No sulfates, no parabens, and the "no-poo" method: a new patient perspective on common shampoo ingredients

Cutis. 2018 Jan;101(1):22-26.


The ingredients in shampoos and other cosmetic products have become scrutinized by the general public and the Internet has contributed to misinformation about certain shampoos. Dermatologists must be prepared to acknowledge the concerns that their patients have about common shampoo ingredients to dispel the myths that may misinform patient decision-making. This article reviews the controversy surrounding the use of sulfates and parabens in shampoos, as well as commonly used shampoo alternatives, often called the "no-poo" method.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making
  • Dermatologists / organization & administration
  • Hair Preparations / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Parabens / chemistry*
  • Sulfates / chemistry*


  • Hair Preparations
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates