Head and Shoulders got rid of all my back acne!!

All I used was "classic clean" Head & Shoulders and within a couple of weeks my back acne was gone.

Step 1: Gently wash back with a loof or back brush to help remove some of the dead skin cells.

Step 2: Wash back and shoulders in the shower with H&S by hand. Again be gentle otherwise you may irritate tyhe skin and make your acne worse.

Step 3: Rinse off completley. Do your normal shower routine elsewhere on your body.

Step 4: Just before you are about to get out the shower or bath, wash your back and shoulders again with H&S by hand, but this time DO NOT rinse off. Just pat the back and shoulders with your towel. The reason for this, is to leave a film of H&S on your skin throughout the day so that the zinc and the other benficial chemicals found in the shampoo can treat the skin.

You should see positive results within two weeks. If Head & Shoulders does not work, try a medicated dandruff shampoo like Selsun, which is very effective. Use Selsun just once a week, because it is strong.

ingredients taken from http://www.acne-wise.com/scarring.htm
Active Ingredients:

Zinc Pyrithione (2%) known for its anti-itching and anti-inflammatory properties, it is used for the relief of skin itching, redness, scaling, flaking and general discomfort brought on by dry skin associated with acne or other skin disorders. It attracts and bonds to dandruff flakes and dead skin cells to help remove from the skin.

Ketaconazole is also known to have antiandrogenic effects and can cause a reduction in the production of testosterone and other androgens by the adrenal gland and by the male and female reproductive organs. If you are interesting in this chemical and the Head and Shoulders treatment has not helped you, a good idea is to purchase Nizoral shampoo which contains 2% Ketoconazole.

Anti-proliferative agents slow down the production of skin cells without necessarily acting directly against the fungus. One such ingredient is coal tar, which treats only the symptoms of dandruff.

Keratolytic agents break down the intercellular bond (keratin) that holds skin cells together on the uppermost layer of the scalp. Therefore, when the top layer of cells are shed, they are separate rather than in clumps. These agents include sulfur and salicylic acid, which, again, treat only the symptoms and not the cause of dandruff.

Other active ingreients include Selenium Sulfide, Climbazole and Octopirox.

Inactive Ingredients: Citric Acid, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Yellow No. 5, Fragrance, Glycol, Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Sodium Laureth, Sulfate, Vitamin E and Sodium Hydroxide

scientific theory
For unknown reasons, dandruff Seborrheic Dermatitis often accompanies acne, especially in adolescents. The causes are similar. For dandruff sufferers, the natural process of scalp-cell renewal is accelerated when fighting off Pityrosporum ovale, a normal fungus found on every human head. This causes dead cells to slough more quickly, creating the symptoms we know as dandruff flaking, scaling and itching of the scalp. In some cases, dandruff flakes will find their way onto the surface of the face or back and block pores resulting in acne. Climate, heredity, diet, hormones and stress can also impact dandruff.

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4 thoughts on “Head and Shoulders got rid of all my back acne!!

  1. Very interesting. I used to use H&S but now only use it max 1 or 2 times a week. I don’t have bad back acne but I might consider doing that just to remove the "dark" spots I guess.

  2. Dawn,
    Makes sense to me!

    When ever I am having a problem with breaking out I always add some H&S to my regular daily shampoo because I have noticed that adding H&S to my regular shampoo helps ‘stop’ the breakout on my face. If I don’t add the H&S to my shampoo routine then the break out on my face does not stop as soon.

    I believe what is going on is that the Zinc Pyrithione kills off bacteria that are living on my hair and this hair bacterium is a contributing factor to my facial acne.

    Whatever is going on I do know adding H&S to my daily shampoo does help ‘zap’ facial acne.

    Glad to read that H&S also ‘zaps’ body acne!

    The ‘clone’ H&S shampoo that Wal Mart sells also contains the same amount of Zinc Pyrithione, and works the same as the more expensive product but costs less money!

    Solomio

  3. Just to let you guys know that I do not apply an extra film of head and shoulders to last all day anymore. And im still clear. (I dont do step 4)

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