Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Hall of Fame - Neutrogena T/Gel


Bit of an odd one for me I know, but bear with.

Ever since son no.2 was born, he's suffered from scalp problems. When he was a baby it was cradle cap, that went all the way through almost to school when it was clear it was seborrheic dermatitis, and that it was here to stay. He's now 20 and has suffered from it in one way or another his entire life. Not to the extremes that you see if you google 'images' (don't) but it was always present on his head in one way or another - his entire life.

I tried everything. Literally every single thing you can think of - usually depending where I was working if I'm honest - everything from Aveda, every hair product in SpaceNK, all beauty brands, everything from the doctor, creams, lotions, potions, tablets, even homeopathy (I know I know).

Last month I was a Judge for the Johnson & Johnson Skincare Awards and there was a bottle of T/Gel in the goodie bag. I passed it to Dan almost nonchalantly - kind of 'May as well try this love..'

To say that the difference in his scalp has been life-changing is no understatement. His scalp is completely clear. Completely. Clear. His hair is shiny in a way that it has never been - he's wearing it longer after years of keeping it short for ease of maintenance. 

When it ran out he went out and bought his own bottle. A large one. If you're the mother of boys you'll know the significance of that alone. 

I now have major guilt that I never tried it on him years ago. One thing's for sure. We absolutely will never be without it again. T/Gel - I salute you. Thank you for fixing my baby's head. 



*Yes, he's 20 and 6'4. Still my baby.

61 comments:

  1. Ever since I can remember I've suffered with psoriasis on my scalp. I have tried many shampoos / lotions. God, Polytar Shampoo as a child was EVIL! Thank you fro recommending this. I'm now 36 and have managed to keep most of my psoriasis at bay by following a healthy diet. Thank you :) x

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    1. Can you give more insight about the diet??
      Suffering from psoriasis too!!

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    2. Can use tgel on coloured hair as I suffer too but always afraid it will fade blonde hair?

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    3. I use it on colored hair, can't say it's fading them. In any case I use it once a week.

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    4. I cut back on dairy (especially cheese) and wheat. It worked for me. :)

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  2. When my dematologist diagnosed me with seborrheic dermatitis a few years ago (after many years of having an itchy head that nothing corrected) she said to get two of the cheapest "dandruff" shampoos - Neutrogena T/Gel or T/Sal, Selsun Blue, Head and Shoulders, etc - and switch between them, using each for 2 days, and to use any conditioner I wanted. I haven't had one problem since. The only downside is that I waited so long to talk to a doctor about the problem. Sigh...

    VERY happy for Daniel!

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  3. Oh my gosh. We have been struggling with serious cradle cap issues with our 3 month old. He just scratches and scratches during the night. Even this morning he woke himself up because he was so itchy. We've tried oils (almond, coconut, olive), cradle cap shampoos organic calendula conditioners, and even Selsun Blue Medicated. (We've become pros at not getting adult shampoo into his eyes.) The best results at clearing the terrible scales was the Selsun Blue, but it turns his head into a dry and flaky mess. If we don't use it, however, the scales quickly return and weep, matting his hair to his head. It breaks my heart. Maybe we'll give this a try... fingers crossed.

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  4. I just bought my daughter some Eucerin scalp treatment shampoo and am hoping for a result. Will try this next, if not

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  5. I have been using this for years for psoriasis on my scalp as nothing, but nothing, keeps it as calm and flake free as T Gel shampoo. I don't want to give false hope to others as my scalp isn't plaque-free. But I'm not tearing at it like a mad thing as I would be with any other shampoo. Glamorous it ain't, brilliant it is.

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  6. I've used Phyto Phytheol Dandruff Shampoo for a number of years with very good results, but will try this as it's so much cheaper. Thanks for the info!

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  7. One of the few store bought treatment shampoo's that I recommend to clients at the barbers I work. The two shampoo's I never recommend are head and shoulders it's the devil for the hair and scalp and the alpacin caffeine shampoo it's the biggest con for consumers.

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  8. I think I need to try this! Does he use it everyday? Should I interchange it with my regular stuff?

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    1. I have used this stuff for years and I would recommend starting out using it about every other day or so with something else and working your way up. Depending on your scalp, you can overdo it and dry out the skin which just makes it seem like the problem is continuing when, really, you've probably just swapped one problem for a dry scalp. I only use it everyday when my scalp's gone and mutinied, most other times every 2-3 days. I like using this with the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment, though I don't know how readily available it is in the UK. I sometimes alternate the two, sometimes use the PM after the T Gel, depending on my scalp. The beads in the PM are a little annoying - there aren't too many, but they are there - but the product itself is fantastic.

