T-gel is a shampoo which aims to control the symptoms of dandruff and other scalp irritants. I suffer from an extreme dry scalp, severe flaking and this is the only shampoo I have ever used that can control it effectively. Just use a small amount on your head, work it into your hair and scalp, leave for a few minutes to works its magic and then rinse off.
It doesn't smell great (unless you like the smell of tar!) and the box it comes in isn't funky - looks like something you get from a chemist! It does however get the job done better than any other anti-dandruff shampoo I have ever used. Essentially if you have an itchy scalp you should be using it.
Its expensive in comparison to other dandruff shampoos but again its the best out there. Starts working in just one wash and you don't need to use too much of it as its so strong - so it does last too!
I suffer from a very dry, itch scalp. Psoriasis runs in my family and although I've not been diagnosed with this condition, I do think perhaps this is what I suffer from in my scalp.
The dryness is mainly around my hairline and causes white flakes which can look unsightly and are embarrassing. I tried this shampoo after a recommendation from a close family member.
It is a very clinical looking product. The packaging is very simple and basic as is the label on the bottle. It looks just like a prescribed product would, in my opinion.
The liquid does not look or smell the best. It is a brown liquid and quite gloopy and thick with a rather strong menthol type smell, very medical fragrance. However, it lathers up beautifully and leaves my hair feeling clean and soft, the smell does stay on your hair for a while but by the next day it is pretty much gone (unless it's just that I can not smell it anymore)
Within 3 uses of this shampoo my white flakes and itchy scalp showed a big sign of improvement and within a couple of weeks had cleared up completely. I now just use this shampoo once a week and use my regular shampoo at other times.
If there is a time I do not want the smell to be noticed, I use T Gel for the first shampoo, rinse and then use my ordinary shampoo to disguise the smell a little. But to be honest if rather this than he embarrassed by the state if my hair and scalp.
Highly recommended! Although a little pricey for a shampoo, it works!
Comes in pale blue and white cardboard box.
In tall plastic bottle with blue flip top lid. Thick amber coloured liquid.
Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo with Coal Tar Extract.
Avoid contact with eyes and do not use on broken skin.
Active Ingredient - Neutar Solubilised Coal Tar Extract 20 mg/ml.
Available in 125 and 250 ml sizes.
Produced by Mc Neil Products Ltd or Purna Pharmaceuicals Ltd for Johnson & Johnson.
To use - wet hair thoroughly and apply a liberal amount of shampoo and lather up well. Leave for several minutes. Rinse and repeat once more, rinse again. Apply as described two or three times a week. Not to be used on children under 12 years.
Treatment should last about 6 weeks - If there is no improvement by then see your doctor or pharmacist.
If irritation develops stop use and consult your doctor.
Long shelf life - my expiry date is August 2015.
For use with itchy flaky scalp such as dandruff, psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis.
WARNINGS - do not use if you have had a bad reaction to coal tar or any other of the ingredients. Do not use on broken or inflamed skin.Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding unless recommended by your doctor. In rare cases there may be temporary discolouration of blond, bleached or tinted hair.
£8.82 for 250 mls at local chemist but £6.75 at Tesco.
Well I was prescribed a bottle of this back in November last year as I had one little patch or itchiness o the side of my scalp.
Initially I was not very keen to use it as it says not to use on broken skin and I did seem to have sort of scabs on my little irritated patch, so I kept it in the cupboard over Christmas.
Anyway later on I decided I ought to give it a go and just hope for the best.
The shampoo is very thick and a deep ambery colour. It has a distinctive coal tar smell although it has perfume added but personally I did not mind this at all - I was always a fan of the coal tar soaps when I was a child.
The shampoo lathers well and rinses out ok too so I had no problems using it.
I was not given any specific instructions as to how to use it so I followed the instructions on the box. The shampoo also came with a large explanatory leaflet inside the box as well.
