Do I have a sulfate sensitivity?
I seem to have a chronic case of sort-of-dandruff that doesn’t respond to dandruff shampoo, nor does it behave like typical dandruff. My scalp, however, tends to be very sore and irritated, and sometimes seems to want to flake as you would expect with dandruff. Nothing major, just kind of sore and annoying.
Last year I stopped using traditional shampoo, temporarily, and within a week my scalp had healed. Recently my hair has been misbehaving and my scalp was hurting again, so I switched to a sulfate free/silicone free shampoo. My scalp healed within a week. Again.
I can’t believe that is a coincidence, so I have a few questions:
-Is it likely that I have some kind of sulfate allergy or is it a sensitivity? Is there much of a difference?
-Would I likely benefit from finding sulfate free body cleansers as well as shampoo?
-Are there any other common products that contain related ingredients that might be causing me a reaction that I am not connecting?
-Any jellies have personal experience with this and wish to share product recommendations or suggestions?
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