      Note about the T-Gel: Read the directions!!! It is not a lather and rinse product, it has to sit on the skin to do it's thing most effectively. It recommends washing twice and I like to use a regular shampoo for a first wash to get any product/crap out of my hair so that the T-Gel is on my skin and not a layer of product (and this makes a bottle last longer).

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    2. Thanks so much for the advice! My scalp drives me so insane sometimes!

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  9. After suffering severe eczema for several years, it eventually spread to my scalp. And it was horrific. No amount of polytar, selsun or anti dandruff or any prescriptive med could dampen down the horrid skin falling. I eventually lost alot of hair and my scalp was visible. The scalp was so dry it couldn't bold onto the hair. So fed up with the situation, I tried hibiscrub and it was miraculous. I wish the doctors had recommended it in the first place. But from previous years of experience I know t gel shampoo is available on prescription and is very good.

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  10. Thank you Caroline! I've suffered with this for the last 5 years with periods where it's mostly controlled and others when it's taking over. I normally use T Sal, and have tried T Gel before, but I think I'll try the reader before me's suggestion of switching between the two.

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  11. I can't bear the smell of this so have never used it long enough to tell if it works. The shampoo that works best for me is the Philip Kingsley Itchy Flaky Scalp. Expensive but excellent.

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  12. Thank you so much for this, Ms Hirons! My wonderful boyfriend has suffered from this for years and I hate... HATE... seeing him suffer from something that in the grand scheme of things is considered 'minor' but has a huge impact on your self-esteem and confidence. As soon as he gets home tonight I am telling him about this and we'll try it together. Thank you.

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  13. Since my "baby" has four legs, fur, and wags her tail, I was not sure whether it is appropriate for me to chime in on this. However, Miss Camille has lived with the seborrheic dermatitis issue her entire 15+ years. A few months ago, after many years of her itching herself (sometimes to the point of infection) and trying many different shampoos, foods, eastern and western meds, and other regimens, I tried the t-gel to see if it might help her. And lo and behold, it did! She has been a trooper all this time, and who knows if this would have helped if I had tried it sooner.... It works right now and she is comfy and that is all that matters. :-)

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  14. The Philip B shampoo for itchy scalp is my hero. Always have a bottle of Tgel in the cupboard though, had crappy scalp my whole life too. Tis maddening!

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  15. Yes! I am a mother of two boys and completely understand what it means that he bought his own bottle! That must be a good shampoo! And also, they will be babies effectively until we are no longer on this earth! Ha! Sorry boys!


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  16. It's amazing stuff. My mum used it on me as a kid for severe cradle cap and a health visitor in her wisdom told her it was something else not cradle cap and to use something else. Being a first time mum, she listened and I ended up literally covered in it head to toe because it spread all over my body. Back to the t gel and using what my mum thought and it all cleared up! My sister has had scalp issues on and off all her life and using it always clears it up for her, Em
    http://themusingsofem.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. I've always had very sensitive skin including on my scalp and I've recently switched to baby shampoo which seems to be helping. If it continues, I may try this!

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  18. Im glad he had found something that helps! I used to have a weird issue with my scalp, and this was always good! also found it excellent when i was going through those extra greasy teenage years! along the same lines is polytar from boots - weird as it doesnt really lather but good!

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  19. I've have had psoriasis since I don't even remember when! Coal Tar is the one single thing that works for me be it body or scalp! Here in the US I use T Gel as well (an also used it 20 years ago). In Greece (where I'm from) I use a coal tar shampoo as well, which is far more runny (like water).

    Once a week I apply to my head (if I'm not lazy) a concoction prescribed by my dermatologist which includes Eucerine, Water, Urea, Salycilic Acid and a cortisone cream. I leave it on for 6-8 hours and then wash my hair with T-Gel!

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  20. I have used this for years for scalp psoriasis. Only thing that has ever worked and will never be without it. Excited to already use a Caroline Hirons recommended product for once ...even if it is as unglamorous as this. it works though!!

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  21. I have been having some major flake issues lately, and I finally sucked it up and purchased this just last week. My scalp problem was fixed with 2 uses. Smells terrible, but it seriously works! Always going to have it on hand now.
    www.divaandthedivine.com

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  22. We always had a bottle of this in the bathroom when I was a kid - one or t'other of us always had an issue! stinks to high heaven but works like a charm!!

    www.missviennamarie.com

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  23. T-Gel is a great shampoo!

