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Can Head & Shoulders Clear Up Acne? Derms Warn About The TikTok Trend

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on our sister site Livestly.com.

Head & Shoulders sells products with up to seven benefits in one bottle, although improving skin is not one of those benefits. Since a doctor recommended the shampoo brand to Elyse Myers in high school, she has been using it to clear acne. When SkinTok enthusiasts heard about this, they took to the platform to investigate. 

The Benefits Of Head & Shoulders

Zinc pyrithione in the shampoo targets the yeast Malassezia, a major cause of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. According to an app search, users and skin experts recommend Nizoral and Selsun Blue shampoos for washing skin.

Also available from Head & Shoulders are shampoos designed to treat severe dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Selenium sulfide is an active ingredient in these products that relieve itching and dryness and reduces fungal growth.

Since seborrheic dermatitis is triggered by yeast, people with pityrosporum folliculitis (also known as fungal acne) are likely to benefit from the shampoo.

Source: Huffpost

Dandruff Shampoo isn’t for everyone. 

While some people face mild skin peeling because of this, using dandruff shampoo on sensitive skin can cause breakouts or inflame the blemishes. Shampoos can contain too harsh surfactants for specific skin types, disrupting the skin barrier and causing irritation.

Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, a board-certified dermatologist, offered advice to people with less severe skin issues who are wary of using a $5 dandruff shampoo as a face wash. When shopping for a face wash, look for ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. 

Remember that skincare doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective but needs to suit your skin. When in doubt, reach out to your dermatologist and create an effective skincare regimen. 

Source: Everyday Health