shoes, believe me when I say that this is an incredible and affordable solution to taming your seborrheic dermatitis.
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