Now I have used this shampoo on and off for a few months and although I do not mind the smell and have not found it made my hair dry and unmanageable as some people do, I must admit I have not really found much improvement with my little patch of irritation. I think the doctor said it was a bit of
seborrhoeic dermatitis but it is not worse and maybe a liitle better. Not completely cleared up but now I will try some good old fashioned remedies and put a little Manuka honey on it from time to time.
I am sure this is a good shampoo but it did not really solve my problem.
3 stars. Good quality shampoo that may work for some conditions.
===Would I Recommend?===
The Active Ingredient is: NeutarTM Solubilised Coal Tar Extract 20 mg/ml
Other Ingredients are: Macrogol Lauryl Ether (4), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate, Cocodiethanolamide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E218), Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E216), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid Anhydrous, Perfume (contains Esters of Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (E321)), Sodium Chloride, Purified Water.
T-gel is a product made by Neutrogena. It's main aim it to eliminate an itchy scalp and oily hair that is caused by psoriasis, eczema, dandruff etc. As everyone who has dandruff knows, it's quite embarrassing especially if you have dark hair. People start noticing the flakes in your hair or you itching and it's not nice, it can bring your self confidence right down.
So how does it work...
Active ingredients in the formula are made to calm your scalp down and reduce a flaky irritating scalp.
What's the packaging like....
The packaging is quite basic, it's a plastic bottle in a box. The box looks quite clinical and medicinal. When you take the shampoo bottle out of the box, it's a basic see through plastic bottle. When you see throw the bottle you can see the product. This product does not look quite attractive being a dirty brown muddy colour.
What's in it....
0.5% coal tar- research done on coal tar shows that coal tar is very effective to eliminate dandruff.
Purified water- this is used as a foundation on which all the other ingredients work.
Preservative- this will make your shampoo have a longer shelf life.
Cocamide DEA- this is what makes the shampoo bubble and lather.
Fragrance- no one actually knows what this fragrance is, but it's used for the product to smell nice.
How to use....
Wet your hair.
Put the shampoo into your hair as you would with any other shampoo.
Leave in for a few minutes.
This product is safe to use daily however you should use it at least twice a week.
You can get this product online for around £4.48 for a 125ml bottle. As with all products, they are much more expensive in store.
If you are wanting to buy this product in store, you will find it in any chemist, Boots, Superdrug etc.
I have always used this product since I was a child however I do think that Neutrogena has improved the smell a bit, made it a little more subtle. Anyway I was in the bath and my mam took this out of the box and it stank! It was that strong it made my eyes water! So she washed my hair with it then rinsed. After a few days, I was having compliments off everyone saying that my hair was amazingly clean. Obviously as a child I was not so bothered about my appearance but as I was growing up I realised how much I needed T-gel
The best bits....
This product works from the first use, I have suffered with dandruff since I was a little girl, so this product is a lifesaver with me.
Cheap enough, I love the price tag with this product, I think it is well worth the price.
As well as getting rid of my dandruff, it cleans my hair superbly.
I love the charcoal smell to it, not so sure if other people will!
I love that it has been dermatologically tested so im assured how safe it is.
The not so good bits....
I don't think this product has any.
I love this product and I would say that it is the best shampoo to get rid of hair problems on the market. I can't fault it at all. My opinion would be if you are going to buy a shampoo like this, make it t-gel because you will NOT be disappointed.
Would I recommend?
Without a doubt. It's the best anti dandruff shampoo on the market.
Neutrogena T/Gel Shampoo
I bought this a few months ago but I have been using it recently as my scalp has been really irritated by certain products and I have finally used up the bottle of this shampoo and it has been helping.
- Product description (from Superdrug)
"T/Gel® is a fragranced medicated shampoo, which should be used as often as needed or as recommended by your dermatologist or doctor for the treatment of itchy, flaky scalp disorders such as psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis."
- About the product
I bought the 125ml bottle which is fairly small, most shampoo bottle contain 250ml. The bottle is clear and the shampoo itself is a brown colour, not really want I want in a shampoo. This product claims to be an effective treatment shampoo for Scalp Psoriasis, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Dandruff.
