A Shakedown on Dundruff

September 06, 2014

To control common dandruff:

Shampoo regularly. Start with a mild, non-medicated shampoo. Gently massage your scalp to loosen flakes. Rinse thoroughly.

Use medicated shampoo for stubborn cases. Look for those containing zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, coal tar or selenium sulfide on shampoo brands. for best results, use a dandruff shampoo each time you shampoo.

Use tar-based shampoos carefully. These shampoos are strong dandruff deterrents, but they can leave brownish stain on light-colored or gray hair. they also can make your scalp more sensitive to the sun. Check the label for ingredients.

Treat your hair gently. Dandruff shampoos can be harsh on your hair and scalp. Use a conditioner regularly. for mild cases of dandruff, alternate dandruff shampoo with your regular shampoo.

See a dermatologist. If dandruff persists, or if your scalp becomes irritated or severely itchy, you may need a prescription shampoo.


Source: Mayo Clinic

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