    I suffered with terrible dry scalp throughout my teen years, so itchy that I wanted to pull my hair out, me and mum, like you and Dan tried everything on the shelves. T-Gel was my saving grace to say the least, I can only use this and one other shampoo or I instantly revert back to a snowy Sunday!

    Adele - Adele Chelsea

    x

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  24. This used to be my go-to shampoo. It was the only thing that worked, but it wrecked my hair. I recently discovered a natural shampoo recipe that solves the scalp issues without drying my hair, and it has actually made me think I was reacting to something that is in commercial shampoos and conditioners. I'm passing this it on in case it helps anyone else, but overall just giving three cheers that you found something that works for your son! The recipe is a 1 to 4 mix of manuka honey (perhaps any honey, but the recipe I saw said manuka?) and water. Shake up in a bottle to blend the two, and wash. Easy. It's not sticky or hard to rinse out at all.

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    1. P.S. Have to clarify - I still wash my hair with actual shampoo at least once a week because I like cleanliness. :) The above I use more as a "rinse" on days I don't wash with shampoo.

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  25. My mom swears by it. She only uses it once a week though.

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  26. My son has similar problems. Should he be washing his hair everyday? Or are less frequent washings better? (To be honest, we've tried it both ways and I don't see a difference, but I'd like more experienced opinions.)

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  27. I also duffer from seborrheic dermatitis. I have long thick hair and if I skip hair wash more than one day a very distinct smell is produced on scalp. TMI sorry. Have been using t-gel once a week or as needed since I see tons of hair fall after washing. But i have no other choice and it keeps things at bay. There is no cure for this problem. Odd one from you. But your approval makes me feel like an smart cookie. If that makes any sense. Love ya a ton.

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  28. Hi Caroline,

    I have seborrheic dermatitis on my nose and can't get anything to make my flakey, scaly skin go away. It's so odd because the rest of my face is oily. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. I used t gel on my eyelids (very, very carefully) and it worked.

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  29. I've suffered from psoriasis on my scalp for years, and some hair loss and several dermatologists later, T/Gel and T/Sal are staples that I ALWAYS keep in my shower. I use Gel on an as-needed basis for flare ups, Sal on an as-needed basis for scalp build up, and Selsun Blue for daily use. (Traditional medicated Selsun is great; Head & Shoulders doesn't work for me.) Also, I have very long hair and hate the squeaky clean feeling these products leave that often results in dryness. I've found that using a high quality LEAVE IN conditioner offsets this and keeps my hair soft and shiny. Bumble and Bumble is great, but it might be too heavy for you if your hair is on the thinner/finer side. Bottom line: Hirons is spot on here. T/Gel is a must if you're having scalp issues. You won't be sorry.

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  30. I suffered for years with seborrfeic dermatitis on my face and scalp. Went to many doctors and tried a million products, prescription and OTC. Nothing worked, until I quit dairy. Now my face and scalp are totally clear. If I cheat with cheese ( can't live in a world without a little cheese now and then!), I get a tiny breakout. But for me, no dairy= no seborrhea!

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    1. same for me! after over 30 years of itchy scalp (and tons of money spent on all sorts of equally ineffective products) I quit dairy and wheat (for a completely different reason than the itchy scalp..) and OMG! no more dandruff or itchiness or bleeding cuts from scratching my scalp in my sleep... I feel like I'm born again (and with brand new skin+scalp!)

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    2. I just came on to comment *exactly* the same thing! No dairy and egg (it's an allergy) and my sebo dermatitis and IBS disappeared after years of scalp and tummy issues.

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  31. Have you tried lush soak and float? I used to you TGel ( I have psoriasis) but it no longer works for me. Maybe my scalp is used to it? But the Saok and Float from lush works wonders for my scalp!

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  32. OMG! I hope I can get hold of this for my 4yo. She has this dry flaky patch on the back of her head for almost a year. I have had tried numerous shampoos. Nothing seems to work. I had tried medicated shampoos too, works for a while but comes back after a while. I even brought her to see a doctor, all I got was an anti-fungel cream which worked at first but came back right after we stopped the cream. I even told her teachers in her school/childcare centre to stop washing her hair during shower time, because I thought it could be how they shampooed my girl's scalp. Now I only shampooed her hair once every two days, seems to improve, well.. at least it's not flaky, but it's still dry though. I hope I get hold of this. =/

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  34. I have psoriasis and I find that I need to avoid shampoos with SLS in them (as much because of the effect on the rest of my body when I rinse them off as because of the effect on the scalp). I also do better when I shampoo less often. I haven't used T-gel, but I have used coal tar products on other parts of my body where they have worked brilliantly. They are strong stuff though and I would rather avoid them as much as I can. Eucerin do a scalp lotion containing glycerine and urea which is great at keeping the skin moisturised and flake free. I've only seen it in a shop once, but you can find it online.