The scent of this shampoo is just horrible! The scent is that of coal tar and that is really the only way to describe it. There has been no attempt by the manufacturer to reduce or mask the scent, as far as I know. Not only is the scent really horrible but it is strong and lingering too which is great if you like the scent but it is just disgusting, in my opinion. And the scent stays in my hair even when the shampoo has been washed out and my hair is dry!
- Using the product and results
I have used the bottle up now but when I used this product, I didn't use it every time I washed my hair as the scent is just horrible - and you don't get a lot of product in one bottle (even though it is the same price, or more, as a normal 250ml bottle of shampoo). The shampoo has a really thick consistency although it does lather really quite well. However as the shampoo lathers well, the scent does intensify which isn't pleasant. Once the shampoo lathers fully I do feel like it cleans my hair well. Rinsing this product out is a little bit more difficult and time consuming when compared to other shampoos I have used. When this product is rinsed out I can still smell the shampoo in my hair and even after a scented conditioner has been applied I can still smell the coal tar scent. Overall, I hate the scent but this product does lather well and it cleans my hair fairly well. Once my hair is dry I find that my scalp isn't as irritated as before and I do not experience any flakiness, dryness or irritation when I use this product - however it does really do anything apart from not irritating. This shampoo isn't detangling, smoothing or softening, in my opinion.
- Price and availability
I bought this shampoo a few months ago and it is now price at £4.15 for 125ml at superdrug. This product can also be found at: Tesco, Amazon, online pharmacies, eBay, Lloyds pharmacy and Boots. I find that this shampoo does what it says on the tin (mostly) but I still think it is overpriced for what it is.
- Easy to use
- Works well at reducing irritation/flakiness/dryness
- Lathers well
- Scent is horrible and strong
- The scent lasts in my hair
- You don't get a lot of product for your money
Thank you for reading my review
My husband suffers from occasional dandruff/itchy scalp outbursts. He uses Head and Shoulders as a regular shampoo to keep this in check but when things get a bit worse than usual this isn't enough. I remembered using T Gel in the past and wondered if this was something that he might find helped him. I purchased a bottle of this Therapeutic Shampoo by Neutrogena for around £5 for a 125ml bottle.
The shampoo is said to 'offer effective treatment for Scalp Psoriasis, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (dry, itching scalp) and Dandruff'. It contains solubilised coal tar extract. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a blue plastic flip cap. Through the bottle you can see the shampoo which is a deep brown/amber in colour. It is also quite thick in consistency. When you buy the shampoo, the bottle comes in a cardboard box - hinting at the medicated nature of the shampoo (and the yellow banner on the box with 'treats dandruff problems' pretty much lets everyone know why you are buying it!).
The directions state to use this shampoo once or twice a week to treat psoriasis or dandruff problems. You are meant to wash your hair into a lather and leave on for 6-7 minutes. The shampoo has a very distinctive (and rather unpleasant) medicated scent - which is predominantly the tar content. It really does smell the bathroom out when used (I can always tell if this has been used) and it is a little off putting to think this is applied to your hair. It lathers well and rinses out ok too and once rinsed, the smell does not last on the hair (thankfully).
So, the shampoo doesn't smell great but it works. After just one wash, my husband's scalp had vastly improved in appearance and he reported that it felt much better too - with much less itchiness. The flaky scalp issue all but disappeared after one use, so it really is quite fantastic - as it needed to be to put up with the ghastly smell! My husband now uses this from time to time whenever he feels that the problem could be returning. It cleans the hair well and keeps the scalp issues in check. So, overall, not a beauty product but one that helps with scalp problems very successfully.
I was actually recommended this shampoo by my little girls doctor. I was concerned that my little girl still had quite a bit of cradle cap for two and a half but on closer inspection she said it was probably a bit of psoriasis. According to an article I read, "Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that effects skin. It is commonly seen as red and white scaly patches which appear on the first layer of the skin."
