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Had a problem the psoriasis on the back of my head for a few months now. Nothing really touched it, Coal Tar shampoo etc. Nothing the doctor gave me worked but one day I was in the local chemist and saw Alphosyl on the shelf next to the Coal Tar shampoo I've tried before.This stuff really does make a difference, and although the psoriasis hasn't gone completely its 90% gone and if I keep using it it might decide to push off for good!!!If you've got a problem with psoriasis and nothing else has worked then give this shampoo a go, I'm sure you will see an improvement if not a complete end to your skin problem.
I found this shampoo made irritated my scalp. My scalp remained dry and flaky within 2 days of washing and my hair incredibly dry.I wouldnot recommend this shampoo. It's very ineffective in my view.
Last year I suffered an awful outbreak of excema that covered my entire body from head to toes. The worst part of this was the excema on my scalp. It got to the point where my hair started to fall out and I lost nearly half the hair on my head and went from having long, thick hair to having thin hair that looked awful. I tried all the prescription drugs for dermatological problems with scalp and none of them really worked. I tried various shampoos, creams, compounds, lotions, mousse, oils etc.
Then one day I came accross Alphosyl. I didnt really think it would be any better than all the rest of the shampoos I had tried previously and I just thought I would give it a try out of desperation.
I can now sit here and honestly tell you that it does work 100%!! I used it every day for about 3 days and after the first wash with it the itching and flaking and tightness on my scalp had improved. After the third day the itching had gone and the tightness had as well. I continued to use it every other day for about a month and my scalp returned to normal. No flaking, itching, tightness. No embarrasment at white snow storms falling from my head everytime I moved it! My hair started to grow back and I felt more confident. Not only did it treat my terible sclp condition but my hair was in fantastic condition from using it. I was totally amazed. For just under £6.00 I had found a treatment for my awful scalp problem after spending so much money on expensive products that never did anything at all.
All I can say is please give this a try. It really does work. I never ever thought I would be on a net site writing a review for anything let alone a shampoo for scalp problems!! But I am and I just hope you read this and go out and buy some because without sounding too corny . . it did make my life so much easier and bought all my confidence back.
Alphosyl 2 in 1 is available at big supermarkets and chemists. You can also get it on prescription but if you have to pay for your prescriptions I shouldnt bother, its cheeper to buy it. It comes in 125ml or 250ml bottles. I pay £5.49 for a 250ml bottle at my local chemist and the 125ml bottle costs £2.99. This might be cheeper at Tesco but I dont know because my Tesco is a little piddly store with only the essentials in it!!!
Why did I buy it?
I suffer from Psoriasis which is a skin condition similar to excema but it doesnt go away quite so easily. I had been using PolyTar shampoo which my doctor prescribed but I fell out with it as it stank and made my hair dull and damaged. So off I pops back to my trusty GP who told me to try Alphosyl 2in1. "Just go to the chemists and buy it my dear" he says "If you're not satisfied I'll eat my stethescope!". Very funny man, my doctor.
I went and bought it. Just the little bottle because I thought it was rather expensive and the lable said you need to use a good amount. So anyway I gets it home and took over the bathroom. I opened the bottle and had a sniff. It smelled soooo nice compared to that stinky brown muck I had subjected my barnet to for 3weeks running. For a medicated shampoo it does smell nice and its not unappealing to look at. Although please don't expect a herbal escences because its not that good a smell, just not offensive. So I gets to washing and found that you dont actually need that much to get a decent lather. I now find that I only need a medium sized blob for my hair which is long and rather thick. After rinsing and blow drying my hair actually looked nice which it hadnt done in ages. My hair looked healthy, clean, shiny and more to the point not frizzy. As I had been using a "normal" shampoo for a few days my scalp had flared up. Upon inspection my scabs were less red and sore but still there so I avoided the nice black tops. I found that I wasn't itching or picking at my scalp or even behind my ears like I usually do. After a week of use I was chuffed to bits. My smaller scabs had gone and the rest were quickly following suit and not flaking. I could wear a black top, joy!!! I do have to make a point here that I use steroid creams so people who are relying on the shampoo alone might find it takes a little longer. My hair is very shiny and looks healthy and strong. I follow the advice on the lable and alternate it with another shampoo to minimise the side effects. When chosing another shampoo to alternate with, use one that hasn't got coal tar in it, or alcohol or fragrances as this will trigger a flare up.
