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Studies on the Effect of Shampoos on Scalp Lipids and Bacteria

  • A. M. Kligman
  • K. J. McGinley
  • J. J. Leyden


The sale of hair products has expanded enormously in the last decade. Shampoos constitute the bulk of these and shampooing is almost a daily rite for most persons. Despite great interest on the part of consumers, scientific studies of their effects have been slight and knowledge is surprisingly meagre. The literature is mainly silent on many matters of practical medical importance. For example, is shampooing necessary to maintain scalp health? How efficient are shampoos in removing sebum and scales from the scalp surface? What are the performance differences in shampoos for dry vis-à-vis oily hair? How rapidly do lipids reaccumulate after shampooing? How effective are shampoos in removing bacteria? Dermatological texts contain extended discussions of scalp diseases such as psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, infectious disorders, etc. No mention is made of the general principles of scalp hygiene.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Sebaceous Gland Hair Shaft Seborrheic Dermatitis Sebum Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Kligman
    • 1
  • K. J. McGinley
    • 1
  • J. J. Leyden
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Duhring LaboratoriesUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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