Instead of prescribing a harsh medicated shampoo the doctor said I could just pick up some of this shampoo from the shelf in Boots. I did clarify with her as the bottle says this is not for young children but as I was only instructed to use a little it did not matter.
Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo is described as the most effective medicated shampoo available from T/Gel to treat itchy, flaky scalps. It is an effective treatment for Dandruff, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Scalp Psoriasis.
I was instructed to use a little of this shampoo every three or four days and shampoo normally as I would on my little girls hair. I only use a very tiny amount of shampoo on her hair and once I have applied it I tend to leave it on for a few minutes as best I can so it really gets a chance to work on her scalp. I can't always do this every time as she really hates her hair being washed and screams all the way through it as I think the psoriasis makes her head hurt but thankfully this shampoo has really been working to take the flakes away. It has been a bit of a slow process as we've been using this shampoo for a few months now but I gave really noticed the patches getting smaller and some have gone completely thankfully.
If you were to follow the instructions on the bottle it says that, "NeutrogenaT/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo is a fragranced medicated shampoo, which should be used as often as needed or as recommended by your dermatologist or doctor, for the treatment of itchy, flaky scalp disorders such as dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis. Regular use helps control these problems, while leaving your hair shiny and manageable."
The smell is not a very pleasant one, it's got a very heavy medicated smell and is quite off-putting, not something you would really want to wash your hair in but we can over look that as its working. The shampoo is a bit different from other shampoos too as its got a very thick, tar like consistency and doesn't lather up very well but I'm sure this is to do with its healing properties.
If you can over look the smell and the price, a 200 ml bottle costs £6.99 then I do recommend this medicated shampoo as it works for us!
A while ago my daughter had just had nits and I started getting a really itchy scalp so thought I had the dreaded blighters however no matter how many times family checked my hair they all insisted there was nothing there not even a flaky scalp. The itchiness was driving me mad so I decided to give a medicated shampoo a try and hoped that would help.
I had a look in my local Asda store when I was doing my shopping and found that T Gel was the cheapest of the medicated shampoos at £4 for a 125ml bottle which isn't very big at all but if it did the job I wasn't too bothered about the price. As I say I bought this from Asda but it can be bought at chemists, other supermarkets and even online.
The product came packaged in a cardboard box although I can't really remember anything about the box apart from it was easy to open. The bottle inside the box was made of soft plastic and had a grey flip top lid on it. On the front of the bottle you have the name of the product and the statements that it is an effective treatment for scalp psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff. The shampoo is only suitable for adults and children over 12 and can be used two to three times per week and the treatment should last about 6 weeks and then if no improvement you should consult a doctor.
On opening the bottle you can small the product straight away and top me it smells of creosol which isn't exactly the nicest smell for a shampoo. The shampoo is very thick and you need to squeeze the bottle to gloop the product into your hands. The shampoo has to be applied to wet and hair and then lathered and left on the scalp for a few minutes before rinsing out of the hair. The shampoo isn't very easy to lather so I would say make sure your hair really is soaked before using the product, the shampoo rinses from the hair easily but unfortunately the smell remains in the hair for quite a while.
The first couple of weeks I used this product I used it twice a week and then I cut it down to once a week for four weeks and this has really improved my scalp. I no longer have any itchiness so the product really does work, I have enough left in the bottle for one more use so at least I have it there ready to start treatment if it happens again. When using this product I don't use conditioner on my hair and it is still tangle free and easy to manage and my hair is also soft and shiny it just is a pity about the smell of it but it is worth it to be itch free.
I would recommend this product to anyone with an itchy scalp as I know how annoying it can be and this really does give relief.
When I was a bit younger I used to suffer quite badly with dandruff. I used head and shoulders and gave Voscene a go, but nothing seemed to clear it up.