The active ingredient is coal tar. Regular use can cause naturally or coloured fair hair to go several shades browner or redder in some cases. Another side effect, which I have not experienced myself, is that on warm sunny days your scalp could burn. Like I said I havent had this problem but you might so you must must must do what the bottle tells you. Alternate with another shampoo.
My Overall opinion
Overall I am completely in love with this shampoo. It is more expensive but worth it. I buy a 500ml bottle for £5.49 which lasts about two months. My hair looks gorgeous (big head???) and my hairdresser says it is much healthier and stronger. My scalp is completely under control and I now only have a couple of red marks which don't pose a problem. Most of the scabs have dissappeared completely as has the dandruff and "Does she have nits?" effects. I would recomend to anyone with a dry scalp condition such as mine. My friend Hollie has excema and my sister also has psoriasis. Both of them have reported great results upon recomendation. So try it, if you dont like it Ill tell my doctor and post pictures of my him eating his stethescope!!!
Now what we havent use is untrue, Vitamins, Gold Injections, Sunbeds, Every cream you can think of.. one of the best ones is SSC Salcap but living in a realistic world you would not have to venture out if you used this as its just oil and coal tar, very strong and you have to leave it on for a few days for it to work. So coming back to the real world, we had to find something that he could go out and use and the main thing was it had to stop the flaking of his scalp. Alphosyl is licensed by Glaxo and is made by a company in Preston. The Packaging ------------- The one I am going to talk to you about is the 250ml size. Its in a white squarish bottle with a white flip top lid. The front of it has a see thro label and the writing is in navy blue telling you its Alphosyl 2 in 1 shampoo with 55 coal tar. Its also tells you its a medicated cleanser and that its smells nice. On the back are the ingriendients and what the product is for which I have already covered. also the directions for use and some precautions are listed. The Product ----------- What is 2 in 1? Basically its a shampoo and conditioner with ingriendients that are soft and gentle on irritated skin. Now its use is not just for Psorasis, you can use it on Dandruff and itchy scalps and seborrhoeic dermatitis. When you open the flip top lid, you can smell the coal tar straight away. Personally i love the smell of this as it smells really clean and thats before you have started to use it. The liquid I would say is just a bit thicker than normal shampoo and the colour of it is dark green. Now this sounds disgusting but lets give it a fair run and see if it works. First of all wet your hair and put a small amount of this shampoo about a 50p worth on your scalp and massage it into your head, now remember this is an active shampoo for scalp conditions so give it time to work, its not a quick shampoo and go type of product. The shampoo lathers up
very well and the smell is lovely. After completing this give your a rinse thoroughlly and repeat again. If this shampoo does not work after two or three days then its time to make a visit to your doctors as this product should work on most scalp problems. Also this is true if you come out in a rash due to the product. Avoid contact with eyes, as with anything wash your eyes out with cold water if this happens. The results ------------ It certainly does work even tho its horrible looking shampoo. It has cut down my husbands psorasis when he uses it over time about 90% and the flakes have almost disapeared. It leaves his hair nice and shiney and fluffy. Now my husband uses this product every day and sometimes if he misses a day or two his hair does become greasy quite quick so you have to keep the regime up until it has gone or if your like my husband whom it will never totally disappear, do it regularly. The price is around £6 for the 250ml bottle and around £3 for the 125ml bottle. however we get ours on prescription as we use a lot of this each month. Try it if you have scalp problems it does work. WWW.glaxosmithkline.com or universal Products, Fairfield, kirkham, preston, lancs, pr4 3ja. or Psosrasis Association, milton house, 7 milton street, northamptonshire nn2 7jg or Psoratic Arthropathy Alliance, po box 11, st albans, herts, al2 3jq. hope you have found this useful karen :0)
