Can using dry shampoo damage your scalp

Can using dry shampoo damage your scalp


Health Desk

Remember when you discovered dry shampoo and it changed your life? Now some of us use dry shampoo a few days a week, usually on mornings when we want to sleep an extra 15 minutes.

Nicole Baxter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, felt the same way — until she had a severe reaction to a dry shampoo, the details of which she shared in a scary Facebook post detailing how she noticed a bald patch on her head that kept getting bigger, along with some sores and blisters.

“Anyone who uses dry shampoo, please continue to read,” she wrote.

“It’s a long one but work with me! So I went to my GP at the end of last year due to having a bald patch on my head which kept getting bigger. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t stress and my diet’s alright so there didn’t seem any reason for this to happen? My scalp was also very itchy and flaky. I had wee red sores and blisters all over my scalp and a terrible burning sensation all over my head — to the point where I would wake up several times a night due to the discomfort/pain. She referred me to the dermatology unit in Belfast City Hospital where I had my first appointment in February.”

“At this initial appointment I was immediately diagnosed with TRIANGULAR ALOPECIA (hair loss in one area of the head, usually in a triangle, duh). And was told I’d have to come back to have a scalp biopsy (injection straight into my scalp to numb the area, then a hole punch tool used to remove a part of it, then closed up with stitches) done to see what was causing these blisters and sores I had. The doctor asked had I anything on my hair at the minute, I said just dry shampoo. So she advised when I come back for the scalp biopsy to come with nothing in my hair and to make sure it was clean. I thought it was weird she said that, it’s only dry shampoo what’s that got to do with it? So I actually stopped using it all together [sic]from that day to see what would happen.”


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