Tricho­tillo­mania Support Online

Skin & Hair Care

Here we list some personal findings of individuals who use this website. They have told us about things they think either decrease or increase their urges to hair pull. As far as we know, the effects of these products have not been tested for treatment of trichotillomania but they are commonly used for other conditions. Please do not use these products on your eyes.

PRODUCTS THAT SOME FIND HELPFUL

  • Aloe Vera
    • (a) direct from plant - cut off a leaf, slice it down the middle and apply sap to affected areas. Some find it soothing to leave a leaf in the fridge and use it from there.
    • (b) Aloe Vera gel. May also be left in fridge.
  • Tea tree oil to soothe itchy scalps and help after an attack of hair pullingg.
  • Witch Hazel
  • Cuticura
  • Ultraviolet light and sun ray lamps may stimulate hair growth and heal sores
  • Keep your hair and hands clean and eyes free from make-up as much as you can
  • Insecticidal shampoos - There is absolutely no evidence that trich is mite or insect related, but nevertheless some people have reported that insecticidal shampoos have helped them. It's worth a try!
  • Numbing creams - N.B. There has been research on one patient who found a numbing cream effective for treating eyebrow urges.
  • Avoiding hair products completely, and washing hair with only warm water or salt water
  • Anti fungal shampoo without the ingredients listed below.

PRODUCTS THAT SOME FIND INCREASE THEIR URGES

  • PH Balance Shampoos like Neutrogena
  • Shampoos/deodorants or hand creams containing alcohols, cetearyl, cetostearyl, cetyl.
  • Heavy make-up may increase lash/brow urges