As a seborrhoeic dermatitis sufferer, many over-the-counter shampoos and conditioners don’t work for me. My scalp itches, gets too dry or too oily, and my hair falls out a lot.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disorder and can affect the scalp, face and torso. It’s characterized by itchy, scaly flakes and when I pick at it, my skin becomes very red and bleeds. I’m lucky that mine is localized – only patches of my scalp and ears are affected. So besides topical steroid creams, I shopped around and found this:
I’ve been taking a look now and then at their Facebook page and website. MooGoo’s main cream is a modified cream made for human skin; the original was for healing cow udders, and now the range has expanded to include hair and scalp care, and even skin care. I guess the best way to summarize the ingredients used is that MooGoo doesn’t use SLS, parabens, or mineral oils. You can visit their website to find out more.
I got the set at a Caring’s Pharmacy in Pavilion KL. From memory it was around RM80+ – I bought it late last year and have been using it since.
The shampoo is quite strongly scented, but the fragrant oil used to perfume it is phthlate-free. The ingredients are decyl glucoside and cocoyl glucoside (from glucose), doscium cocyl sarcosinate and sodium laurylamphoacetate and cocobetaine (from coconut oil). It also contains glyceryl oleate (natural ester), glycol disterate (conditioner), guarsilk, piroctone olamine, allantoin, and milk proteins. What’s strange is that for a shampoo that brands itself as a “no itchy scalp – no dandruff” shampoo, there are none of the usual dandruff-fighting ingredients like Zinc Pyrithione. I have used those shampoos (examples include Head and Shoulders) but I must say that MooGoo’s Milk Shampoo is definitely gentler and helped with the seb derm problem I have. It worked in tandem with my steroid cream and calmed my scalp down. It wasn’t as itchy as before either. My only gripe is that it doesn’t foam, so I find I have to use quite a bit of it to really clean my hair, as my hair is quite thick and coarse.
Brilliant conditioner which contains rapeseed oil-derived detanglers, jojoba oil, oil oil, allantoin, milk protein, piroctone olamine and vanilla oleroesin essential oil. This doesn’t smell as overpowering as the shampoo but it does a great job of detangling. My pump was malfunctioning and I wrote a comment on their Facebook page to let them know. MooGoo shipped me a new pump free and it works really nicely. Unlike shampoos, I’m not too fussed about the ingredients in conditioners because I don’t use conditioners near my scalp. edit: MooGoo has confirmed that their conditioner is safe to use on the scalp. They recommend rubbing it all over the scalp together with the hair and rinse off thoroughly.
MooGoo’s gentle, safe formulas are designed to be environmentally friendly and as natural as possible. I think despite the higher price tag (in comparison with other SLS-laden shampoos), I am more than happy to repurchase this because it works. I think that we tend to torture our scalps too much and personally, my scalp problem needed to be taken care of properly, and the normal anti-dandruff shampoos weren’t working because it was just stripping my scalp dry.
MooGoo might want to tone down the scent of the milk shampoo though – it’s really sweet and strong. Funnily enough it does smell like a nature-derived scent though.
I’ve got maybe another month’s worth of usage on this before I move on to my next sensitive scalp shampoo (which also doesn’t contain SLS). So the shopping ban is still on ;).