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What Kind of Shampoo to Use for Dandruff?

Regular Shampoo

A case of dandruff does not mean you have to search for and use a special shampoo. Sometimes, the best solution to get rid of dandruff is to use the ordinary shampoo you already have more often. Shampooing as soon as the dandruff scales develop can minimize the flake fest.


A dandruff shampoo containing 1-percent ketoconazole may be necessary for tough cases. Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal medication. Using it does not mean your scalp has a fungal infection. But, because dandruff may have links to an overgrowth of a certain type of fungus on the scalp, ketoconazole can help put an end to your itchy dilemma.

Salicylic Acid and Sulfur

Salicylic acid and sulfur may sound a bit sinister as the active ingredients in a shampoo, but it's a combination that can stop dandruff in its tracks. Salicylic acid and sulfur are keratolytic agents. They go to work right away to break down dry skin scales so you can easily wash them down the drain.


When it comes to fighting dandruff, it’s not only what you use, it’s how you use it. Shampoo your hair once and rinse. Shampoo a second time, this time building up a really good lather and leaving it on your hair and scalp for five minutes before rinsing. Give your scalp a massage with the balls of your fingertips to help loosen stubborn scales and flakes. If you can't eliminate the dandruff on your own, talk to your doctor. She may be able to suggest a prescription medication that will take care of the flakes.

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