For a number of years (worse in the last 3) I have been having a reaction to what I think is my shampoo. My head breaks out in a rash and my forehead and sometimes my face also get red itchy splotches. These are not necessarily raised but are most likely some sort of urticaria. I have tried many brands of shampoos from cheap to expensive salon varieties, but eventually I will develop this reaction.
Sometimes the reaction is immediate, other times it will take 3 months of use to develop. It does not appear to be related to sodium laureth sulfate as I have reacted to shampoos with and without. I use Cetaphil soap, because I react with sensitive swollen hands to any other types of soap. I hope someone here will have some suggestions as to what I can use or what it is that I might be reacting to.
Most shampoos are composed of 10 to 30 ingredients and many of them have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Your best bet would be to see a dermatologist who could recommend non-allergenic shampoos and/or conduct patch tests to the more common shampoo allergens/irritants. Otherwise, you will be left guessing indefinitely.
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