Dandruff is a problem that 50% of us will experience at least once in our lives. Recent research suggests that chronic dandruff problems can lead to hair loss through breakage, because constant scratching isn't good for your scalp. Caused by a tiny fungus called Malesezzia Globos, dandruff is easily treatable--the real issue is in trying to figure which anti-dandruff shampoo works best for you. Always seek the advice of an experienced medical professional before trying new products, but below are five simple five tips for using dandruff shampoo.
- Follow instructions.
Dandruff must be treated on a regular basis. If you're scalp is prone to flakes, it's best to incorporate anti-dandruff shampoo into your showering routine because conditions are prone to return after they've stopped. However, some shampoos have strict guidelines and directions for use. For example, Nizoral should only be used three to four times a week for the first month and once every week or two thereafter.
- Look to zinc for minor flake-ups.
Most anti-dandruff products use a substance called zinc pyrithione to combat cell growth on the scalp. Restricting cell growth means less flakes, hence less dandruff. If your dandruff issues aren't chronic, as in you only see it from time to time, look for products that contain zinc in them.
- Use ketoconazole for serious issues.
Products such as Nizoral incorporate this anti-fungal agent to help kill off the tiny fungus that causes dandruff. Not only is Ketoconazole good for dealing with chronic cases of dandruff, but works excellently if you suffer from seborrhoeic dermatitis--a kind of "super dandruff" that effects about 1 in 25 people and results in nasty flaking, scabbing, and the formation of yellow dandruff crust.
- Get the timing right.
Sometimes dandruff accumulates on the scalp as a result of poor shampooing technique. Always thoroughly rinse shampoo within one minute of application with warm water followed by conditioner, which should remain without rinsing for about two minutes.
- Talk to your doctor.
As shown above, some shampoos are formulated to treat conditions that have nothing to do with poor shampooing techniques and require special attention. Brands such as Head & Shoulders, Nizoral, and Molton Brown's Anti-Dandruff Jackberry Hair Wash can help you self-treat, but when you have to resort to heavier products that contain Ketoconazale perhaps it's time for you to seek the advice of a doctor to determine what works best for you.