Additional Patient Information

Dandruff Shampoos

Authors: Drs. Lulit Price, Neelam Vashi, and Nkanyezi Ferguson

What do I use dandruff shampoos for?

  • Flaking
  • Itching

How and when do I use these shampoos?

  • Wash hair at least once weekly
  • Rub shampoo gently into scalp (rub into scalp only as shampoos can be drying to the hair)
  • Select sulfate-free antidandruff shampoos whenever possible
  • Leave on for at least five minutes before rinsing
  • Using two shampoos with different active elements may work best. Switch shampoos each week.
  • You can use your regular shampoo to the rest of your hair and moisturizing conditioner after using dandruff shampoos if desired

What shampoos can I buy?
Below is a list of active elements that help with itching, redness, and flaking. Please note that some of these may be drying on the scalp.

  • Pyrithione Zinc
  • Ketoconazole
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Tar (Note: tar may turn white/gray hair yellow if used often)
Newsletter Icon

Join Our Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings related to The Skin of Color Society.

Newsletter Icon

Research Award

Click here for more information on the Valeant Research Award.

Learn More
>

Did you know Icon

Did You Know

Skin of color patients comprise the majority in California, New Mexico and Texas…and soon will be the majority in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New York and Florida.

By 2050, more than 50% of the US population will have skin of color.