Alphosyl is a 2-in-1 shampoo used to treat scalp conditions including eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. It should be used one or two times per week to reduce dandruff, or once every two or three days for the other scalp conditions.
The active ingredient is coal tar extract, a substance which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Once absorbed into skin cells, coal tar prevents excessive cell multiplication. This prevents skin from becoming inflamed or scaly. Coal tar can also break down keratin, the protein which makes up hair and the outer layer of the skin. This prevents skin cells from building up on the scalp.
Although your scalp may be itchy, Alphosyl will be most effective if you refrain from itching your skin while washing your hair. Many hair styling products can cause irritation or inflammation, so try to avoid these until your scalp condition has been treated.
Massage Alphosyl into wet hair and the scalp. After a few minutes, you should have a lather which covers the affected areas. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair, and repeat the process if required.
Alphosyl should be used one or two times per week to reduce dandruff, or once every two or three days for the other scalp conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis).
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Alphosyl 2-in-1 shampoo, however if you do they can include:
Hair loss, eye irritation, skin irritation, discoloration of hair or skin, change in hair texture, rash, swelling, increased sensitivity to sunlight.
Some of the above may be due to your scalp condition. Take notice of any effects that you experience for the first time once you start using this treatment.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Do not use this shampoo if the affected area of skin is broken or infected.
Alphosyl is unsuitable for you if you may be allergic or sensitive to coal tar, or to any of its inactive ingredients such as parahydroxybenzoates. Stop using Alphosyl if you begin to notice a reaction to the product.
Children under the age of 12 should only use Alphosyl if advised by a GP or pharmacist.
Keep this product away from your eyes and mouth.
Alphosyl may increase your sensitivity to sunlight, so avoid tanning beds or excessive sunlight while using this treatment.
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredient contained in Alphosyl 2-in-1 shampoo is:
5% alcoholic coal tar extract
Alphosyl also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, lauramide DEA, herbal fragrance 41.423, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose 2910, citric acid anhydrous, guarhydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, patet blue V (E131), propylhydroxybenzoate (E216), methylhydroxybenzoate (E218), water.