As a girl who loves fruity hair products with fashionable advertising and colourful bottles with words like "beautiful" and "luscious" plastered all over them, T Gel didn't stand out to me. It comes in an almost medicinal box that is blue, white and yellow. It didn't appeal to say the least, but my Mum promised it would work. And it really did. After the first use my hair was almost completely dandruff and itch free; it's really a miracle shampoo.
T Gel is made by Neutrogena and claims to provide effective treatment for Scalp Psoriasis, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Dandruff. The bottle recommends using it 2 or 3 times a week which is what I do when my dandruff flares up. It also says that it should not be used by children under 12 years of age. The active ingredient is Neutar Solubilised Coal Tar Extract which doesn't sound like something I want to clean my hair with, but this ingredient helps to reduce the production (or overproduction) of skin cells on the scalp. I don't have a serious scalp condition, just a bit of dandruff so this works really well; I don't know how effective it is on Psoriasis, but I would definitely give it a go if you suffer with this.
The shampoo itself is a dark amber colour and it's really thick - a bit like golden syrup. It doesn't smell like fruit or flowers or coconut like my usual hair products - it smells like chemicals. And it tastes horrific if you're unfortunate enough to get some in your mouth. In the shower while it's on my hair I can really feel how dry it makes it. It feels like straw just after you rinse it out and I dread to think what my hair would look like if I didn't use a good conditioner afterwards. From my experience conditioners don't ruin the effect of the T Gel so I would definitely recommend using one, especially if you have long hair.
These days I don't really have to use it every day. My normal Aussie shampoo takes care of my hair just fine, but sometimes my dandruff makes an unwelcomed reappearance, usually because of outside influences like weather, and when it does I go out and buy T Gel and use it for a few days to get rid of it. Every time it gets rid of my dandruff from the first use which is still really impressive even after years of using it.
I hate it sitting in my bathroom because it's an ugly bottle, but I prefer it to having dandruff so it's worth it. T Gel is available from Boots in 250ml bottles for £6.99. I tend not to get the bottle this big because you don't use it every day and once my dandruff is clear, I no longer need to use it so I buy the 125ml bottles which are £4.99. It's more than I'd usually pay for shampoo, but as it works so well I can bring myself to pay it. I'm giving it 4/5 because I would like it to leave my hair in a nicer condition.
I started suffering from a really stubborn dry, flaky scalp in my early twenties. I could scratch it to the point of bleeding. It was embarrassing and I often avoided wearing dark coloured tops because of it. I tried numerous specialist shampoos and nothing seemed to help.
After googling my problem online I came across t-gel therapeutic. I was sceptical but thought it was worth a try. This shampoo can be picked up in most large supermarkets and chemists. It's pretty widely available. It cost me about £5 for 125ml...so not a huge bottle, but it is available in a bigger sizes. This is obviously an expensive shampoo, but if necessary your doctor can prescribe it to you. If you live in Scotland or Wales you can get prescriptions for free, so it's well worth it of you're not absolutely terrified of your local GPs office like I am! Even if you have to pay for this shampoo it's totally worth it.
The shampoo is tar like - both in consistency and smell - it is a dark caramel brown colour. The smell is pretty unpleasant, and definitely had a medicinal edge. It lingers on the hair too, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The consistency is thick, and you don't really need to use much of it. I found the best way to use this was to massage it into your scalp. The shampoo lathers up quite well and you can almost feel it cleaning your hair and working on your scalp. It's best to leave it on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing off. You can repeat the process after the first rinse but I never really felt this was necessary.
This shampoo worked wonders for me. Within a week my scalp was about 50% better, and it had cleared completely within about 4 weeks. I have to say that it isn't recommended for daily use, but I used this every day. The shampoo left my hair soft, if a little bit flyaway.
I stopped using T-gel Theraputic Shampoo gradually. I didn't want to immediately switch to something else in case my scalp became a problem again. I went down to using this three times a week, then twice, then once, and eventually was able to stop using it altogether. If I ever feel my scalp becoming tight or becoming flaky I know I can pick up a bottle of this and treat it quickly and effectively.
