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How To Properly Use Dandruff Treatment Products

How To Properly Use Dandruff Treatment Products

In this post I will introduce you remedies for the dry itchy scalp or seborrheic dermatitis and how to use it properly, some tricks to achieve the best results from dandruff products you using. I think that you know that scalp dandruff is common and most people misinterpret the scale and itch as ‘dry scalp’, it’s not right. The scalp is not dry, it has a rash condition and medicated shampoos deliver the medicine necessary to treat the problem. Here you can find some right instructions that dermatologists usually giving their seborrheic dermatitis patients.

How to use Dandruff Shampoo

Try the medicated shampoo as often as possible. Initially, you may want to shampoo every day until your scalp is controlled. Remember, shampooing delivers medicine to the scalp skin and it also helps to remove the oils and scale that contribute to seborrheic dermatitis.

Lather and rinse your hair twice with each washing

Each lathering needs to reach down to the skin of your scalp. Evenly cover the skin with suds and rub or scruff them into the scalp using your fingertips or a scalp scrubber. Use a non-medicated shampoo for your first lather to clean dirt, oil and hair care products from your scalp and hair. Use your medicated shampoo for your second lather and allow the shampoo to stay on your scalp for about 5 minutes before rinsing. You can follow up with conditioners or the other hair care products that you like to use.

Rotate your medicated dandruff shampoo active ingredients

Use a different type of medicated ingredient each time that you shampoo. Your scalp gets used to one ingredient and you need to keep rotating through at least 3 different ones. This phenomenon is called tachyphylaxis and it’s why medicines sometimes quit working. Continue using your medicated shampoos until your scalp is controlled plus at least a month. If you stop too soon, dandruff comes back faster than if you really chase it away with persistent treatment.

Many medicated shampoos are harsh to your actual hair shafts

If you have fine or fragile hair then take care to only apply the shampoo to your scalp skin. There’s no need to lather up the full length of your hair shafts because you cleaned them with your first, non-medicated shampoo product.

Medicated ingredients in dandruff shampoos

Medicated shampoos basically boil down to 5 different ingredients. When your staring at the shelf of dandruff products in any pharmacy, realize that there are really only 5 choices. Pick the ones with the highest concentration of active ingredients. You should pick at least 3 different active ingredients and rotate the products.

The main active product ingredients in medicated shampoos are:

Zinc Pyrithione: fine but quite gentle dandruff shampoo ingredient.

Salicylic Acid with or without Sulfur. These medicines are also fairly gentle on fine or treated hair.

Ketoconazole. This is a strong antifungal product. It’s reasonably gentle on fine hair. The brand name product is Ketocip or Nizoral (1% ketoconazole)

Selenium Sulfide: This very effective ingredient has been around for years. It’s a little harsh on fine hair.

Tar: These ingredients work really well but will yellow light coloured hair. It also smells like tar and no amount of perfume can mask that smell in your hair. The tar concentration can be described in different terms.

Please remember that if your scalp does not improve you should see your doctor be sure that you don’t have a more unusual reason for having an itchy scalp!

Post by:

Dermatologist Marcela J






Marcella Jiovanni

Skin Care Professional

“Marcella Jiovanni actively promotes the importance of maintaining healthy skin, she envisions the future of dermatology as moving away from pure medical, pharmacological dermatology and flowing more toward a holistic approach to wellness and skincare.”