View Full Version : Steroid shampoos?

Banana Republic
12-26-2014, 07:59 PM
Has anyone tried a steroid shampoo for their scalp?

I have a dry scalp and also a couple of small, dry patches of skin on my face. The dryness gets worse in the winter, since I live in one of the driest and coldest parts of Canada. For relief, I apply a hydro-cortisone cream to the patches on my face, which is very effective in returning the skin to a normal condition. I'm wondering if a steroid shampoo, if there is such a thing, might not only keep my scalp healthy, but also reduce shedding. My shedding has been getting out of control this winter.

Does anyone have any experience with steroid shampoos?

Banana Republic
12-26-2014, 11:42 PM
Also, I've been looking at a product on Amazon called Scalpicin. It's a topical hydrocortisone designed to relieve the scalp of dryness and itchiness.

This review in particular caught my attention (please see the part in bold):

If you're reading this, you're probably scratching your head. Literally.

In the last 20 years I have tried:

Head & Shoulders
Selsun Blue
Pine Tar
Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo
Salicylic Acid solutions, 1, 2 and 3%
Mayonnaise (Don't laugh...you know you've tried it)
Lemon juice
Shaving my head
Epsom Salts
And so many others, I don't wish to recall them!

Then, my new-found BFF, Dr. Karen D. (Dermatologist) said a simple word: Scalpicin. What? I inquired. "Hydrocortisone, topical" she said.
After a major facepalm, I realized the folly of my previous attempts to merely control the 'scaly scalp' I'd suffered since puberty.

The "root" of the problem was inflammation. Cure the inflammation and you've cured the scalp-scale! (Hindsight is 20-20, but I still say to myself DEUGHHHHHHH!!!!!"

So, I go to my local CVS and purchase a bottle of Scalpicin Max. Strength. I was forewarned not to apply it to a large area of my head, due to risk of side effects. After a week, my 'dandruff' was gone. AND MAJOR BONUS!!!! All the areas of prematurely thinning hair, filled in beautifully. The very texture of my hair went from brittle and dry to supple and thick. The transition took about 6 weeks.

I'm a different man because of this product. My hair is growing in darker and thicker.

Note: Due to risky side effects, I only use Scalpicin every 5 days. The cortisone in it can enter your bloodstream and cause side-effects in line with oral prednisone...not a good thing! Daily use is not indicated or safe for long term.

Any of you psoriasis sufferers out there, please try this product! It can help you tremendously.

Thanks for taking the time to read this review! Please vote it as helpful if you think it deserves such.



Yes, I'm skeptical. But still: any thoughts?

12-30-2014, 02:50 PM
Your skepticism is well founded...