What is worse than an itchy head? a husband with an itchy head! My husband has always had greasy hair and has been troubled from time to time by dandruff, but, a couple of months ago this started to escalate until he was really mithered, (a good Lancastrian word), by a very itchy head and nasty flaky scalp. We tried shampoos that we had used before. Head and Shoulders just made his hair look like straw and Vosene, which had worked in the past did not make any imprecision at all. time to call in the big guns! I read a few reviews about T-Gel and decided to hang the expense, something had to be done so I bought a bottle of Neutogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo 125ml from our local Morrison's for 4.89pounds.
Down the Coal Mine!
This shampoo is specifically made for treating scalp psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, (itchy dry slap to you and me), and dandruff. It comes in a blue and white cardboard box with a yellow flash on the top face which says "Treats Itchy, Flaky Scalp". So there is no mistaking the box! It claims to treat your scalp and care for your hair. It contains solubilised coal tar extract which is obtained ( according to Wikipedia), when coal is carbonised to make coke or, gassified to make coal gas. The box comes with many warnings and states that very rarely side affects can occur. These could be sensitivity to sunlight so avoid direct sunlight immediately after use and skin irritation and acne like breakouts. It can also , in rare cases cause discolouration of blond, bleached or tinted hair, so I will not be using it! It should be kept out of the reach of children and stored below 25degrees C away from direct sunlight. Do not use after expiry date. It is considered to be a medicine and should be treated as such. It also lists the many ingredients which it contains some which may cause irritation or allergies.
How to Use.
If you feel like using it after reading the many warnings!, wet your hair and massage a good quantity of the shampoo into your hair and scalp to form a rich lather and leave for a few minutes . Rinse and repeat and then rinse again thoroughly. The shampoo itself is a clear brown liquid with a distinctive smell which to me is a mixture of soap and creosote, not the best smell in the world but not too bad if you are really suffering from an itchy head. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip up blue top with many of the same warnings printed on the back of the bottle. Children under 12 should NOT use this shampoo. Adults should use it two or three times a week and if no improvement is seen after 6 weeks, consult your doctor. Do not swallow or get in eyes.
It really has helped with the itchy head and the dandruff which is a great relief to us all but I really am put off by all the warnings. We will certainly not be using it in the summer time, (remember that?), particularly in Spain when we work outside nearly all the time and although it has helped a lot I am now, more inclined to try and find a natural solution especially as coal tar has some (very, very mild I am told), carcogenic properties. because of these worries I am awarding it 4 stars only.
Made by Johnson and Johnson.
No recycling information that I can see on the packaging, nor life span after openin
The packaging has braille markings on it for ease of identification by people with sight problems.
Readily available in supermarkets and chemists in 125ml and 250ml
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash
After spending years at school being told I had something in my hair and itching my scalp to the point of bleeding, I took a trip to the doctor's. I explained to the doctor that no matter what shampoo I use or what hair products, the problem only ever seemed to get worse. So, I was diagnosed with Psoriasis and the doctor recommended T/Gel, I must admit I was very doubtful, how could this shampoo possibly have anything that other shampoos don't? T/Gel proved me wrong and within 2 weeks my scalp was lump free and my hair was clear of dandruff, what a life saver! Not only that but the itching stopped aswell. My mother had similar problems with her hair but the T/Gel I use didn't help her too much, so a friend reccomended we visit the neutrogena website, and after a few clicks and some reading the website had told mum the exact T/Gel product that she needed to buy - they were incredibly helpful! T/Gel is a bit more expensive than normal shampoos at around £6 for a 250 ml bottle but it's definitely worth the extra money! Now the smell, some people love it, some hate it, I happen to love the smell but it really does depend on the nose, it's certainly a unique smell! T/Gel doesn't look all that either, its sort of a gooey, opaque brown colour and has the consistency of runny honey, but don't let this put you off, it's definitely worth it in the long run!
