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A 26-year-old male asked:

I have an extremely hypersensitive scalp. every shampoo i use is extremely irritating, even baby shampoo. can i just wash my hair with plain water?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 26 years experience
Yes, but....: Sure, you can use just plain water. However, this would really be more of a rinse than a wash. There is a brand called vanicream that makes things specifically for sensitive skin. They make a shampoo and conditioner that some of my patients really like. It might be worth a try. Otherwise, seeing a dermatologist might be necessary to help find out a cause.

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