Dealing With Dandruff
If dandruff is the only thing standing between
a closet full of basic black, you're not alone.
one time, millions of Americans have this chronic
disorder, which is marked by itching and
flaking of the scalp. Although dandruff isn't
contagious and is rarely serious, it can be
embarrassing and surprisingly persistent.
Dandruff is a chronic condition that can almost
be controlled, but it may take a little patience
persistence. In general, mild scaling can often
helped by daily cleansing with a gentle shampoo
reduce oiliness and cell buildup.
When regular shampoos fail, OTC dandruff shampoos
succeed. But dandruff shampoos aren't all alike,
you may need to experiment until you find one
works best for you. Dandruff shampoos are
according to their active ingredient:
Zinc pyrithione shampoos (Suave Dandruff
Shampoo, Head & Shoulders). These contain the
antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc
which has been shown to reduce the fungus that
dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Tar-based shampoos (Neutrogena T/Gel, Tegrin).
tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing
helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic
dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing cell
coal tar has an "earthy" smell, can give
hair an orange tint and may make treated skin
sensitive to sunlight.
Shampoos containing salicylic acid (Ionil T).
"scalp scrubs" help eliminate scale, but they may
your scalp dry, leading to more flaking. Using a
conditioner after shampooing can help counter
Selenium sulfide shampoos (Selsun, Exsel).
shampoos help prevent cell turnover and may also
the number of malassezia. Because they can
blonde, gray or chemically colored hair, be sure
them only as directed and to rinse well after
Ketoconazole shampoos (Nizoral). The newest
to the dandruff armamentarium, ketoconazole is a
broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work
other shampoos fail. It's available over the
well as by prescription.
Try using one of these shampoos daily until your
dandruff is controlled, then cut back to two or
times a week. If one type of shampoo works for a
and then seems to lose its effectiveness, try
alternating between two types of dandruff
sure to leave the shampoo on for at least 5
this allows the ingredients time to work. Some
suggest lathering twice for best results.
If you've shampooed faithfully for several weeks
there's still a dusting of dandruff on your
talk to your doctor or dermatologist.
Information courtesy of Physician's Choice.