If you like to swap and change between shampoo's like me, for a bit of variety, I find that if I use T/Gel once a week I can use whatever shampoo I like for the rest of the week dandruff free! (This is also a good idea if you don't appreciate the smell)
Having spent most of my teenage years being plagued by what I believed to be dandruff I have tried and tested most of the anti-dandruff shampoos on the market and none of them seemed to work. My mum and I were baffled as to why my dandruff seemed to be he-man, superduper strength and immune to everything we tried. Until I changed hairdressers, found one that knew what they were talking about and who informed me that I actually suffer from psoriasis on my scalp and not dandruff at all! She recommended I try hair products that were made only from natural ingredients as a way of treating it, but after I'd told my mum what it was she spotted T-Gel therapeutic shampoo in the supermarket, saw that it was good for treating psoriasis and so bought some for me.
At around £6.65 for a bottle smaller than the average shampoo bottle I thought it was a bit pricey for a shampoo, but if it worked it would be worth every penny.
And work, it has! Finally I have a shampoo that gets rid of the flakey skin on my scalp and stops the itching that I suffered from for years. Whilst it isn't a particularly pleasant shampoo to use - it's thick, gloopy and dark brown, and the fragrance isn't all that nice either and smells quite strongly (tar is one of the main ingredients) so it's not exactly something you would want to rush to slather all over your head! But I find that if I use this first (you have to leave it on for about 5 minutes for maximum effect), then use a "normal" shampoo, or in my case shampoo for curly hair, and then use my usual conditioner then the smell from the T-Gel gets masked by the other products and doesn't linger, thank goodness!
Even if it didn't smell strongly though, I would probably still use a second shampoo as well as this works mainly on your scalp and I don't think it cleans and treats the length of my hair as well a normal shampoo does.
Bizarrely my husband suffers from the same condition, although to a much worse extent, poor thing, and now we both wouldn't be without this shampoo. On the rare occasions that we do run out and have to use a normal shampoo on it's own we both notice pretty much immediately that the scratching returns and the flakiness becomes a problem once again. So, obivously the T-Gel doesn't actually cure your scalp of psoriasis, but it definitely does ease the symptoms to a huge extent.
Niggles with it:
-Whilst it is more than I would normally want to pay for a shampoo, there is a Bodycare shop near us that sell it slightly cheaper (around£5.50) and often have it on special offer too (and we once found it at CostCo on 2 for a tenner which was a bargain!), it is definitely worth every penny for us. It sounds daft to say that this has changed our lives, but if you've suffered from and itchy, flakey scalp you know how irritating it can be, and to have relief from that is fantastic...I can wear dark tops again now!
-It comes in a plastic bottle with a flip cap (if you've read my previous reviews you know the flipcap is a big bonus for me!), but the bottle comes in a box too, which to me is a complete waste of a box and totally unncessary. We try to be as ecologically responsible as possible and excess packaging is a particular bug bear for me.
In conclusion, this shampoo, for us at least, has been revolutionary! I willingly pay the price tag for is, as it's the only shampoo we've found to work on our psoriasis, and although it's not a pleasant smelling or looking product it's a constant on our bathroom shelf. So I will be awarding it 5 stars because it work so well that I don't care about the rest of it!
Now...if only I could find a body alternative to cure my poor husbands skin psoriasis too :(
So, after itching my scalp to the point of it bleeding and forming scabs, I figured enough was enough and it was time to take action. I was working as a Sales Assistant at the time and no one wants to be served by someone who can't stop scratching their head!
Mum brought me a bottle of this stuff as she'd read positive reviews of it on the internet. It's more expensive than other shampoos but we figured it was worth the money if it solved my problem. So did it work?
What it does?
According to the box, Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo is 'Effective Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (dry, itching scalp) and Dandruff'.
Treatment takes about 6 weeks.
What's it like?
