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How Does Anti-Bacterial Shampoo Work

Antibacterial shampoos work to rid the scalp and hair of bacteria and fungi which cause disturbances in the homeopathy of skin and hair. Some anti-bacterial products are bacteriostatic while others are bactericidal.

The bactericidal shampoos will kill invading agents of bacterial and fungal groups. The way that happens is either by denying bacteria and fungus access to nourishment for their own propagation or by presenting an agent that is toxic to their survival but does not harm the human skin and hair.

What Are Anti-Bacterial Agents

Salicylic acid is known to be very effective against bacteria. It has high anti-microbial properties to rid the scalp of
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disease-causing organisms. Streptococcus is especially susceptible to the antimicrobial force of salicylic acid. There are also products extracted from plants that will work either alone or in conjunction with chemical antibacterial and antifungal shampoos.
Other ingredients in shampoos that kill bacteria and fungus are ketoconazole, Emu Oil, Zinc and selenium.

Some of the shampoos use certain tea tree oils rather than chemicals as ingredients. Tea Tree oil, Zinc and Emu Oil are all natural anti-bacterials. Emu oil, in particular, also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it especially useful in shampoos and scalp and skin treatments.

What Are The Kinds Of Bacteria Or Fungi Treated With These Shampoos

The bacteria and fungi that can live on the scalp and hair are basically the same that live on skin. Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, are always present on skin. When they become too numerous, they can overwhelm the immune system and infections occur.

Escherichia coli are another bacterial culprit that can be extremely unpleasant to the skin. Fungal infections are also easily acquired. Pet owners can be frequently subjected to ringworm. On the scalp, ringworm, or tinea capitis, will leave a round area devoid of hair if untreated. Frequent use of antifungal shampoos can be very helpful in keeping bacteria and fungi from multiplying.

How Is Antibacterial And Antifungal Shampoo Applied

These shampoos work exactly as any other shampoo. By massaging shampoo into the scalp, the antimicrobial and antifungal properties will have the best access to the skin on which the organisms live.

Daily use may be recommended for infections that are more than superficial. Fungal infections require a more vigorous treatment than do most bacterial infections. Leaving the shampoo on the scalp for ten to fifteen minutes may provide added benefits.

What Is Important In An Antibacterial Shampoo

Treatment with an antibacterial shampoo that is designed to protect the body from deleterious microbes must serve two purposes. One purpose is to rid the skin and hair of the offending organisms.

For this, strong ingredients are sometimes required to be placed directly onto a personís skin. This can create pain and redness which would be contrary to the purpose of the shampoo. Therefore, the second property of antibacterial and antifungal shampoos must be the safety of the person using it. Both properties are equally important.

Who Should Use Antifungal and Antibacterial Shampoo?

Bacterial Shampoo or antifungal shampoo should be used by any adult who has been exposed to a large number of microbes. After visiting and touching farm animals may be an excellent occasion to use this type of shampoo for the purposes of hygiene and prevention. A slight infection on the scalp is another reason to liberally employ the benefits of antibacterial and antifungal shampoo.
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