There’s nothing like that feeling when you’re having a great hair day. But with the constant stream of haircare information in your feeds these days, it can be tough to figure out what products are going to be best for your specific hair needs. We’ve got you covered – explaining what dermatologically tested haircare means and why these products can help you on your way to more great hair days.

What is dermatologically tested haircare?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of how and why, lets back up and talk about what the term ‘dermatologically tested’ means. Dermatological testing is performed on cosmetic products such as haircare to see whether it causes irritation or reactions when it’s applied to the skin of a person. Dermatological testing for shampoos and conditioners is often done using something called ‘patch testing’, where the product is applied to just a small section of skin to look for any signs of irritation or reaction.

What are the benefits of dermatologically tested shampoo and conditioner?

In Australia, ingredients in cosmetic products are assessed for safety by a specific government department. There are also strict rules that state all ingredients in a cosmetic product must be listed on the label. But when it comes to the actual shampoos and conditioners, dermatological testing helps to show whether all those ingredients combined together in that particular final product may or may not cause a reaction for people who use them.

Why use dermatologically tested haircare?

So, what factors might be important when looking for haircare products to meet the needs of your hair and scalp?

Skin protection

When you choose a shampoo or conditioner that has been dermatologically tested, you know it has undergone assessment in its final form to show that it is unlikely to cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. While there is no guarantee how your skin may react to any new product, choosing dermatologically tested haircare can help minimise your risk of irritation or reactions – helping you take care of your scalp even if it’s feeling a bit sensitive!

Haircare to suit different types of hair and hair needs

In addition to patch testing, haircare products may be assessed on how well they take care of certain hair and scalp concerns. These assessments usually involve people answering specific questions about what the product did and how well they felt it worked. In this way, you can understand which shampoos and conditioners can help effectively address your specific hair and scalp needs.

The Dermaveen Hair + Scalp range is dermatologically tested

The Dermaveen Hair + Scalp range of shampoos and conditioners are all dermatologically tested and specially formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal to hydrate your hair while also soothing, protecting, and nourishing dry, itchy, or sensitive scalps.

At Dermaveen, sometimes what doesn’t go into our haircare products is just as important as what does go in! The Dermaveen Hair + Scalp range are free from common irritants, including parabens, fragrances, soap, and alcohol (ethanol). The shampoos and conditioners are hypoallergenic and pH balanced, and made with a gentle formula that’s suitable for daily use and nourishing ingredients that leave hair soft and silky.

With 6 in 1 skin benefits of OatActiv+®, Dermaveen Hair + Scalp Soothing Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner helps to retain the skin’s natural oils, gently cleansing and hydrating your hair while soothing and moisturising dry, itchy, and irritated scalps.

For sensitive scalps and dry, damaged hair, Dermaveen Hair + Scalp Extra Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated with soothing OatActiv+®,jojoba esters, and hyaluronic acid to nourish hair and scalp. Clinically proven to retain moisture in the hair for 72 hours and prevent hair breakage*, 8 out of 10 people who used Dermaveen Hair + Scalp Extra Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner felt that their hair was lighter, softer, and silky smooth.† 

For sensitive, dry, itchy, flaky scalps and oily hair, Dermaveen Hair + Scalp Deep Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner provide gentle deep cleansing and help to manage dandruff with soothing OatActiv+® and witch hazel. Clinically proven to decrease scalp oiliness by 63% after just 2 hours and increase hair shine by 19% after 72 hours,§ 9 out of 10 people who used Dermaveen Hair + Scalp Deep Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner agree that combined use reduces oiliness.

*vs control. Based on instrumental test, 2023.
With 28 days use. Based on subjective evaluation of 22 subjects, 2023
Based on clinical test on 22 subjects, 2023.
§With daily use. Based on clinical test on 22 subjects, 2023.
With 28 days use. Based on subjective evaluation of 12 subjects, 2023.

Dermatologically tested haircare FAQs


Dermatologically tested haircare products have been assessed on people with sensitive skin to show that they are unlikely to cause irritation or reactions. It’s helpful to check the ingredients and test a small area of your own skin before using any new products.


To help a dry scalp or help manage dandruff, choose a dermatologically tested shampoo and conditioner that has been formulated to provide gentle deep cleansing with soothing and hydrating ingredients, such as the Dermaveen Hair + Scalp range.


Haircare products that have been dermatologically tested will usually include this phrase on the product label.


Look for dermatologically tested shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for your hair type, such as a range that offers deep cleansing for oily hair or a range that provides extra hydration for dry or damaged hair.