The shampoo is very thick and has the consistency of treacle or honey. It looks like treacle too and smells a bit like furniture polish. My mum thought it smelt like tar! Either way, it's certainly nothing like the fruity/fragranced smell which we've become accustomed to when it comes to shampoos and hair care products. I did consider washing my hair with a normal shampoo afterwards, just to clear away the smell but I was worried that the medicine wouldn't work as effectively if I did this. In the end I became accustomed to the smell and even grew to like it but it won't be to everyone's taste.
Like most medicines, the shampoo comes in a box complete with instructions for use and usage exceptions. The shampoo itself is packaged in a see through bottle with a flip top lid and you're supposed to squeeze the bottle to release the shampoo. The problem with this however, is that the thick consistency of the shampoo makes it hard to control how much your squeezing onto your hand at a time. I often ended up with far more shampoo than I had intended to use.
Does it work?
For me, no it didn't. I should point out though that I have worse scalp problems than most of the others who have reviewed this shampoo. I've gone past the point of itching and have actually caused my scalp to scab and bleed at times. So I guess I was a bit naïve to expect it to work for a problem that severe.
However, what it did do was leave my hair feeling fresher and cleaner than any other shampoo I have ever used. My hair is prone to greasiness so the clean feeling was really nice. I could definitely tell the difference between this and cheaper shampoos.
How to use
It's not as straight forward as simple shampoos. You have to massage the shampoo into your hair and scalp then leave it a few minutes before rinsing. Once you've rinsed it off you then have to apply another coat and do the same thing again. So it's not as quick and easy as using a normal shampoo and conditioner but it did leave my hair feeling lovely.
It's recommended that the shampoo be used 2 to 3 times a week for it to really work. As I was using it twice a week and noticed no difference, I would consider buying it again and trying it three times a week. However, at over £5 a bottle, this is an expensive business!
Where to buy?
The 125ml bottles come in at round about £4. Obviously, the larger bottle is more expensive, priced around the £5/£6 mark. Since this stuff isn't cheap, do make sure you shop around before buying to see if you can find a better deal.
However, since this is a medicine as well as a shampoo, I guess the price is reasonable.
So unfortunately this stuff didn't work for me. However, this product has very positive reviews, not just from other Dooyooer's but on other websites too. Therefore, I think it probably does work but not for those with severe scalp complaints like mine. What it did do, however, is leave my hair feeling cleaner and fresher than any other shampoo I've ever used and I even grew to love the unusual smell of it.
I think it probably works best on those with mild scalp complaints. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
I first started to suffer from a dry itchy scalp when I was about 13. I used to scratch all the time, in my sleep as well, so would wake up with blood spots on my pillow. It was also not the best thing for an already self conscious teenage girl! My doctor identified the problem as scalp psoriasis, and gave me a prescription for t/gel. I tried it, and after a dozen shampoos that had done nothing, it actually worked! I was amazed, and have used it ever since. As I got older, and the price of prescriptions went up, I discovered that you can also but t/gel over the counter; it is available in chemists and all good supermarkets. I buy mine from Tesco, for a much cheaper price than a prescription would be!
I no longer use t/gel as much as I used to, as I have discovered that my psoriasis only rears it's ugly head (pardon the pun) in times of excess stress. With my wedding fast approaching, I feel that I may be using it a lot more! However, it still works just as well when I use it now after not using it for long periods.
The best way to use t/gel is to really massage it hard into damp hair, really working your fingers so that it gets into the scalp. Then leave it on for about 5 minutes, you should feel it working, it can give your head a bit of a tingly feeling. Then wash it out with warm water, using your fingers to make sure it's all out. Then condition your hair as usual.
Remember, t/gel is a highly medicated shampoo, and so a highly medicated smell does come from it. When you look at the list of ingredients, you can see why! However, I condition my hair afterwards, and that can dull the smell down considerably. Regardless of this, I would definitely recommend this product as the best on the market for problems such as scalp psoriasis, dandruff and excessive itching.
Aims to control the symptoms of Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis and reduce hyperkeratotic build-up (scaling and crusting) / Controls redness, intense itching and flaking of severe scalp conditions