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  35. I have psoriasis and have found that I need to avoid shampoos with SLS in them, as much because of the effect on the rest of my body when I rinse them off as the effect on my scalp. My favourites are the Naked range and Waitrose baby shampoo. I am better when I wash my hair once or twice a week and use dry shampoo in between if I need to.

    I have used coal tar products on other parts of my body so I can well believe that T-gel works, but coal tar is strong stuff and I would rather avoid it when I can. Eucerin do a scalp lotion containing glycerine and urea which is very moisturising and helps keep thing clear. I have also had a steroid lotion on prescription which was extremely effective to deal with a flare up, but haven't needed it for a few years now.

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  36. I absolutely love Neutrogena T/Gel, and like you I tried it just as a "eh, might as well give this one a go, too." Everyone complains about the smell but I love it. Smells to me like a combination of the old Flex Balsam Shampoo (not sure they even make that anymore) and witch hazel. The smell doesn't linger -- and I follow with a very quick shampoo with my usual moisturizing shampoo on the ends, which I'm sure helps.

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  37. Hate the smell of this but when it comes to a dry scalp it is second to none. For as long as I can remember my mum has always had a bottle on hand and if we scratched our head even once the T-Gel was out haha!

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  38. I use Nodé from Bioderma, no smel, no foam, happy scalp! They have many versions even a DS version (for seborrheic dermatitis) but i find that if i only use the regular one and nothing else, i never need the specialized version.

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  39. I have a version of this - and one thing that provides immediate relief, especially from the stubborn flakes, is the apple cider vinegar+filtered water combination. Make it in 1:4 or 1:3 ratio, let it sit for 10 minutes, wash as usual. I also use oils - usually combination of coconut, and some ayurvedic herbal oils - which also really helps. Apply oil slightly warm so it exfoliates the scalp. T Gel is great, except for smell - yikes. Glad it helped your son!

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  40. Don't you just love it when you find a fabulous fix & it's inexpensive to boot!!
    Has he tried fish oil supplements. My 8 yr old started taking them as he has joint issues & the eczema on his face disappeared x

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  41. I am never without a bottle of this! I suffer from a dry itchy scalp on occasions (not sure what triggers it) one morning of using this and it's almost gone! The smell however...

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  42. This worked well for me when I used it. but like others I've noticed that reducing my wheat and dairy intake has made a huge difference. If I do feel itchy I used tea tree oil or a shampoo with tea tree in it. works like a charm.

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  43. T/gel works on me sometimes but doesn't have lasting effect. Currently I rotate between the phyto intense and Jason's. I find I get a lot more grace period with jasons and can get away with a "regular shampoo" every now which is a nice treat. Only gripe is that it's a natural shampoo so more cream like than lather. Small price for a comfortable scalp though :)

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  44. To anyone suffering from greasy hair/hair,

    DO NOT us handy head and shoulders product.they caused mayhem on my hair!! It looked so bad it looked like I hadn't washed my hair for a week p.my hairdresser suggested not stimulating hair as much (ie nut washing it so hard) then my mums friend who is a hairdresser suggested this and to get my hair dyed. I had highlights put into my hair and started using this (smell isn't the best but ah well when your hair looks this good-though one of the neutrogena products nearly made me throw up it was THAT bad) and now my hair is a lot more balanced.


    If you use this and don't find a problem (head and shoulders) don't break it if it's fixed and don't listen to my ramblings and use clean & clear face wash deep action fash wash-it cleans and is so nice alongside love lettuce or cupcake lush face mask

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  45. I love T Gel. I had "eczema' on my eyelids for years, although I suspected it was something else. One week of t gel on the eyelids and it went, forever. Love that stuff.

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  46. I also suffer from scalp psoriasis and tried this product but found it made my hair particularly knotty and my hair began to fall out. But then I came across a (quite pricey) product from Lush! It's called superbalm and is such a life changer. At £12 ish a pot its really worth trying!

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  47. What about when you are diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis on your face? I know it's late but I was just diagnosed, have been doing tons of research on the internet and there really isn't much out there. I don't really want to use the anti-fungal creams and the sulfur and benzoyl peroxide wash from the doc. I am trying to find ways to balance my skin that doesn't involve large costs, prescriptions, and/or lots and lots of very harsh chemicals.

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  48. i have oily hair.I've used Phyto Phytheol Dandruff Shampoo for a number of years with very good results, but will try this as it's so much cheaper. Thanks for the info!

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