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Anti-dandruff shampoos in the “Öko-Test”: These are the most compatible

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Around 30 percent of women and 20 percent of men suffer from dandruff. This can have different causes. For example skin problems, improper care, hormonal changes, diet or hereditary predisposition. They are expressed by flakes of skin that collect at the roots, in the lengths and on the shoulders. Another typical symptom of dandruff is the scalp itchy that comes with it.

“Öko-Test” examines anti-dandruff shampoos for their tolerance

Often these symptoms can be alleviated by using an anti-dandruff shampoo from the drugstore. Since people with dandruff already have sensitive scalps, it is important to choose a product that is as tolerable as possible. That is why “Öko-Test” has tested 50 different anti-dandruff shampoos for their skin tolerance and published the results in the March issue (2021) and online.

The ingredients of the shampoos were analyzed for the test. Synthetic active ingredients such as piroctone olamine are mild and well tolerated, but cannot be used in natural cosmetic products. Instead, antimicrobial plant extracts and oils are used to fight dandruff. Including: rosemary, nettle, juniper or wheat germ oil. In contrast, climbazole, zinc pyrithione and selenium disulfide are among the active ingredients that the experts at “Öko-Test” warn against, as they can damage the skin and / or the environment. You should also stay away from products that contain formaldehyde, PEG compounds, sodium lauryl sulfate or the fragrances Lilial and artificial musk scent.

Anti-dandruff shampoo: That was the result of the “Öko-Test” test

In the “Öko-Test” compatibility test, only twelve of the 50 anti-dandruff shampoos tested were completely free of harmful ingredients. These twelve products (including all natural cosmetic shampoos) received the top rating “very good”. The grade “good” was given 15 times, while seven other shampoos were at least “satisfactory” and three were “sufficient”. The remaining 13 anti-dandruff shampoos failed the test with the marks “poor” and “unsatisfactory”.

These twelve anti-dandruff shampoos are the most well tolerated

These twelve products are among the anti-dandruff shampoos that scored best in the “Öko-Test” test:

  • Bioturm shampoo dandruff – 15.90 euros at Douglas *
  • Green Shampoo Anti-Dandruff Nettle & Sea Salt – 7.99 euros at Ecco Verde *
  • Khadi Neem Balance Shampoo Anti-Dandruff – 14.89 euros at Ecco Verde *
  • Logona anti-dandruff shampoo organic juniper oil – 6.95 euros at Flaconi *
  • Sante Family Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – EUR 3.49 at Amazon *
  • Schoenenberger Extra Hair Dandruff Shampoo Duo Naturell – 15.17 euros at Amazon *
  • Urtekram Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Nettle – 12.70 euros at Douglas *
  • Weleda Wheat Dandruff Shampoo – 6.26 euros at Amazon *
  • Annemarie Börlind Active Shampoo at Dandruff – 9.99 euros at Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof *
  • Alverde Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Organic Brazil Nut Organic Rosemary – 1.95 euros at Dm
  • Greendoor Basic Natural Shampoo Ginger Grapefruit – 8.95 euros at Rossmann
  • Yves Rocher Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – 5.50 euros at Yves Rocher

And these 13 shampoos that were only rated “poor” or “unsatisfactory” failed the anti-dandruff shampoo test:

  • Eucerin Dermo Capillaire Anti-Dandruff Cream Shampoo
  • Korres anti-dandruff shampoo
  • La Roche-Posay Kerium Anti-Dandruff Cream Shampoo
  • Brisk Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Classic
  • Crisan Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo
  • Dercos Anti-Dandruff DS Intensive Shampoo
  • Guhl Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Blue Mallow
  • Guhl Men Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Head & Shoulders For Men Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V anti-dandruff
  • Rene Furterer Melaleuca Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Schwarzkopf Men 3-way zinc anti-dandruff effect

You can read the entire test report here: Anti-dandruff shampoos tested by “Öko-Test”

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