This is a product that I used when I was in my early teens. To tell you the truth it can be very embarrassing having an itchy scalp. In you’re teens appearance is everything and just imagine having to scratch your hair and using all kinds of dandruff shampoos to get rid of the problem. I finally decided to go the doctors who gave me Alphosyl and said my scalp would improve through continuos use. I can still remember how it was so embarrassing going to visit the doctor and explain my problem but I figured it would be more embarrassing if I had a itchy, flaky scalp. The doctor was really nice and understanding so just as an aside, if you do have problem visit the doctor. Anyway, I was amazed at the results. Although, it took a couple of weeks for me to notice the difference but I couldn’t believe that I had a product that worked. I was so happy, no more dying to scratch my hair and people thinking I have nits. I did use Alphosyl for a few months but after a bit I stopped using it. Thank-fully my scalp was ok. As you can imagine it was such a relief not to have a scratchy scalp. I couldn’t believe that the problem was resolved. I had used so many products and spent so much money. Alphosyl is available on prescription or from your local pharmacy. If you have a flaky or itchy scalp then do visit your doctor because it can get better. The shampoo is quite think, a dark dull greeny colour. Use a good amount and apply to your hair like you would a normal shampoo. It smells really strong but nice and it does leave your hair looking clean and shiny. If you use regularly you will soon notice the difference. However, don’t stop using this product after the first bottle finishes, wait until your scalp improves fully which can be quite a few months before using a normal shampoo. The bottle is 200ml and it comes in a small bottle it will last for a couple of weeks but depends on how regul
arly you use it. It is recommended that you use it every two or three days. For me having a itchy scalp was extremely embarrassing I hope by writing this opinion anyone with the same problem will buy this product or visit their doctor for help because it can be treated.
I`ve suffered with a very itchy scalp for many years. Although it`s not a serious illness it is a very embarrasing condition for the sufferer. When you`re continually scratching your head in public everyone looks at you thinking you`ve got nits or something. I used to use t-gel shampoo which lessened the itching a bit, but the smell of this shampoo is disgusting, so I stopped using it. Well, after many weeks of scratching so much that I was making my scalp bleed, I thought it was time for another trip to my local chemist. There I found Alphosyl 2 in 1(shampoo with conditioner). Nearly all medicated shampoos made for the treatment of scalp conditions, contain coal tar, well so does this one. The shampoo is an absolutely vile pearlescent dark green colour, and this nearly put me off using it until I had a sniff inside the bottle. The smell is gorgeous and really strong and is quite noticable several hours after washing your hair. The instructions state that you need to use quite a sizeable amount to acquire a good lather. This is not the case. I used only a tiny blob to start off with, and this gave my head quite a liberal coating of bubbles. Afterwards it leaves your hair feeling really soft and looking really shiny and healthy, and leaves it with a glorious smell. On the bottle it also states, that to receive the full benefits you need to use it every 2 or 3 days. Now this will most probably vary from person to person, but I found that if I use it once a week and use a different shampoo in between, then it still controls the itching really well. The mistake that most people make when using medicated shampoos, is they think it will totally eradicate their scalp condition straight after first use, and when it doesn`t, they think it`s no good and stop using it. These type of shampoos take a while before you notice the effects. I used alphosyl for about 2 weeks before the itching started to
gradually lessen. When using any product that contains coal tar for long periods, then you must be very careful when you`re outside. This is because coal tar can make your scalp very sensitive to the sun. So if your head suddenly starts getting very sore, then it`s not the shampoo that is at fault, it`s because you should be wearing a hat. It`s for that reason that I only use the shampoo once a week, and so far I haven`t encountered this problem. Another side effect of prolonged use of coal tar, is that it can gradually change your hair colour if your hair is very light. It can change to either light brown or orange. So if you don`t fancy looking like the tango man, then you`d be advised to use it sparingly. Another reason you shouldn`t use it more than 2 or 3 times a week, is that it can have the opposite effect. Because of the coal tar in this shampoo, if you use it too often it can cause skin irritation, if this does happen then you must stop using it. This shampoo is recomended for the treatment of psoriasis, itching scalp, dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis, and costs £2.99 for a 125ml bottle from most chemists. Although it is quite pricey for the amount of shampoo you get, I do think it is good value for money because it does do what it says it does on the bottle. I highly recommend you give it a try if you suffer with an itchy scalp. As always, if you have any adverse effects, discontinue use and contact your doctor. Also if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or are breast feeding then you should see your doctor before using this shampoo. P.s, if any of you lovely dooyoo people are in a generous mood, could you please read my last opinion because it is looking rather pitiful and lonely.
For the treatment of scalp disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, scaling and itching (often associated with eczema) and dandruff /