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Neutar vs. Itchy-Scratchy,
This review is from: Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, Original Formula, 8.5 Ounce (Health and Beauty)
If your scalp is itchy T/Gel is worth a try for as long as you are willing to keep using it for a few months. It worked for me but there were no 'instant' improvements. In my case the itchiness went away VERY slowly but, 3 months later, it's 99% gone.
I'm not sure what the exact problem my scalp had the itchiness refused to go away. It was so bad, I couldn't stop myself from scratching which, of course, ensured that my scalp stayed itchy and irritated. Discussing the problem with our good family doctor did not help much. He had nothing to prescribe but suggested that I massage my scalp with cortisone cream - messy because I have a full head of hair and I am not planning to shave it - and predicting that the itchiness will get worse in the winter. (Thank you doc!)
To make the story short, I stumbled upon a bottle of T/Gel left over from the time I used it (effectively) to address a dandruff problem and decided to give it a try. The box claims that this is 'effective from the first use'. It's not. My scalp was still itchy one month later but not as much. And... as weeks went by I noticed that I wasn't scratching or massaging my head as much and the itch was largely gone now.
I can't say that the T/Gel cured me and it's quite possible that the itchiness would come back if I stopped using it. Maybe I will experiment with that in a couple of months but, at this time, I am content and happy to have it at least under control with one weekly T/Gel use. Yes, it smells a little funny but if you use it before going to bed the smell should be gone by morning.
The product deserves my 5 stars because it worked for me. It's possible that it doesn't work for everyone but I can't see how trying it would hurt.
NOTE: about the smell.
The active ingredient that addresses itching and flaking is 'coal tar' which is smelly. Neutrogena has patented something they call NEUTAR which is a more refined version of coal tar that doesn't smell as bad as the traditional ingredient. This version of T/Gel contains 2% NEUTAR.