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Why does Head and Shoulders seem to work for me?

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I used to let Head and Shoulders wash over my face, and even sometimes directly wash my face with it. But it's shampoo! So I've recently stopped using it on my face without really noticing that I did, and I'm breaking out horribly all over my jawline. I don't get any acne on my forehead or checks. Just my jawline. I'm not sure if I have another skin condition or what? Is anyone else having success with Head and Shoulders? Or is this an old debunked method?

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Probably because it has harsh anti fungus chemicals in it. People with acne are dealing with fungus issues.

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just two days into using head and shoulders on my face and wow... no new acne. I still have a ton of red marks, but stopping the source is a big start. I've always had white plugs on my face that I believed to be causing my breakouts and what not. This seems to get rid of all that and dry out my cysts completely. I just hope this continues to work. Any idea why this is working? or has anyone here had success with this regimen? Perhaps I have something similar to acne. ....

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just two days into using head and shoulders on my face and wow... no new acne. I still have a ton of red marks, but stopping the source is a big start. I've always had white plugs on my face that I believed to be causing my breakouts and what not. This seems to get rid of all that and dry out my cysts completely. I just hope this continues to work. Any idea why this is working? or has anyone here had success with this regimen? Perhaps I have something similar to acne. ....

i get something similar, but mines look more like white rice grains. Do these white plugs that you have leave you with enlarged pores?

Also which head and shoulders do you use?

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just two days into using head and shoulders on my face and wow... no new acne. I still have a ton of red marks, but stopping the source is a big start. I've always had white plugs on my face that I believed to be causing my breakouts and what not. This seems to get rid of all that and dry out my cysts completely. I just hope this continues to work. Any idea why this is working? or has anyone here had success with this regimen? Perhaps I have something similar to acne. ....

i get something similar, but mines look more like white rice grains. Do these white plugs that you have leave you with enlarged pores?

Also which head and shoulders do you use?

Yes. They are hard small white rice grain looking things, and after I remove them (usually with my fingernail, fingers, or tweezers) it leaves behind a large extracted pore. Mind you I also have inflamed acne in other areas. Maybe due to this blockage. I don't know. If it is head and shoulders that's helping me then it must be some kind of yeast growing in my pore, along the hair follicle.

I use the regular classic clean. All over my face. Rinse well. Today I woke up with no new breakouts, and the old ones are still healing nicely.

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Head and Shoulders will work if you have what is called "seborrheic acne-prone skin". This is a quote from the Eucerin site:

In seborrhoea, an increase in sebum secretion (i) causes excessive development of the lipophilic portion of the hydrolipid film. Most affected are skin areas with a rich occurrence of sebaceous glands (i): the face, chest, shoulders and back. Seborrhoea promotes skin conditions such as acne, seborrheic eczema and rosacea, as well as fungal and bacterial infections.

So it doesn't hurt to try something like this and see if it helps. My son uses a tea tree oil shampoo daily and he uses the suds from his hair to wash over his face. He swears that it stopped his acne. Supposedly tea tree oil works like the ingredients in Head and Shoulders but more slowly.

BP and retinoids used with an antibacterial soap also kill fungus and bacteria.

Some people find that using tea tree oil or shampoos like Head and Shoulders are too harsh for their skin. I did. But it can work as far as killing the fungus and bacteria.


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It is definitely drying, but its not the flaky/red dryness. It's more of a tightness that I get which I can tolerate considering I haven't been able to stop new acne in a while. I'm going to continue to use H&S to make sure it might be this and then start experimenting with other products that claim to be easier on the skin.

I looked on amazon.com and found a face cleanser by DERMAdoctor called born to be mild. Anyone try this? Also, there is allot of soap bars out there with the same zinc in them as H&S.

So your thinking I might get the same results using tea tree oil??

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By the way I ONLY get acne around my mouth and jawline. Never on my checks,forehead. Just in the beard area around the mouth. Not sure if this is an example of the condition you were talking about.

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You know it might be! My son uses a tea tree oil shampoo he gets in bulk from the health food store. It has a pepperminty kind of smell and makes the skin tingle. He originally got it for dandruff and then discovered that it helped acne too. I think it is definately worth a try!


Diagnosis - Cystic acne and papulopustular rosacea
Status - 98% clear

Morning - Panoxyl 10% Cleanser (BP), Cleocin-T, DML Lotion, Physician's Formula SPF 30 Mineral Pressed Powder, Spiro 50 mg (weaning off)

Night - Panoxyl 4% Cleanser, DML Lotion

Monthly - Professional microdermabrasion

Diet - Whole high nutrient unprocessed foods. Avoid oils, dairy, sugars, bread, nuts, alcohol, caffeine, spicy and fermented foods.

Supplements - Opti l-zinc, Citrical + D3, selenium, D

Daily - Walk, breath deeply, meditate and do yoga daily, wear hats for sun protection


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I might have to give it a shot. Though I'm going to leave things as is until I'm 100% clear. There has to be something in the H&S that I can find in another product that isn't as tightening as the H&S. It would be nice to find something I can also shave with. The less work the better :)

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Old thread but the magic ingredient is Zinc Pyrithirone. Dermacinz from Ireland and I believe Dermazinc in the US both contain it. It's a broad spectrum anti fungal, antibacterial and anti inflammatory. It possibly also has some less well documented effects that act on wound healing and sebum secretion. That said it can cause mild irritation, cells see it as a heat shock response inducer. I've used Dermacinz for years now. It's not a magic bullet but does help my cystic acne a lot.

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