Can anyone recommend a shampoo that really cleans the pores of the scalp? Even though my dermatologist dismissed my fears that clogged pores were contributing to follicle miniaturization (I read about this everywhere, but she didn't give the idea credence) I suspect it is part of my problem. (I have very oily skin.) Since I started combing my scalp to clean it after showering (never did this before b/c I have curly hair), I've seen some improvement. Here's my story, in case it resonates with others' experiences: I chose tubal ligation surgery 2 years ago this spring, when I was 39. Three months after surgery I began pulling handfuls of hair out in the shower, and developed crazy dandruff. Having never had it before, I thought I had some sort of shampoo build up. I let the problems go on way too long, and tried, unfortunately, washing my hair less. I had experienced post-pregnancy hair loss before, which eventually righted itself; I was convinced this would get better, and that "less was more" in terms of treatment. The hair loss did not abate, for 9 months. (Eventually I started taking pictures of the hairballs on a daily basis, until I determined that I would soon go crazy if I didn't figure out how to think about my problem less.) A year ago I finally visited a dermatologist, who told me I had seb derm. Scalp biopsies showed excessive hair loss, but other labs were normal. Over the past year I've tried 5% tea tree and oregano oil shampoos, aloe vera gel, T gel, zinc, and salicylic acid shampoos. I started 2% minoxidil in October and moved up to 5% a month ago. I have tried to avoid the "nuke it" approach, and have steered clear of steroids and spironolactone, though one dermatologist wanted me to use both. (It irritates me that this doctor did not tell me to make sure I washed my hair daily, or to comb it....Instead he prescribed concoctions that fried the hair I had left, leaving it very brittle. He also told me he thought my minor 30 minute tubal ligation surgery had stressed me out, and that my hair would grow back.) ANYWAY: I lose much less hair these days, praise God, but every time I apply Rogaine, I see tiny hairs falling into my sink basin. This drives me NUTS. If any of this sounds familiar, and you think you can help, I'd love your advice.